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Bill Nye slams creationism
August 27th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

Bill Nye slams creationism

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)–Famed TV scientist Bill Nye is slamming creationism in a new online video for Big Think titled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children."

"Denial of evolution is unique to the United States," Nye begins in a YouTube video posted on Thursday.  The video quickly picked up steam over the weekend and as of Monday morning had been viewed more than 1,100,000 times.

Nye a mechanical engineer and television personality best known for his program, "Bill Nye the Science Guy" said the United States has great capital in scientific knowledge and "when you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in it, it holds everyone back."

"Your world becomes fantastically complicated if you don't believe in evolution," Nye said in the Web video.

Creationists are a vast and varied group in the United States.  Most creationists believe in the account of the origins of the world as told in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

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In the creation account, God creates Adam and Eve, the world, and everything in it in six days.

For Christians who read the Genesis account literally, or authoritatively as they would say, the six days in the account are literal 24-hour periods and leave no room for evolution.  Young Earth creationists use this construct and biblical genealogies to determine the age of the Earth, and typically come up with 6,000 to 10,000 years.

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The Gallup Poll has been tracking Americans' views on creation and evolution for the past 30 years.  In June it released its latest findings, which showed 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God, and 15% believed in atheistic evolution.

During the 30 years Gallup has conducted the survey, creationism has remained far and away the most popular answer, with 40% to 47% of Americans surveyed saying they believed that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years.

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"The idea of deep time of billions of years explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your worldview becomes crazy, untenable, itself inconsistent," Nye said in the video.

"I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that's completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that's fine.  But don't make your kids do it.  Because we need them.  We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.  We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems," he said.

Creationists' beliefs about the origins of the Earth are often a narrow focus, based in large part on religious beliefs, and while they reject evolution as "just one theory," they often embrace other fields of science and technology.

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In "The Genesis Flood," the 1961 book that in many ways help launch the Young Earth creationism movement in the United States, the authors write: “Our conclusions must unavoidably be colored by our Biblical presuppositions, and this we plainly acknowledge."  Their goal for the book was to harmonize the scientific evidence with the accounts in Genesis of creation and the flood.

The idea of creationism has been scorned by the mainstream scientific community since shortly after Darwin introduced "The Origin of Species" in 1859.  By 1880, The American Naturalists, a science journal, reported nearly every major university in America was teaching evolution.

"In another couple centuries I'm sure that worldview won't even exist.  There's no evidence for it. So..." Nye ends his video.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Dane

    Bill Nye, another Illuminati puppet trying to indoctrinate the masses with his anti-Bible, anti-God rhetoric. The Bible is God's word, thus the Bible is truth! And no matter how much "evidence" these masonic/illuminati/luciferian puppets come up with to back up their theories, the truth remains. We were created by God, not evolution, and not by so-called aliens (another lie they're starting to push on us). Btw Nye, mighty strange (slit) pupils you have in some of your videos..

    February 5, 2014 at 6:28 am |
  2. CaptainDorkOfTheWeeniePatrol

    Central to this debate is not its ability to settle, once and for all, the non-issue of Christian-centric creationism vs the work-in-progress theory of evolution.

    Faith-based arguments are vacuous and immutable while scientific proposals self-adjust as new information surfaces.

    No,the reality of the debate is that the two debaters and the moderators will make money.

    So it is written, so let it be done.

    February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
  3. Betty

    Romans 1: 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
    19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
    20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
    21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
    22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
    23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

    February 4, 2014 at 12:33 am |
  4. Phil

    I wonder if Bill Nye has ever heard the saying: "Debating with ediots can make a person feel damned arrogant." This is why he thinks he will win the debate, because he is debating someone who does not know the remotest thing about the Bible. What people believe about the Bible is not what the Bible says, but what the preachers say the Bible says. Lets understand one thing here: all true religion and all true science must agree, and they do. When the Bible says "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1., it does not tell us when the heaven and the earth was created. So how do we know when God created the heaven and the earth? Well, to find the answer we turn to science, that tells us that the universe came into the existence billions of years ago. So now we know when God created the heaven and the earth. Hey, science is not the enemy!

    Now the Bible goes on to say that: "The earth was without form, and void;" Genesis 1:2 This does not mean the earth did not exist, it means that there where no valleys, hills, rivers, etc., because the earth was covered with ice, and void means the earth contained no life. "...and darkness was upon the face of the deep." Genesis 1:2, the Bible is not talking about deep space, it is talking about deep water, and it tells us this in the next sentence: "And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:2. The "face of the deep", and the "face of the waters" is the same thing. And so what happens to water when there is no heat? Yes that is right, water freezes, and that is what the Bible is talking about: frozen water. Now what does science say? Science says that there was an ice age about ten thousand years ago and started melting at about that time. See how true religion and true science compliment each other. No problem.

    The Bible is primarily dealing with a six day creation ON the planet Earth, the planet was already there. Now this may come as a shock to many, but the Bible does not say one thing against the idea of evolution, infact it supports it. That's right, the Bible supports evolution: After the flood God said to Noah: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." Genesis 9:1. Now why did God say this to Noah? Well the reason that God said this is because everyone else had died in the flood. Now it so happens that God said exactly the same words to Adam and Eve: "...Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." Genesis 1:28. So we expect that God knows how to use the language, and did not use the word plenish, but replenish. So what was Adam and Eve replacing? To find the answer we turn to science. Science tells us that "ape men", and "cave men" existed at one time, and these are those whom Adam and Eve replaced. No problem. But here is a problem: The kind of evolution that science says happen, and the kind of evolution the Bible refers to are not the same. Evolution did not occur on its on, God controlled evolution.

    Jesus said that many would come in his name deceiving many, and it is so. It is one of Satan's goals to make God's word look rediculous, he accomplishes his purpose through false teachers of the Bible, and false scientist. And I am afraid it will remain so till the end of the word. Bill Nye and the preacher will not prove a thing.

    January 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
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