Well, one of my favorite childhood television characters has officially let me down. Bill Nye, who over the years I and many more have affectionately referred to as “The Science Guy”, has a video out there titled, “Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children.” I watched the video, and I would suggest you do the same, because I want you to be able to see what I saw.
First off, I struggled with listening to the entire thing, because Bill’s premise that he, himself, laid out was flawed. He makes the comment that “when you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in [evolution], it holds everyone back.” However, just before he says this he states that denial of evolution is primarily a U.S. thing, but somehow due to our “intellectual capitol” we are the leaders in scientific advancement. So, because the majority of Americans don’t believe in Darwinism we are holding everyone back, even though we lead the world in scientific breakthroughs. That my friends is how you can officially ask to have your cake and eat it too.
Although to be fair, we can’t completely be blindsided by this because Bill Nye was the 2010 Humanist of the Year. He also gives a lot of credit to his “old professor”, Carl Sagan. You remember Sagan, don’t you? He’s the guy that claimed the Cosmos was the scientific equivalent to professional wrestler Brett “The Hitman” Hart; all there is, all there was, and all there ever will be. But then again, Carl Sagan also concluded his novel “Contact” (which later became a movie) with the Sagan-esque character uncovering that “super-intelligence” has designed the universe.
Now, I would agree with Bill Nye that any worldview that denies dinosaur bones, radioactivity, distant stars or even deep time is “crazy”. You see, I’m a creationist, but I think it’s pretty clear that all of those things do, in fact, exist. Nye, also makes a claim that in another couple of centuries creationism won’t exist. I wonder if he realizes that Darwinism is only about 2 centuries old, whereas creationism has a few hundred centuries under it’s belt. And probably the most astonishing thing to me was that “The Science Guy” says that when it comes to creationism, “there’s no evidence for it.” Really? The problem that we face with statements like this are exactly what Dr. Georgia Purdom, points out in this video response. Bill Nye, as well as most people, confuse observational science with historical science. When in comes down to the beginning of it all, it is nothing that we can observe. But it is something that can have significant historical science to verify it.
My biggest warning to all Christians and creationists out there, is to be on guard. Make sure that you believe that what you believe is really real. Resources like The Truth Project are extremely important in helping one shape their Biblical worldview.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” ~ 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)