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How Cosmos Does Religious History Badly

Advance publicity for the FOX and National Geographic series Cosmos ran so hot that the ratings were bound to disappoint. After all, this is a science documentary stuck in the same time slot as Masterpiece Classic, The Good Wife, Duck Dynasty and River Monsters. Still, as an inveterate viewer of science documentaries, I haven’t missed an episode. I hoped to see the very latest astronomical images and cutting-edge CGI used to explain arcane scientific concepts, and have not been disappointed. When it’s describing the inner workings of atoms and stars, or telling the story of how scientists came to decipher starlight, Cosmos is terrific. Unfortunately, the series is sullied by the unscientific agendas of its producers. This may have been inevitable. Cosmos is a reboot of the 1980 PBS series of the same name, hosted by late astronomer and atheist evangelist Carl Sagan. The Cosmos redux is hosted by American astronomer and Sagan disciple Neil deGrasse Tyson, with help from Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan and Seth MacFarlane, creator of the vulgar animated series Family Guy and American Dad! The atheist MacFarlane is one of Christianity’s not-so-cultured despisers, so I expected a lot of bad materialist philosophy and shots at Christianity and religion. What I did not expect was the mistreatment of history. via The Federalist.

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