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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.

Survey: Nearly half of Americans subscribe to creationist view of human origins

"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

Filed under: Creationism • Science

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  1. cm121

    "I don't need no one to tell me about heaven
    I look at my daughter, and I believe.
    I don't need no proof when it comes to God and truth
    I can see the sunset and I perceive"
    [Heaven – Live – 2003]

    Does Bill Nye have children?

    August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Huebert

      Bill Isn't talking about feelings he is talking about testable facts. Your feelings are quite irrelevant to this matter.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • cm121

      Huebert,

      "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." [Romans 1:20; NLT]

      August 28, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Chris

      Hey I can quote the band live also:
      " Heard a lot of talk about this Jesus / A man of love, a man of strength / But what a man was two thousand years ago / Means nothing at all to me today"

      August 28, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Jonathan

      You're using a song by Live to make your point?? Wow. I'll try quoting Creed or the Black Eyed Peas the next time I need to prove a point.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Jonathan

      Also, the MAIN point is that nobody is saying there is no God – just that the world has been PROVEN WITH SCIENTIFIC METHOD to be incredibly old. I just don't understand how you Creationists can ignore radiometric dating techniques and many other proven scientific theories. I believe in God, just not a freaking verbatim version of the bible.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  2. Tacitus Talks

    Bill you have made an assertion – now lets test your hypothesis. A list of Scientists who are creationists. You hypothesis is obviously flawed. My hypothesis is that your religion (and livelihood) is coming more and more under fire. So like the good "Taliban" you are, you persecute those you disagree with. I am a creationist, and I make a very good living as a computer scientist, mathematician, and engineer. Go back to your ridiculous TV show and entertain children like Howdy Doody.

    Gerald E. Aardsma (physicist and radiocarbon dating)

    Louis Agassiz (helped develop the study of glacial geology and of ichthyology)

    Alexander Arndt (analytical chemist, etc.)

    Steven A. Austin (geologist and coal formation expert)

    Charles Babbage (helped develop science of computers / developed actuarial tables and the calculating machine)

    Francis Bacon (developed the Scientific Method)

    Thomas G. Barnes (physicist)

    Robert Boyle (helped develop sciences of chemistry and gas dynamics)

    Wernher von Braun (pioneer of rocketry and space exploration)

    David Brewster (helped develop science of optical mineralogy)

    Arthur V. Chadwick (geologist)

    Melvin Alonzo Cook (physical chemist, Nobel Prize nominee)

    Georges Cuvier (helped develop sciences of comparative anatomy and vertebrate paleontology)

    Humphry Davy (helped develop science of thermokinetics)

    Donald B. DeYoung (physicist, specializing in solid-state, nuclear science and astronomy)

    Henri Fabre (helped develop science of insect entomology)

    Michael Faraday (helped develop science of electromagnetics / developed the Field Theory / invented the electric generator)

    Danny R. Faulkner (astronomer)

    Ambrose Fleming (helped develop science of electronics / invented thermionic valve)

    Robert V. Gentry (physicist and chemist)

    Duane T. Gish (biochemist) [more info]

    John Grebe (chemist)

    Joseph Henry (invented the electric motor and the galvanometer / discovered self-induction)

    William Herschel (helped develop science of galactic astronomy / discovered double stars / developed the Global Star Catalog)

    George F. Howe (botanist)

    D. Russell Humphreys (award-winning physicist)

    James P. Joule (developed reversible thermodynamics)

    Johann Kepler (helped develop science of physical astronomy / developed the Ephemeris Tables)

    John W. Klotz (geneticist and biologist)

    Leonid Korochkin (geneticist)

    Lane P. Lester (geneticist and biologist)

    Carolus Linnaeus (helped develop sciences of taxonomy and systematic biology / developed the Classification System)

    Joseph Lister (helped develop science of antiseptic surgery)

    Frank L. Marsh (biologist)

    Matthew Maury (helped develop science of oceanography/hydrography)

    James Clerk Maxwell (helped develop the science of electrodynamics)

    Gregor Mendel (founded the modern science of genetics)

    Samuel F. B. Morse (invented the telegraph)

