Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on the Nightly Show Wednesday to debate issues ranging from the existence of God to “what’s going on between our legs.”
Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and science communicator, points out to a panel composed of pastor Carl Lentz and comedian Tom Papa that the objectionable and unpleasant aspects of the universe go against their idea of a sympathetic and omnipotent creator.
“Anytime someone describes their understanding of God, it typically involves some statement of benevolence or some kind of kindness,” Tyson said. “I look out to the universe — and yes, it is filled with mysteries — but it’s also filled with all manner of things that would just as soon have you dead, like asteroid strikes and hurricanes and tornadoes and tsunamis and volcanoes and disease and pestilence.”
Lentz countered by citing the intelligent design argument.
“I think God created science, so for me I don’t think exploring any of this stuff is bad,” Lentz said. “I think it’s going to lead you to the knowledge that something had to begin this and there’s something more.”
The height of Tyson’s arguments came when he used reason to point out the lack of intelligent design when it comes to human genitals.
“I think of, like, the human body, and I look at what’s going on between our legs,” Tyson said. “There’s like a sewage system and entertainment complex intermingling. No engineer of any intelligence would have designed it that way.”
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