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Does 'Cosmos' declare or does God declare the heavens

Hubble Telescope reveals oldest galaxies
Hubble Telescope reveals oldest galaxies
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There is a resurgence of the 1980 TV series "Cosmos" that was made popular by the late Carl Sagan. This new Cosmos Series excludes God like it did back in Sagan's day. The new Cosmos Series raises so many flags, mingling some good science with historical falsehoods, scientific errors, over simplifications, and logic lapses. This Cosmos Series was produced by Seth MacFarlane, a brilliant artist, outspoken atheist and creator of the debauched cartoon show like "Family Guy". MacFarlane quoted, "We've had a resurgence of creationism and intelligent design theory. There's been a real vacuum when it comes to science education". In Cosmos, he applied his creative skills in an attempt to eradicate creation thinking from popular thought.

Carl Sagan, an astronomer was one of 20th century's best communicators of science and naturalism. He had a philosophy that Colossians 2:8 tells us to beware. "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ". Sagan's philosophy excluded God and essentially replaced Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"., with "In the beginning hydrogen". Carl Sagan has expressed the naturalistic position on origins. The first sentence of his 1980 book "Cosmos" reads : "The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be". By the capitalized word "Cosmos", Sagan means the physical universe. This includes all atoms, galaxies, and natural laws, but it excludes the spirit world or any input from a Creator. This spontaneous assumption leads to a self-generating, evolutionary universe. This general term includes the development of all matter over time, as well as life.

Sagan's universe begins with a big bang. About 15 billion years ago a concentrated nugget or "kernel" of mass-energy suddenly exploded and began to expand. Space itself was formed as the universe spread outward. Hydrogen atoms first appeared in the debris, then stars and galaxies eventually formed some millions of years later. Generations of stars lived and died. Finally, in our region of the universe, the solar system resulted from random motions of gas and dust. Life began on the newly formed planet earth 4.6 billion years ago and slowly grew to its present complexity, all purely by random chance.

Very caustic threads of this philosophy wind through the new series of Cosmos with its tapestry of imaginative illustrations, visual feasts, and carefully crafted scripts. The new Cosmos host Dr. Neil degrasse Tyson, a scientist has let slip statements that reveal his God-omitting way of thinking. MacFarlane told, "The Los Angeles Times", "I thought we solved this whole evolution thing years ago but I guess not, I guess it still needs to be explained".

I believe the purpose of "Cosmos" is not to explore God's wondrous, awesome, cosmos with objective science but to more convincingly retell the tattered evolutionary story. Compared to what God has declared about his created universe.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork". (Psalm 19:1)

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear". (Hebrews 11:3)

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that were made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse". (Romans 1:20)