    Isaac Newton (helped develop science of dynamics and the discipline of calculus / father of the Law of Gravity / invented the reflecting telescope)

    Gary E. Parker (biologist and paleontologist)

    Blaise Pascal (helped develop science of hydrostatics / invented the barometer)

    Louis Pasteur (helped develop science of bacteriology / discovered the Law of Biogenesis / invented fermentation control / developed vaccinations and immunizations)

    William Ramsay (helped develop the science of isotopic chemistry / discovered inert gases)

    John Ray (helped develop science of biology and natural science)

    Lord Rayleigh (helped develop science of dimensional analysis)

    Bernhard Riemann (helped develop non-Euclidean geometry)

    James Simpson (helped develop the field of gynecology / developed the use of chloroform)

    Nicholas Steno (helped develop the science of stratigraphy)

    George Stokes (helped develop science of fluid mechanics)

    Charles B. Thaxton (chemist)

    William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) (helped develop sciences of thermodynamics and energetics / invented the Absolute Temperature Scale / developed the Trans-Atlantic Cable)

    Larry Vardiman (astrophysicist and geophysicist)

    Leonardo da Vinci (helped develop science of hydraulics)

    Rudolf Virchow (helped develop science of pathology)

    A.J. (Monty) White (chemist)

    A.E. Wilder-Smith (chemist and pharmacology expert)

    John Woodward (helped develop the science of paleontology)

    August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • ShawnDH

      ...and where is your or their magical scientific evidence supporting Creationism?

      August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • KennyTheChemistbob

      Don't let anyone look too closely at your list, Tacitus, or you'll be in deep doodoo.

      Look up the problems with Pascal's Wager before you boast about ole Blaise's beliefs, you dummy.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • uniblob

      But why is your creation mythology the one you believe is correct? Why not Islam, or Buddhism, or Shinto? Aren't those creation myths equally valid? If not, why not?

      August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • ShawnDH

      It's pretty clear from these comments that people who think ancient Middle Eastern fairy tales are real aren't the brightest people.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Johnny Bueno

      Very nice list you have compiled, too bad every one of these people is wrong.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • lar9166

      You probably got this list from wikipedia.
      Good for you!

      August 28, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Tacitus smokes crack

      BTW, you are silly. There are scientists that are creationists, however there are even more PROMINENT scientists who are atheists who most likely subscribe to the theory of evolution. See cited article for further enlightenment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_atheism#Distribution) and you will notice that 93% of all scientists in the National Academy of Sciences are Atheist – leaving some 7% to believe in mumbo jumbo. Note: Being a computer scientist, or an engineer does not make you well versed in the natural sciences (domain of which EVOLUTION falls under), so it is acceptable that someone of your liking does not subscribe to evolution. But, it is likely that as you get well versed in the natural sciences, it becomes much easier to stray away from creationism.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • kenny

      any scientist that believes in creationism is an IGNORANT MORON and got his degree by cheating, lying or stealing and should be thrown in jail. the vastness of this universe is beyond anything we can comprehend let alone the writers of biblical tales could even fathom in their time. the people of old had less knowledge of the universe then a 10 year old does today, sadly a lot of you believes stop thinking after your ten and you create a bubble of ignorance around you and avoid anything that contradicts your fairy tales and rail like a madman when something does... its just pathetic ignorance to be a believer

      August 28, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Tacitus Talks

      That is rich – you "posters" on CNN calling Newton and ignorant moron. Do some good and clean up your rooms, you mother needs the help.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Chris

      Ok, Just a glance at this list would tell you that many of these scientists lived before the theory of evolution and before radioactive dating. Not to mention the fact that it was virtually impossible to work pre-Darwin if you proclaimed yourself an athiest.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • BGilby

      Why do religous people assume that just because one doesn't believe in God that person has no moral compass?

      August 28, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Which God?

      Some lies there Tacitus. Von Braun was not a creationist, nor were a few others there. But like Copernicus, they went with the 'current game' to keep their jobs and skin. Also, I 'm calling you a fukking liar. You are no scientist or any thing of the sort. You do, however have delusions of grandeur.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Great comeback. I guess you couldn't find anything in Wikipedia to refute what has been stated about your little "list", could you?

