An Open Letter to Neil deGrasse Tyson, About His Religion: Science

Dear Neil,

Science is indeed powerful, useful, helpful, and exciting. But what you have promoted in this video is “Scientism,” not science.

Scientism promotes Science with a capital S as the solution to all of humankind’s ills. It promotes Science as the Savior of mankind. This is why Scientism, science presented in this way, the way you are presenting it, is itself a Religion.

Science with its pollution of the planet, its space junk orbiting us, its collateral damage, its radiation, its food additives, and its nuclear bombs, has often destroyed as much as it has created.

There is not, and cannot be, any morality in science itself.

The things you have said here are statements of philosophy and religion, not science. Science deals with facts only, not with “emergent truths.” Truth is in the magisterium of religion and philosophy and spirituality, not science.

Also, there are many human, psychological, and moral problems surrounding the pursuit of science that you do not seem to see. Scientists are humans. Humans have beliefs and fallibilities, and are subject to peer pressure, delusion, and institutional and monetary and governmental pressure. You seem to ignore all of these integral problems.

Evolution, Atheism, millions of years, vaccination risks, genetically modified food dangers, and climate change, are all highly monetized and politicized issues on which there is no clear consensus even among qualified scientists.

You yourself are often guilty of Bulverism: appropriating an authority outside your specialty of astrophysics.

The Truth, with a capital T, the real solution for the human spiritual questions of origin, truth, and destiny, are found in God, in Jesus the Christ. (John 6:47; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4)

The greatest problem of mankind is how to be forgiven of our moral wrongs and reconnected to God, and how to live from the Spirit of God and love others.

Scientism addresses none of these foundational spiritual concerns.

Please stop presenting Science as the answer to all human ills, because it clearly is not.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Curtis Smale,

P.S. I admire your honesty, humanity, warmth, genuineness, and enthusiasm for science.

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