A top Vatican astronomer has said that a number of public scientists claim to be atheists in order to appear credible, noting that a surprising number of scientists attend church.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, who has spoken on a number of topics concerning science and faith, told Vancouver Sun in an interview earlier this week that many “public scientists” are insecure about their rank.
“The scientists that you see on TV who are proclaimed atheists because they think it gives them credibility in science — which it doesn’t — are turning off the nine-tenths of the population that don’t call themselves atheists,” Consolmagno said, without naming names.
“Carl Sagan said ‘an atheist is someone who knows more than I do.’ Even he had to admit that he just didn’t know about the existence of God,” he reminded speakers, referring to the popular American astronomer and cosmologist.
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