      August 28, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • ryan

      Don't blame Bill Nye because you believe retarded crap. He had to courage to tell the truth and you are too stupid to believe the truth.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • ShammaLammaDingDong

      So a magical all-powerful being living in some fantasy world in the clouds created the earth, placed a modern day man and woman on the earth from whom all humans are modeled in a fantastical garden 4.5 billion years ago, allows "good" people to live in a cloud kingdom where everyone who has ever died lives (like a Florida retirement community in the sky), and sends "bad" people to a fiery pit of despair for all eternity. Yeah, that makes much more sense than proven factual evidence of evolution and geology which explains how the earth and all of the other planets were created and how life as we know it in all its forms evolved. It's amazing to me how delusional some people are who refuse to consider fact in favor of myth. These people are so brainwashed into believing these fantastical stories that play directly into the human psyche, that they seem to ignore any evidence that would contradict what they know as "truth." Today, we acknowledge the fact that the ancient Greek "Gods" were myth, yet when it comes to modern monotheism, and the idea of one mythical God, it has to be true. There is no difference between the belief of the Mayan Sun God, Zeus, Shiva, Allah, and the Christian God. All are myths. Yet, everyone seems to think that their god is the "real" god. Who's right? Most likely, none of them.

      If you want to believe in your god, then more power to you, but don't make yourself look stupid by trying to refute scientific fact based on what someone told you or what you've read in an outdated book written to scare and control mankind though fantastical and highly embellished stories meant to inspire fear and obedience to ancient laws and beliefs.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  3. Doc Vestibule

    Not a single Creationist has answered the question I've been posing:
    Why should the Abrahamic creation myth be the only one taken seriously?

    There is a Chinese creation myth that says the ancestors of mankind were the fleas and lice on the body of the God Pan Gu.
    In the beginning, Pan Gu escaped from the great universal egg by cracking it open with a broadaxe. The light part of the yolk floated up and became the heavents while the cold, hard part stayed below to form earth with Pan Gu standing between them like a pillar to keep the separated. When He died, His breath became the wind and clouds, His voice thunder, His eyes the sun and the moon, his beard and hair turned to the stars in the sky, His blood the water. His veins became roads and his muscles fertile land.

    According to Ja.panese Shinto Mythology, at the beginning of time, the heavens and the earths were mixed together in a great cloud. Slowly, the clearer, lighter parts of the cloud rose up and became heaven. The heavier parts of the cloud descended and became an ocean of muddy water. Between the heavens and the earth, a pale green sprout began to grow. It grew swiftly and was extremely strong. When the plant’s flower burst open, the First God emerged. This First God then created Izanagi and his wife and sister Izanami. The First God gave Izanagi the task of finishing the creation of the world.

    The above examples are just as credible as the Genesis account.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Steve

      If schools present religious views as science, they should also teach the ancient Greek/Roman, Norse, and Pagan religions in schools.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • ryan

      I'm an aetheist, but the christian myth is easier to believe because it leaves lots of details out regarding how god did it, so christians are free to fill in the blanks, or better yet, ignore them!

      August 28, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  4. uniblob

    Why did God create dinosaurs before he created man?

    August 28, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      There is no god so therefore your question is moot.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Haven't you been to the Creation Museum?
      Man and Dinosaurs lived together 6,000 years ago.
      Fossils are Satan's way of deceiving you about the age of the Earth.

      I know – it makes my brain hurt too.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • uniblob

      Why would this Satan fella want to deceive me about the age of the earth? What's he bothering with me for?

      August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Billy Bob

      Jesus rode a T-Rex into battle as he led the Confederate Army to victory against the Viet Cong in WWII. Jeez, everybody knows that.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  5. Me

    Nye began his professional entertainment career as an actor on a local sketch comedy television show in Seattle, Almost Live!;

    Explains it all......He's an actor trying to get his views noticed.......This is seen when the career is over and in an attempt to stay in the limelight.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Yeah, just ignore those piles of awards from professional science and education organizations for his show. What do those scientists and educators know about science and education anyway, right?

      August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Which God?

