I love a good mash-up! When two or more of your favorite things collide, there is amazing potential for awesome. In this case, two of my favorite scientists/science advocates mildly butt heads on the topic of science and religion.
Jerry Coyne (who is famously outspoken about the relationship of science and religion) recently published a few articles on his blog that contrast two videos of Neil deGrasse Tyson (who rarely addresses the subject of faith) discussing science and faith.
One video is from a 2006 Beyond Belief conference, the other published last year on Big Think. In the former, Tyson is much harsher on religion as he is addressing an audience of skeptics with a talk based on a piece he wrote in 2005 entitled, The Perimeter of Ignorance.
Coyne criticizes Tyson for getting soft over the years. He cites some clear ambiguities and makes his usual brilliant case in a gentlemanly manner he usually reserves for respected scientists.
Then the pièce de résistance: Tyson responds with an eloquent point by point breakdown of his perspective.
I love these men. They are both dearly important to science. Each has a vastly different approach to science advocacy, and each is just as necessary as the other.