I imagine them in a duel.
On one side, a scientist with the latest laser-blasting bazooka. On the other, a believer with nothing more than a Bible and certainty.
At heart, though, they don't need to fight. Plenty of scientists are deeply religious. Plenty of deeply religious people still leave a place for science in their hearts (if not their souls).
Can't we all just get along? Oh, of course we can't.
Bill Nye debates creationist Ken Ham and neither seems to get anywhere with the other.
Moreover, those labeled creationists complain that Neil DeGrasse Tyson hasn't left room for their version of life as we don't know it in his fine series "Cosmos."
It is left, therefore, to comedians to bridge the gap between the two entrenched armies of truth.
Why not present a more fundamentalist explanation of our world's existence and history? Why not depict Earth as less an example of evolution and more the result of divine intervention?
Some might feel that Timothy Simons (the not-so-Biblical Jonah in "Veep") is less immediately persuasive than Tyson. He's a little too much like a Ph.D student, rather than a seasoned professor.
He does, though, present an uplifting and sincere air, as he explains the world's existence with short words, short sentences and, indeed, a very short series.
After all, if there's only one explanation for everything, there are few mysteries left to be unraveled.
My own experience suggests the world is an absurd place, full of nonsense and non-sequiturs.
My sense of humor would, therefore, be entirely appeased if scientists worked for another few hundred years to unlock life's mysteries -- only to discover, at the very, very end, a ten-legged being wearing a t-shirt that said "God," laughing his/her/its head off at the sheer insignificance of man.