Neil deGrasse Tyson: How can there be a God with 'an absence of benevolence' in the universe?
'StarTalk' host Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the existence of God. (Tech Insider)

Cosmos and StarTalk host Neil deGrasse Tyson admits he does not know whether there is a God -- but he also questions how such a being could be "benevolent."


"If God is benevolent, I look at the universe and see asteroids rendering life extinct, there's an absence of benevolence in the actual universe that I see," he told TechInsider. "That's always been a point of contention between philosophers and theologians."

The astrophysicist, who first made a similar argument last month on the Nightly Show, also pointed out that, as online records show, there is a long list of deities that have been worshipped through the ages.

He also said that, while one can be certain within their own self as to the existence of a God, that even the deeply religious have some doubt.

"That's why [it's] called faith," deGrasse Tyson argued. "If you were certain there was a God, you wouldn't have to call it faith. It'd be some other activity."

Watch deGrasse Tyson's commentary, as posted by Tech Insider, below.

[h/t The Friendly Atheist]