      @me. You could only hope to be as smart as Nye. Your mind is stuck in your hole-ly babbling- book- of- bullshyte.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  6. Billy Bubba Joe Bob

    You fancy pants city folk with your science and thinkin and all that.. I ain't got no use fer yer big books with long words in em. I gots just the one book that I can understand (or misinterpret to suit what I want). You best stop with your blaspheming or Jesus is gonna bop you in the head.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Bob

      Too funny, brother Bob.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's "haid", Billy Bubba, not "head."

      August 28, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • fintastic

      Bwahhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaa!!!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Which God?

      Where is a clapping smiley when you want one? Nice one, Billy!

      August 28, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  7. Brian

    It has nothing to do with "religious people" being able to "understand" science. Bill Nye's point is that we have massive amounts of scientific data that flies in the face of the pure accounts of creationism... and kids who are told that God did some slick magic and man is only 10k years old, etc. etc... are going to left behind the rest of the pack... not because they can't understand it, because they don't BELIEVE it. "Here is a fossil that we've been able to carbon date to over a million years ago"... "Nope... can't be. God only created the Earth 10,000 years ago". THAT'S the problem.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Sarah

      Well said

      August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Aliquot

      I just think it amazing how many young earth types can continue to believe despite the continually mounting evidence that the earth is more than 6000 years old. They have to come up with excuses to fit their faith around the facts. One of the best I ever heard was a Creationist, when challenged that the Earth must be older since we can see light from stars millions of light years away, answered that God created the light already on its way so that we'd see it. That's just grasping at straws.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • briangut

      Brian, how do you explain the existance of C-14 in items that carbon dating methods show to be millions of years old? Have you read anything about the studies of the Mt. St. Helen's erruption and the rapid burial of elements and the findings? Are you aware that Macro Evolution requires the suspension/dismissal of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics? (by the way, heat/energy from the Sun increases the entropy of a system) If Macro evolution is true, why don't we see any transitionary animals now? Are you familiar with micro biology and irreducible complexity?

      August 28, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • ryan

      Wow briangut! Where is your Nobel prize!?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  8. ShawnDH

    Creationism is religion, not science, and should absolutely never be mentioned in public schools. If you want to fill your kids' heads with the fantasy fairy tale of creationism, fine I guess, but keep it at church where it belongs. You may NOT pollute my child's mind with that nonsense.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • AverageJoe76

      Comic books are based on better science than most religions.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Simran

      And even if I want my kids to read fairy tales, they will not contain hell or punishment or sin in them!

      August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  9. btldriver

    In the same way that Bill says kids should not be taught exclusively creationism, I don't think kids should be taught just evolutionism. I'm one of those who thinks science supports a God and the two can coexist. Science is constantly changing but in most religions God is still in charge of the universe and keeps things running smoothly on a macro scale, people may disagree on a micro scale but most agree on a macro scale.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • this guy

      I'm pretty sure that science and believing in a god are 2 contradicting ideals.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Creationism is NOT science and should not be taught in a science class. At all. Even as a belief. The only place it belongs is in a comparative religions class.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      You are one of those who thinks science supports god. What is your command of science? Are you a professional?

      I could insist that nuclear physics supports god, but that means nothing because I do not have any real understanding of nuclear physics. I don't get to say what is right in nuclear physics.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Cq

      Why not teach it in Sunday school? It's a religious belief, after all. Don't you assume that the Hindus, Native-Americans and everyone else who believes in a different creation story teaches those stories in their separate religious/cultural classes? Science is for science, and creationism was never developed by using scientific methods which is why it doesn't belong in a science class. Simple.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • ReasonableXX

      I disagree. The only reason people even think god is a possiblity is because their parents told them. And their parents told them and their parents told them and so on and on.

      If people were not force fed god from birth, there would be absolutely no other reason at all to hypothesize of his existence.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • hawkguy

      There is no "ism" at the end of evolution. Its not religion and is not in the same category as religion. Religion has no part in public school. Evolution is sound scientific fact that does not intertwine with religion and belief. Its like math, there are rules that are true and tested over and over. The problem is religion is trying to take the place of science. That is what Nye is trying to tell people.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  10. bjaurora

    Seriously Bill. Creationism complicates things? You mean an unproven shallow THEORY built on hypothesis and billions of years depending on geological strata and carbon dating to guess the age of fossils? Creationism complicates that? Random pictures drawn to bone fragments to prove Darwin's IDEAS about mutation and unproven changes over time based on an inconsistent fossil record? Evolution at best is smoke and mirrors. That's what's dangerous to children. Teaching an unproven theory to children in order to aggressively disprove any kind of Intelligent Designer!

