The self-described Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—have been waging an all-out battle for the supremacy of atheism over theism for the past few years, striving to recruit rational thinkers everywhere to their side in this epic culture war.
But not all rationalists are buying it.
One of my lifelong heroes, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is among those who feel that the militant atheists are fighting a battle that open-minded, responsible scientists shouldn’t be engaging in. A renowned astrophysicist and director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, Tyson is the Carl Sagan of the early 21st century, fanning the flames of cosmic wonder and scientific inspiration wherever he goes. In this video from Big Think, he explains why he disavows the atheist label, even though people try to pin it on him all the time: