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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

soundoff (14,640 Responses)
  1. Reality

    As we evolve, there is an end to it all:

    What we do know: (from the fields of astrophysics, nuclear physics, geology and the history of religion)

    1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

    2. Asteroids continue to circle us in the nearby asteroid belt.

    3. One wayward rock and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

    4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

    5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

    6. All stars will eventually extinguish as there is a limit to the amount of hydrogen in the universe. When this happens (100 trillion years?), the universe will go dark. If it does not collapse and recycle, the universe will end.

    7. Super, dormant volcanoes off the coast of Africa and under Yellowstone Park could explode catalytically at any time ending life on Earth.

    Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 100 trillion years?

    August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • justme

      i think i saw this before. do you have anything recent?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Reality

      For your $99 and a DNA swab:

      "Included in the markers we will test for is a subset that scientists have recently determined to be from our hominin cousins, Neanderthals and the newly discovered Denisovans, who split from our lineage around 500,000 years ago. As modern humans were first migrating out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals and Denisovans were still alive and well in Eurasia. It seems that our ancestors met, leaving a small genetic trace of these ancient relatives in our DNA. With Geno 2.0, you will learn if you have any Neanderthal or Denisovan DNA in your genome

      August 28, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  2. chris

    "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.

    I'm a scientifically literate voter and taxpayer. I'm an engineer who builds stuff and solves problems. I'm constantly observing the world around me... Oh yeah, I choose to believe in God too

    August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • independentlyowned

      You can believe in God AND evolution. He's not criticizing those people.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So? Where did Nye say that it wrong to do so? Or wrong for you to teach your children that?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Since you're not a scientist it is OK for you to be dumb. This just shows that there are some engeneers out there who need to go back to school and actually learn something.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Mystical Pizza

      Which God??????? There are many.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • mattmchugh

      And you believe God created humans in their current form - along with the rest of the planet - within the last 10,000 years? Recent Gallup polls suggest as many as 47% of Americans believe just that.

      That's the scientific illiteracy Mr. Nye is railing against - and rightly so.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Bill's Brother

      First of all, you apparently still believe in the voting system...that's worrisome. Second, you yourself deny what's been observed, and then tell everyone else they need to abide by what's being observed. The very foundation of your evolutionary belief system has been shown to be faulty by recent discoveries in the unreliability of radiometric dating.

      Exactly what is it you're really saying? Sounds like you live off of secular sound bites. Do you really live by what you're preaching, or is this just your "religion?"

      http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/august/sun-082310.html

      August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Thomas

      Yes but you're not being very clear either. Are you saying because you believe in God you don't believe in Evolution? Or that Bill is saying to believe in God means you can't be a literate tax payer and voter? You highlight that quote but say very little in your response to it. Solve my problem by being more specific on what you're stating please.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Feline_fan

      You do realize that you can believe in God and believe in evolution? They are not incompatible.
      The only thing that is incompatible is a literal biblical interpretation and evolution.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • steve

      Engineers are not scientists. Not even close.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Whatever

      Exactly true Chris. As an educated Engineer you obviously know whats right. Children should be educated about Jesus Ponies (Not Dinosaurs as the 'scientists' would have us call them) and that god created sub-serviant woman out of Adam's rib. After all, all the biblical stories are so believeable! I mena, I can't fathom how someone could not believe it. I am glad to see someone as educated as you would believe the world is about 6000 years old...and those cookie carbon dating machienes are wrong...considering you work with sophistocated machienes everyday- right? I am also glad you are responsible for the safety of our bridges and buildings- and 'god will help you' should those crazy mathmatics fail and one of them should fall down. Prays baby Jesus. Its such a great feeling that so many educated people, like yourself actually believe that all the metals, oil and materials- and the science behind them were just put there by god- and that nature and evolution had nothing to do with it. So true! I mean, obviously the bible...written by man thousands of years ago, and revised, by man hundreds of times to keep fear and influence over common folk thru the ages could be so believeable. So, I say- cheers to you educated one! And Lets all ride our Jesus Ponies until Armageddon day!

      August 28, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • John

      At least you say you "choose" to believe in a deity realizing there is zero evidence. I bet you're a Christian too eh? Did you choose that particular cult or were you raised in it?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  3. OldSchool

    @Francine Carranza – the problem is that the Biblical account of creation and the modernly accepted THEORY (it is not a hypothesis, it has been observed in nature – see: viruses, transitional fossils) of evolution are in direct opposition to each other. No amount of logical gymnastics, and the religious do take them to Olympic levels to try and defend the indefensible, can fully explain away all of the glaring inconsistencies in creationism. Creationism is not scientific, it begins with a conclusion and works backwards to try and plug all of the holes and construct something that has the appearance of being scientifically sound, which it is very far from. The currently accepted modern theory of evolution is a conclusion that has been arrived at via hundreds of years of investigation and experimentation, it adheres to the scientific method, and has withstood much scrutiny. To hold up these 2 opposing concepts as somehow being equal is laughable, no amount of attempting to twist accepted physics principles such as the relativity of time can change this.

    You have yet to respond to the paradox that I have proposed, which is who/what created the creator that you seem so desperate to require for existence. If a creator is required for existence, then a creator must be required to create that creator, and if that is not the case then a creator becomes entirely irrelevant and unnecessary for existence. You seem to be a somewhat reasonable person, and I presume the cognitive dissonance that is required to defend what cannot be defended logically prohibits you from even contemplating such a proposition seriously.

    "Worst case scenario, If in the end it turns out to be completely undeniable and undisputed that we were created from a single spark or cell... God would still get the credit! Unconditional love, respect and faith in our God!" – It is this type of glaring lack of reason that I cannot accept or even comprehend, it is indicative of an intentional delusion. Essentially what you are saying, is that even if WITHOUT ANY DOUBT your idea of creation is thoroughly dis-proven, you will STILL irrationally cling to it...

    August 28, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • lefty

      Very nice

      August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Thomas E.

      Thanks – very good remark.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Sloan

      In other words, no, the modern militant atheist zealots are NOT willing to accept the fact that some people believe in God and science. sorry but you have to pick, at least according to them.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Jerry

      Your error is in your assumption that God, The Creator, is made of matter and not spirit as explained in the Bible. Your other error is assuming there was some sort of something that existed prior to the formation of matter that somehow came together to form matter. Where did that come from?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  4. Godoflunaticscreation

    If you people thin k scientific theories are wrong than please become Amish and throw away your computer because every time you use it you are agreeing with and promoting Scientific theories. Stop being a bunch of ignorant hypocrites and just stick with ignorance. It's slightly better.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  5. jk

    This is one of the reasons China will dominate us in the future

    August 28, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • The Jackdaw

      They dominate us now.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Feline_fan

      Too late!

      August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  6. Sam

    The Proof God created the earth will come when all of us die and find out we did not cease to exist. I think atheists will find it uncomfortable standing before God at judgment day after having spent their life calling him and his prophets fairy tales. I am sure eternity in hell will give the atheists time to regret their following Satan. Satan is the author of atheism, and teaches men God does not exist and there is no Devil. How Satan must laugh at the atheist scientific community for believing his lies. All of you unbelievers will have a long hot eternity to realize you were on the wrong side.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Seyedibar

      total pipe dream. You're living in a fantasy.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Mystical Pizza

      Sam

      Did a God write this or did men say this? Did you hear God's voice tell you this?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Pascals Wager!!
      We do not believe in your imaginary friend god and therefore we do not believe in your imaginary friends arch enemy!!

      August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Roxie

      Being an atheist does not mean you follow Satan. And being a person of faith doesn't mean you must believe everything in the Bible as absolute.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • independentlyowned

      Atheists and Satanists are 2 completely different beliefs. To believe in Satan means you must also believe in God, and to not believe in God means you also don't believe in Satan. Most atheists are good people, we just don't do our good deeds because we're afraid of eternal damnation. We do good deeds because we want to and are actually good people.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Sam

      "Pascal's Wager" aside, I will just believe then, if that's the case.

      Peace...

      August 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Peter

      And how do you know all of that, Sam? Could it be because "The Bible tells me so"? That's the same book that begins with the story about the talking snake, isn't it?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • durundal

      Id wager I could live a better life and be a 'better person' without being shackled by your archaic notions. Say for argument that 'he' does exist. If in his infinite wisdom he cant get over being petty because I choose not to believe, then it doesnt speak much for him and his 'infinite love' now does it? Your book reads like a door to door sales manual.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Dustin

      ...and when you die, I'll be laughing that you spent your whole life believing in a farce.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Deadlift

      So, athiests are followers of Satan now? Look buddy, you may believe in fairy tales... but please don't lump me into the same category.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Deadlift

      So, athiests are followers of Satan now? Look buddy, you may follow imaginary people, but please don't lump me into the same category.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  7. Jim Bob

    You can be religious and work in science, just as long as you ignore science while in church and forget religion at work.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      The most said here in the smallest space.
      Well done.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Ran

      If you are Catholic you never have to put aside your religion in order to work in science. Science has big roots in Catholicism and many of the great scientists have been from within the Catholic Church. Like the Big Bang theory? Then thank the Catholic priest who developed the theory.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • John

      Like your RCC persecuting Galileo with death for daring to go against church teachings that the Earth is the center of the universe?

      August 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  8. 'Nother-Son-'O-UrsusRexx

    It is a mockery of the multi-verse to imagine that Earth, (aka, the befouled, way-over-crowded, war-profiteering & starvation-choked, singular-human-terrarium), is a mere 6-10,000 years old!

    What possible motivation would cause several million scientists, over the past 3-4-centuries, from thousands of independent disciplines, to postulate such an easily verified set of scientific concepts...
    If it were so easily disproven?

    To pretend that humans & Dinosauria frolicked together, like some 'Flintstones' cartoon come to life…is 'baby-talk'!
    To pretend that Ch. Darwin's famous scientific theory is anything but a small, insightful, steppingstone to understanding the reality that humans, (wither they believe in it or not), exist in.

    It's a further mockery to imagine that humans need to / should reproduce…
    As if…
    The (impending) thermonuclear war that prolifer's drool over, in greedy anticipation of the next corporate-profiteering-adventure, (in Iran), has already occurred / mushroomed from a mere corporate profiteering crime to the Unthinkable!!

    …And we need, (as a species), to 'repopulate'.

    No Stone Age family could possible manage the ‘life-support’ needs, (for weeks-to-months) of ‘ALL-THE-ANIMALS-, TWO-BY-TWO’, (as biblically-postulated), on a wooden ship less than ¾’s the size of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, (centerpiece, N.Y.C.’s Intrepid museum)!

    Think about it: The earth, at 25,000 miles ‘round the equator, is just barely big enough to contain all life…and perhaps…
    It ISN’T big enough to contain the (self-over-populated) species ‘H.Sapiens.Sapient’, (‘Human-Kind’)...also known as 'H.Sapiens.Egotisticae’, (aka, ‘Egotistical Man’)!!

    To train one’s children in the infantilism of creationism / I.D., (so called 'intelligent design', which...if true...DOESN’T say much about the alleged ‘intelligence’ of the alleged ‘Designer’!), is to sentence them to the 'dark ages’, career – wise…In an
    increasingly technological world...
    Which has 'NO empathy for’, NOR, ‘plans to place’, people who don’t understand the earth is 4.something-billion years old!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  9. Larry

    Evolution is the truth, deny that all you like but you are wrong. No god created everything in a few days. Grow up and stop with the fairy tales and pixie dust. I know, it is so comforting to believe that some higher power is guiding it all. Makes you feel so much more safe and secure in it all. Much like pulling up the covers at night. When you become an adult you don't need to drag a blanket with you anymore.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • 633music

      God or no God, evolution is just a replacement religion, silly, mystic, credulity at its best or worst depending on your position.
      Pandering for points.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • 633music

      The entire premiss is wrong, to opposing doctrines, a God start, and evolution should not be examined at the same time. One has nothing to do with the other.
      Is evolution viable? NO, silly and childish, credulity at its best or worst.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • 633music

      My writing is not evolving, should have said two opposing doctrines...

      August 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • 633music

      Show me an evolutionist and I will show you a virgin.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  10. literate

    The Bible clearly explains the stages of evolution in Genesis, as described by modern scientists. First light, then atmosphere/water, then plants, then fish, etc etc...day is not 24 hours, but rather periods of time. Go ahead and read it for yourself. The only thing evolutionists don't believe is in a Creator and that Humans were created independently of other living creatures.... Keep in mind the translation of the Bible from Aramaic/Syriac to Greek....
    Evolution and creationism should go hand in hand because for the life of me (and based on scientific thought), I cannot see how something can come from nothing....energy never dies, it is only transfered to something else.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • AverageJoe76

      It didn't come from nothing. this could be part of a cycle too big to grasp.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'literate' contains the Argument from Ignorance fallacy plus instances of Willed Ignorance.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • nope

      @fallacy...
      nope

      August 28, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • brian

      That's fine to believe that. The problem is when people literally believe that the 6 days were straight up days.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • fred

      Post by nope is false.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • kso

      Hey "literate" you're not so literate if light was first based on the bible:
      From the KJV and the NIV

      In the beginning God created the
      1st. heavens and the
      2nd. earth.

      Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the
      3rd. waters.

      And God said,
      4th. “Let there be light,” and there was light.

      so, there's that.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Simran

      Now, in the days when the Bible was written, didn't they have a concept of night and day? Or the earth revolved at a different pace? So how is the concept of day in Bible any different? When God has been so clear about his message, why did he mess this up? And why did he choose only 1/3rd of the world for his divine revelation? Why didn't he include the Hindus and the Chinese and the Muslims?
      And of course, which genesis account? First or second?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @literate,

      Lots of people can synthesize their belief in God with evolution. Genesis is best looked at as an allegory.

      The ordering of the events in Genesis 1 is all mixed up.

      Plants come in the third 'day', *before* the sun moon and stars on the fourth 'day'.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @simran,

      you mean how Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 appear to be two completely different cosmologies?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • literate

      Go on KSO, finish reading....that's what I thought.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • 633music

      Sorry, but no, the Bible is no way speaks of evolution.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  11. nitrous

    THERE IS NO GOD! JESUS H CHRIST ON THE CROSS! GET THE F OVER IT!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  12. Mopery

    Bill Nye is a better person than Jesus, Mohammed, or any other two-bit prophet could ever aspire to be.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  13. Jim Bob

    Thank you Mr Nye for being bait to lure all the evolutionists into one place. Now we can round them up, in his holy name.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Karen

      Typical Christian sentiments, JB.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  14. aCharlotteDad

    Why does the mainstream media cater to these religious nuts? Do they need to give equal time to people who think the earth is flat and those that think it's round? God this is depressing. The right thinks CNN is liberal. They aren't liberal, they are gutless. The article says "Bill Nye slams creationism". It should be an article about how 47% of the people in this country believe something that is factually incorrect. Science isn't opinion, that isn't how this works. There is NO serious debate within the scientific community about whether or not evolution is real, just differing opinions on how it works. You can believe whatever you like about your higher purpose and what happens when you die, but science isn't about your opinion.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  15. Guest

    I am still waiting on the evidence that the shows true cross species evolution and things gooing from less comples to more. I still do not see these this back up. I do see a very delicate complex world that would be improbable to not be created.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Rodney McNeely

      Then you haven't been paying attention. Look up E. Coli research at the University of East Lansing in Michigan. That's just one of the instances where we've observed evolution in the lab, right before our eyes.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • brian

      Rodney,

      Can you give a more specific link to this research? I'm curious to see it.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • lefty

      You don’t have to wait any longer. The evidence is already there you just choose not to see it. You have an agenda and it’s called the bible. In order to see evidence you can’t have an agenda.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Shaggy

      Well this is the main problem with creationism, it inspires an "I can't understand it, therefore it must not exist" mentality. People who spend their whole lives studying biology clearly understand this process, and have explained it in steps in numerous articles and books over the past 170+ years. Every step and the evidence behind it has been made publicly available to all the other experts and publicly debated. Some steps have been discarded, some affirmed, and sometimes after decades people have come back to agree on the veracity of previously discarded positions. Science has a very rigorous for proving out theorems, one that adapts to new evidence, but always relies on logic and consensus. Because you do not have the education or determination to understand the result of the process does not make it untrue. It makes you uneducated or lazy.

      The fear is that creationism's existence teaches people to be willfully uneducated or mentally lazy when it comes to science, because that is the basis of it's argument. And we cannot afford to be lazy or uneducated in any academic manner as a nation. Not believing in evolution is the scientific equivalent of not knowing any vowels. You're functionally illiterate in scientific understanding. To have people proudly proclaim this fact is embarrassing as a fellow citizen.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  16. Jay

    Mr. Nye obviously does not understand much about religion. It is absolutely possible to have strong faith in a Creator and be an accomplished scientist. And examples of this abound. No, what Mr. Nye is primarily concerned with here is not our nation's scientific might, but his own personal views.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • NYOMD

      Absolutely not true. Science can never be reconciled with the myth of Creationism.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • brian

      I don't think he's denying that a a creationist can be an esteemed scientist. His argument instead is that creationism, as a whole, hinders the US in scientific development on a nationwide level, not on a personal level. Giving examples of creationists who are nobel prize winners in "hard" science fields does not wholly detract from his statement.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • brian

      NYOMD – I think that only applies to select fields of science. Belief in creationism doesnt preclude one from being a great doctor, engineer, chemist, computer scientist, etc. It might stop one from being an evolutionary biologist or a particle physicist, but my point is that there are areas of science that *can* be reconciled with creationism. As long as the creationist stays in those fields, no problem bro.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  17. vidas

    To Mike: so, if the Universe emerged from the Big Bang, then what matter did explode during the Big Bang?

    August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Dr. D.

      Vidas asks, "So, if the Universe emerged from the Big Bang, then what matter did explode during the Big Bang?" Matter did not explode during the Big Bang. Also, the Universe did not "emerge" from the Big Bang. In fact, the Big Bang is still happening.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • heh

      You don’t read much Steven Hawkins do you?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • vidas

      But there was a beginning. The age of the Universe is finite. So my question still stands: what caused the Big Bang if there was nothing before (no space, no time, no matter...)

      August 28, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Dr. D.

      Vidas asks, "What caused the Big Bang if there was nothing before (no space, no time, no matter...)?" If there was no time before the Big Bang, then causality is meaningless. For something/someone to cause something else, that something would have had to exist before it in time, if we go by the classical definition of the word "cause". There was nothing before the first event, i.e., the initial Big Bang event, so by definition, nothing caused it. Of course, this assumes space, time and causality are the four-dimensional concepts we think they are. If our universe sits within an even larger existence of hyper-dimensions, all that goes out of the window. Interesting concept: God could have created our universe from a higher dimension.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  18. Johm

    lol Bill, theories fit the facts because old ones were discarded due to new evidence and data. You haven't discarded yours yet due to lack of evidence?

    August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  19. Thomas E.

    Thank you, Bill. Please continue to advocate the superiority of reason over belief. Denial of evolution is only a part of the core problems in the US. Denial of man-made global warming is another one. You are wrong, however, stating that denial of evolution is unique to the US, but in its massive extent it is.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  20. Billy Bob

    George Bush talks to Jesus and Jesus told him to run for President. That's why I voted for him. It made the choice easy because I don't understand politics or economics or foreign affairs.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • durundal

      you have to be a troll, I mean otherwise what just dribbled out of your mouth would have to be....serious

      August 28, 2012 at 11:41 am |
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