Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson Thank Pope Francis for Embracing Science

neil-degrasse-tyson-bill-nyeFor well over a year now I’ve sat back and watch Pope Francis, the most recognized Christian religious leader in the world, essentially annihilate Republican ideology. He’s slammed trickle-down economics, pushed for acceptance of homosexuals and actually used Jesus’ own words to crush the GOP’s economic beliefs.

And the best part is, he couldn’t care less about the Republican party. Everything he’s said and supports is taken directly from his belief in what Christianity is and what Jesus Christ stood for. It just so happens that by finally pushing the Catholic Church to act more Christian he’s completely exposed “Christian conservatism” for the farce that it is.

It really is hilarious (and yet downright sad) that we finally have a Pope who’s trying to make the church follow the doctrine of the teachings of Jesus Christ – and it’s really pissing Republicans off.

Heck, back in October, Pope Francis even embraced science saying:

“The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love,” Pope Francis said. “The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”

He also went on to say, “When we read in Genesis the account of creation [we are] in danger of imagining that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand that can do all things. But he is not.”

Well, his words were apparently so surprising that they caught the attention of two of the most well-known scientists in the United States, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

During an episode of StarTalk Radio, the pair commented on the Pope’s comments with Tyson jokingly saying, “Do we write you a check Catholic Church? Thank you! You have now joined the last two centuries, welcome aboard!”

Though Tyson did explain that evolution has been an accepted principle among the Catholic Church for quite some time.

But the sad part of all of this is that I doubt anything Pope Francis says or does will make any difference among right-wing religious radicals. It’s like I’ve said before, they don’t follow Christianity, they follow “Republicanity.” It’s more of a cult than a religion or political party.

However, despite Republican ignorance, I’m glad to see leaders in the scientific community and religious community coming together on issues such as these. Though I’ll be honest, had someone told me a few years ago that one day I’d be talking about how Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson praised the Pope for his take on science, I would have said you were out of your mind.

And that’s a huge step in bridging two different worlds that I don’t feel have to be mutually exclusive.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Cemetery Girl

    I have never understood the seperation of faith and science. You can have faith and still understand and embrace science. Along the lines of the Pope’s quote, you can have faith and choose to see the scientific way our world works as a brilliant design. Science can also shed light on religion. Years ago a dig near Egypt showed how a massive volcano eruption could have caused some of the plagues in the story of Moses. It was rather fascinating. One could view it as completely disproving the story (it wasn’t wrath of God, just a volcano miles away) or view it as somewhat confirmation (the eruption would have caused “plagues”, which people would have interpreted as wrath).

  • JerseyTea

    The Pope’s beliefs align with those of Conservatives. He believes that the universe was created with the “creative intervention of God” as do Conservative Christians. He also believes in the LEGITIMATE redistribution of economic benefits, in other words VOLUNTARY charity rather than forced government redistribution. Conservatives have always given to charities to a greater extent then Liberals. The Pope also believes that marriage by definition is between a man and a woman, as do Conservatives. Contrary to what you believe, the Pope and Conservatives agree on far more than they disagree

    • Tracy L Avent

      where do you remotely get the notion that liberals are not generous and conservatives are? there is a central tenet of judaism that recommends alms be given anonymously and I have pretty much followed that myself, so I wonder how you magically know this.

      • FD Brian

        the Koch brothers told him.

    • FD Brian

      for starters you’re completely wrong in validating what conservatives give to charity and what the Pope feels are donations that support the teachings of Jesus. Not all 503c’s are created equal and not all of them are charities that benefit the poor, the needy, the hungry, the homeless, etc., giving to the opera house is not what the Pope would call a worthwhile expense unless you have given to help the less fortunate.

  • Robert B.

    Nice to hear that not all believe creation and evolution are mutually exclusive. I’ve been saying that for years and not gotten much pushback. Gets people thinking. Maybe they think I’m crazy. lol