    August 28, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • uhh..

      A theory is a mathematical model which describes a phenomenon, and if you would look at the data for yourself, it has been proven correct time and time again. In fact it has never encountered something it couldn't explain in the 200 years its been around. Also there is much more evidence than simply the fossil record, it easy to trace the lineage and ancestry of all beings by mapping their DNA. The fact that we have DNA in common with every single species of life on this planet is not a coincidence, it is because we came from a common source at some point or another. We can map it, and trace it back and compare it to the DNA we find in fossils.

      Evolution is true.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • this guy

      this made me laugh

      August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • bjaurora

      Again. Because your filter is evolutionary theories you see DNA proving evolution. How in the world could anyone see something as COMPLEX as DNA and see 'accident'. Do you do that with a car? A chair even? But, you look at the world, nature, the human body and you see ACCIDENT? An eyeball. The nervous system. The flight of the Hummingbird. Accident? That's an impossible conclusion to arrive at if you actually open your eyes to the miracles of life. DNA. Accidental? That's an amazing amount of skepticism. You truly are incredible.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • ReasonableXX

      It complicates things because you go thru the world ignorantly if you don't understand how it works. This is why americans are falling behind the rest of the world in education. You want to blame the government and its policies for high unemployement when the real problem is that americans are becoming stupid and they are too stubborn and religious to lift themselves up and learn. Most of us can no longer compete in the global job market. If you want that too chance start accepting facts that the rest of the world takes for granted.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • ReasonableXX

      bj- Evolution does not say anything is an accident. You do not understand it if that is what you think. No wonder it doesn't make sense to you.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • bjaurora

      If it didn't happen on purpose. Then it has to be an accident. And if every human being orients their compass around this accident. They should be consistent and kill each other. Because. There is no wrong and right. Evolution is a dangerous, harmful, racist theory that is the cause for worldviews that lead humans to a shallow existence. Please be consistent and live a radically immoral, barbaric life please. At least be consistent and defeat each other. Please be the fittest. Please live your faith.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  11. HAROLD CLARK

    BILL NYE, SORT-OF-SCIENCE GUY, KNOWS A LOT ABOUT SOME AREAS OF SCIENCE, BUT GEOLOGY AND EARTH SCIENCES IN GENERAL ARE NOT HIS BEST. HE MAKES ME ANTSY WITH ANSWERS THAT TRULY BORDER ON THE INACCURATE OR JUST PLAIN WRONG. I HAVE LEARNED A LOT FROM HIM, BUT AS A PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGIST, HE MAKES ME SQUIRM IN MY CHAIR WHEN HE ANSWERS ON TOPICS I REALLY KNOW.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Which God?

      You are a liar. You aren't a geologist or any type of scientist. Your statement shows your ignorance. You fukking liar.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  12. McDuff

    "Ahh excuse me Bill, but haven't our ancestors been able to build stuff and solve problems even if they believed in a God?"

    No, they have not. Creationism is something new and unique. Christians in previous generations could be scientists and doctors and engineers but Evangelicals cannot - their insistence on a 6,000-year-old earth forces them to deny All of biology, genetics, archaeology, geology, physics, astronomy, chemistry... the only graduate program open to them is Law, so hang on to your hat! There is no conflict between science and religion - the conflict is between the science of Today and the science of 1880, which Evangelicals confuse with their religion.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  13. Dutch

    If you believe in evolution that's fine. But it's just plain stupidity to act like anyone who doesn't believe it can't understand science. Science made huge advance long before evolution became an accepted view. Besides there is plenty of science outside of natural selection.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • ReasonableXX

      Evolution is not something to be believed in. It is just a fact of the universe.

      Would you ever say that you don't believe in gravity? Of course not. An if you did it wouldn't matter, gravity still exists all the same.

