I watched lectures by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. All brilliant men, excellent communicators and, above all, rhetorical sledgehammers.
They were also completely condescending, oafish arrogant jerks.
I understand their impatience with folks of faith. I really do get it. I mean, they spell out their case very well. I myself have little patience for closed-minded folks.
But the straw-man these guys set-up is beneath their standing and stature. Not all persons of faith are "young Earth" types that think the universe is 4,000 years old. Nor do many believers dismiss "The Big Bang" outright. We (myself included) understand and appreciate evolution, yet we QUESTION the gaps in the THEORY. *gasp!* How dare we?! They are so dogmatic, these scientists can't see that they have their own belief systems. And anyone that questions them, at all, is a heretic.
Tyson is just dismissive and impatient with faith. Dawkins is outright hostile, even angry. Krauss liked to belittle and poke fun at normal folks, like entire states (Arkansas, Oklahoma and such). Hey, it plays well in Helsinki.
I suppose seeing things in black and white goes with the territory, if you're a scientist. But out here in the real world, it's not that clean. And I get frustrated seeing brilliant folks that lack compassion, insight and common sense.
You don't bludgeon people into compliance. Unless you're a autocratic a-hole that doesn't like people.
Unlike their closed-minded dogmatic attitude, I'll continue to listen to "their side". And I will continue to see faith as a strength, not a weakness. I may even pray that those guys someday have their hearts opened. Even if there is no formula for that. Just gotta have faith.