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When Cosmos Brought Pantheist-Atheist Mythology into the Open

Image: Host Neil deGrasse Tyson glimpsed in a screenshot from the trailer for Cosmos 3.0, “Possible Worlds.” 

On a new episode of ID the Future, host Jay Richards concludes his multi-episode conversation with science historian Michael Keas about the 2020 National Geographic Channel series Cosmos: Possible Worlds. The two discuss the schizophrenia at the heart of the series — dour atheistic materialism one moment and gauzy, feel-good pantheism the next. Download the podcast or listen to it here.

Richards and Keas agree that if there’s one good thing to come of the series’ final episode, it’s that it brings the pantheistic religious mythology of the Cosmos franchise into the open. Everything comes together in a message that includes a creation myth, a story of sin (ecological sin), a salvation story, and even resurrection and ascension. Keas, author of Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion, emphasizes that while the new Cosmos series is supposed to be all about the “science,” it’s remarkably free of scientific evidence.