      We have a better understanding of evolution then we do gravity.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • putty

      Yeah, there's plenty of other science if you want to ignore the facts surrounding evolution, but you completely cut yourself off from DNA and cell research, which has been proceeding at a breakneck pace nowadays. Given the applications of this research to your daily life, it's silly to refuse to understand it. I mean, I use a computer without fully understanding how it works, because that's not my field, but the difference between you and I is that I do not refuse to learn how it works, I will not prevent my children from learning how it works, and I will freely admit that I have no clue how it works and will leave fixing/creating computers to computer specialists and engineers.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • uhh..

      Its impossible to understand biology without understanding evolution.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • hawkguy

      When you get smacked in the face with evidence you can't just deny that its true. Evolution can and has been tested over the last 150 years and the ONLY conclusion is that its right. Any other conclusion is just plain wrong, until proven otherwise.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  14. Brian

    "It has to be true! It says it right here in the magic book!!" I wish folks realized how insane that sounds to anyone (and there are a lot more of us than just Athiests) that think that book is a total fraud.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  15. tim

    no de nye ing it(sorry for the pun), he is the guy the bible warned us about. smart people wearing bo ties. my kids want a clown at their birthday party i think we just found him. ooops thats right he said dont force the kids. rats

    August 28, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  16. Dan

    Hey Bill, go Phuck yourself.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Brilliant response.

      Don't reproduce.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • ixoredheds

      Well said Tom Tom, you beat me to the punc.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • ixoredheds

      Well said Tom Tom, you beat me to the punch.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  17. chilipepper

    Why would he slam something that he really doesn't have proof of?

    August 28, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Mike

      Do you have any proof for the goddunnit theory? right, nuff said. You Americans are so retarded.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Me

      @Mike.... Americans are not the only ones that believe.....retard.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  18. JJB

    This guy is an idiot! Good thing he still has time to ask for forgiveness before Judgement Day.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Mike

      I think you're the idiot.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Boisepoet

      Your belief in mythology belies your ignorance.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      You have no evidence to support the claim that there will be a "judgement day".

      You are the idiot.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Chris

      Comments like this make it so easy to understand why America is falling so treacherously behind.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Honey Badger Does Care

      You have no evidence to support your contention that there isn't a judgement day.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  19. rightstuffxoxo

    And we wonder why we're no longer #1 in math and science. Teaching creationism? Nonsense. What if I don't believe in that? What If I believe in the cosmology presented in the Theogony Works and Days? I like that one much better than the dad of zombie jesus (who even though he is one god has three manifestations that lurk dangerously close to paganism) creating everything on a whim and then allowing people that believe in creationism to exist.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  20. Logic

    The definition of "day" has various meanings one of them according to Websters is "a period of time." The earthly 24 hour day is different say than a day on Mars due to different size of the planet etc.... The universe is not on the earth's 24 hour "day" so to speak. To God a day can be as, 2 Peter 3:8 says, a 1000 years. So the word "day" in Genesis is not referring to literal 24 hour earth days. As regards the earth, the Genesis accounts reveals that God created the heavens and earth in the beginning, this seems to be before the creative days actually began. So how old is the earth? The Bible doesn't say. So when scientists try to figure this out and come up with the earth and the universe being billions of years old, it's not contradicting the Bible. But God did not use evolution to create man. The account in Genesis was written as if someone was observing it from earth. Evolution was a man's idea and we can see what kind of mess man has gotten the world in to. With evolution, what hope for a better world? According to Bible we see answers Psalms 37:8-11 (one example).

    August 28, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • momo-chan

      no, the bible was man's idea.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Mike

      Apologetic. Excuses. The drivel you just barfed up supports how utterly retarded creationism really is. You couldn't recognize actual science from a hole in the ground, clearly.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Which God?

      @Logic Hole=ly shyte! you call that bit you spewed logic? Reread your post, dummy.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • uhh..

      Man evolved. We have the physical evidence that proves it. Sorry but that book, "The Bible", has been proven incorrect, time and time again. Stop making excuses for it.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • justme

      Wow, someone with real knowledge of the bible and reasonable also. i believe he or she learned what the bible really teaches from someone like i did.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am |
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