In a recent episode of the StarTalk radio podcast, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” joined Neil deGrasse Tyson to praise Pope Francis for showing solidarity with rational human beings with his recent comments on climate change and evolution.
In an October speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope said that God is “not a magician with a magic wand.”
Drawing the ire of many evangelical Christians (and some Catholics), the Pope added that 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 [biblical] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”
Acknowledging the Pope’s remarks, Nye was in a praiseful mood.
“Thank you! You have now joined the last two centuries, welcome aboard!” he joked.
But “I F*cking Love Science” founder Elise Andrew really touched on the irony of the whole thing, saying she finds the hype surrounding Pope Francis’ comments somewhat “bizarre.”
“I don’t know, I find it really bizarre, anyway. It kind of cracks me up anyway. I mean, American evangelists, when the Pope thinks you’re taking the Bible too seriously, it might be time to rethink your life choices,” Andrew said. “I mean, he’s the Pope. When he thinks you’re taking this whole religion thing too seriously? Just take a step back and take a look at yourself.”
You can listen to the entire podcast below. Their remarks about the Pope begin at around 51:40: