On the “Nightly Show” Wednesday evening, Neil deGrasse Tyson went toe-to-toe with celebrity pastor Carl Lentz and comedian Tom Papa on a panel debating science and religion, saying that he rejected the notion of kindness and benevolence that goes hand in hand with peoples’ belief in God.
“Any time someone describes their understanding of God, typically it involves some statement of benevolence or some kind of kindness,” Tyson explained.
“I look out to the universe and yes, it is filled with mysteries, but it’s also filled with all manner of things that would just as soon have you dead. Like asteroid strikes, and hurricanes, and tornadoes, and tsunamis, and volcanoes, and disease, and pestilence,” he continued. “There are things that exist in the natural world that do not have your health or longevity as a priority. And so I cannot look at the universe and say that yes, there’s a God, and this God cares about my life — at all. The evidence does not support this.”
"But in all fairness, you just described the Old Testament," Wilmore joked.
Watch the full debate below: