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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. ben

    OH man. Atheists must wait all day for a religous article to pop up on her, Just so they can "soundoff" to themselves. Just from what i've seen anyway..well have a good day and dont have to much fun!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • plucky

      Don't have too much fun???
      How Catholic of you 🙂

      August 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  2. wisdomVS

    If aliens arrive today and were looking for a food source... all they need to do is step out and say "God sent us." and the religious world will rush aboard their vessels and be on the aliens dietary menu for many years to come. Meanwhile, the intellectuals will be fighting to force the aliens off the planet while saying, "Take the religious fanatics and just leave! You can breed all you want of hem... it's easy, just keep them stupid!"

    August 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  3. Matt

    When I talk to evolutionists, I only ask one question, if we all originated from a universal common ancestor (humans and animals), where are the innumerable intermediary fossils of half-bird/half-fish or half-land mammal/half water-mammal organisms/creatures/animals (whatever you want to call them)? They have never been found and never will be found because we were created by God, every species, man, animal, plants, organismsl. Darwin himself knew this was the big hole in his theory. The irony of evolutionists and their passion with respect to science is that evolution is built on the premise of something that has been scientifically proven as not possible; it is impossible for living matter to derive, evolve, or come from non-living matter. Never in the history of the world has it ever been recorded of such an occurence, except when evolution "started". But, Christians are the ones that are ignorant, close-minded, and believe in fairy-tales in their eyes for belief in Creationism. The best part is that what was just presented doesn't matter to evolutionists. Their sentiment is "I don't care, don't confuse me with the facts". As for me, I'll continue to teach my children where we really came from.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • richunix

      UNICORNS!!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • John

      A lot of these fossils went into your car tank.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • richunix

      UNICORNS for the win!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • ben

      there are lots of examples of what you are talking about. look up the lungfish, or anything on the evolution of whales.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • God is not real

      A Null Hypothesis due to lack of evidence is TERRIBLE reasoning for creationism.

      Seriously, open your mind a bit and quit giving God all the credit for something you don't understand yet.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Mulehead

      Don't saddle your children with your ignorance. There are hundreds of intermediate or 'transitional' fossils in the record, and they find more every year.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transitional_fossil

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • pat

      Matt – the best way to understand the theory of evolution is to study it in college. The popular idea of evolution is full of misconceptions and that is part of the problems.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Matt

      Sounds about like the normal conjecture of evolutionists. If these fossils existed, they'd be in museums and there would be no debate. There is more evidence against evolution than for it.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Ben R

      Well, the reason you won't find half fish-half bird fossils is because they diverged evolutionarily long before either reached a form that you might recognize. As to the, "where are the intermediate forms" argument that has occasionally been put forth in a slightly less ignorant manner, there are a variety of reasons why every intermediate form isn't in the fossil record, the most significant being that of the trillions of organism that have ever lived on the planet, only the extreme minority get fossilized. However, there are thousands of examples of these intermediate forms in the fossil record anyway, including numerous examples just in the evolution of man from apes. Your argument is simplistic, false on the surface, and downright ludicrous when examined in any detail.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Greg

      Ever heard of the platypus flat earther?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Joel

      They ARE in museums. You IGNORE them. None so blind as they who will not see.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Matt

      @Ben R – and my response is simply, where is the actual proof for these "various reasons" they don't exist? The only thing I've ever heard from evolutionists and people such as yourself is the same conjecture and not one, including you, has offered any tangible proof to deny the argument.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Mulehead

      Matt – Practically every major museum HAS them....except the one at Liberty University who claim to have a dinosaur fossil that is 3000 years old.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Mulehead

      No use arguing with the willfully ignorant. Hopefully your children will do better.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Brian

      Matt, there are numerous examples of the 'half' breeds that you note. You just need to dig a little deeper. -oh, you can't. you believe...

      Listen, no logic will pursuade you. Or any of these creationist believers. Why do you bother fooling yourself with quasi logic? I accept that you believe in some magical being to explain those things you don't understand. That you recognize 'the hand of the designer' when you see it. You must be very clever. Me, I want to see the proof of this 'Merlin' like character, and no, not in a book written by tribesmen 2000 years ago. It is unfortunate that their ideas coincided with man's first ability to record their thoughts, and now we are stuck.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • John

      Matt, have you ever actually been in a natural museum? It seems pretty obvious you haven't.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Sally

    It is funny to me that the same people who say that they believe that the bible (and creationism) is God's word, and therefore true, are the same ones that deny the old testament when told that it also says that you can't wear clothes made of wool and linen together, or that Exodus says it is OK to sell a daughter into slavery, and so many other things, that those things don't matter. So which is it? How can you so strongly believe one part and totally disregard others?

    August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • pat

      My father used to say, "If you really believed in God you'ld be afraid to get up off your knees."

      August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Nurse143

      You have to read the whole bible not just parts of it; in the new testament it says Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Quillos

      Who's law? Seriously, exactly who's law?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • lerxst

      It does NOT say it is O.K. to sell your daughter into slavery in EXODUS. Please read from Chapter 19- Chapter 22 to get proper context. Kindly do not take GOD's word out of context for your point.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  5. NorthVanCan

    Are you guys serious? You all think there's a little red man with pointy ears living in the centre of the earth? Grow up people!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  6. Who Believes?

    Creationism is bad: Mr. Nye is confused by his belief in science. He was raised in a world that had a higher belief in creationism than exists today so to did all the other "Scientists" of modern times. So logically it voids their assumptions and proves unequivocally that creationism fosters great thinkers, Scientists. When man fully understands what creation means he will be with those that created.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  7. Illegal Memes

    Its a proven fact that planets exist orbiting our sun, which is a star.
    Its a proven fact that planets exist orbiting other stars, and more are being discovered as technology and time progresses.

    Gentle Readers, of all the planets in the universe, why would the Earth be the only place where life exists?

    August 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • 83Hawk

      And you are certain we are alone? Have a direct line to the big guy eh?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  8. JesusNotReligion

    Briefly Back by popular demand.... "COMMUNICATION" IN ANY FORM, SUCH AS CREATION, LANGUAGE, or MATHEMATICS, EVIDENCES AN INTELLIGENT BEING....I dare you to prove this statement true by replying...Though some may argue that your reply may very well evidence a lack of intelligence 🙂

    Colin...Very nice "statement of faith" (back on page 98) unless you personally did all the "objective research" yourself, which, in part, you would have had to trust in one or two "man-made" instruments for your so called "objective" testing. Instruments made by us evolving apes that may or may not reflect the absolute truth of the matter. Did I say "absolute truth"? There's another problem for you as an evolutionist. Without an "Absolute Source" of truth, there is no absolute truth, yet you argue herein as if there must be, and you want us to "believe" that there is while arguing out the other side of your mouth that there isn't. You are quite the oxy moron. So not only is your biased, subjective ignorance showing but so is your hypocrisy. You want to use a montheistic worldview to develop and support your premises and propositions while at the same time curse the Hand that made you. Your "faith" is showing too! Don't "believe" everything you read. Oh, but that's your argument against us Christian's isn't it? You've blinded yourself with so called "Science" to the point of willful ignorance..You don't really think that what you have written has not been addressed by greater minds than you, do you? Just search the internet and you will find your answers. But then you will be in the same position of "faith", won't you? Having to "believe" in the writing's of others – subjecting yourself to the reliability of their so called "objective" testing, research & propositions, no? And round and round we go...NEWSFLASH: The "theory" of evolution is on the brink of utter collapse by the very Scientist's that you have placed your "faith" in. If you and I are alive for the next 5 years we will both see it. If not, I will be with JesusNotReligion and you will be....Where? And if I have "believed" in vain I will end up where?Your faith is illogical, not to mention a Biblical manifestation of your willful sin and hatred of God (Romans 1:18ff)...If you can at least believe in that Biblical proposition that we are ALL born BORN HATING THE GOD WHO CREATED US and wanting to be god there may be hope for you yet. And if we could get our prideful, arrogant hands on Him we'd nail Him to A cross!...In the meantime, I offer you the opportunity in print to, as Jesus said, "repent or perish", and to change the direction of your "faith" from trusting in God-hating man (ultimately yourself)and trust in Jesus not religion. Who do YOU say that He is? (Matthew 16:15)...Be careful now, your answer will require "faith" either way. My apologies for any typos. My less than evolved thumbs may have hindered perfection.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Illegal Memes

      Paragraphs are your friend.

      And I mean more than just two...

      August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Mulehead

      Jesus – There is no evidence you ever existed.

      Ditto on the grammar patrol – wow...that's an 'F'.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  9. God is not real

    This Just in: Bill Nye cooler than I could have ever imagined, and I adored him as a child.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  10. Dyslexic doG

    Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.

    Isaac Asimov

    August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  11. Satan

    8======D – – – GOD

    August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  12. Undercover Brother

    So Bill Nye has an opinion, and this makes him different from me and you .......how ? How's this for finding my place: My opinion of Bill Nye has evolved. His program is good, but his opinion is just that – his.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • bozobub

      False. He is espousing something that he has evidence for, unlike Creationist myth. Try again.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Undercover Brother

      bozobub – wrong (again). His opinion is that teaching creationism is bad. That's called an opinion. Like this: in my opinion, you're an ignorant jerk.....but that's just my opinion.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  13. harleybird

    Come on Bill! I was loving ya until I read this.

    Two things: 1. What scientist has ever reproduded life from non-living basic elements?
    Answer: No one on earth has ever be able to do this or replicate what Evolution theorises.

    2. Is the fossil record complete? Does it show any transition species? Is there any evidence evolution is continuing today?
    The answer is the fossil record is incomplete. There are no transitional fossils and evolution has not been shown by any living person ever to be continuing today. I vast number of fossils are only represented by a couple bones. The way they actually look are based on imagination.

    Bill talks about creation so I assume he has no belief in God because a belief in evolution even in part is anti-christ anti-god anti-bible anti-religion. I am curious to know his belief.

    Fact is evolution is a theory but one based in only that. There are no real facts to back it up. So following scientific theory is you cannot reporduce the hypothosis or test it then how can it stand? Answer that Bil!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      Evolution has been 95% proven
      Creationism has been 0% proven

      All you knuckleheads who say evolution is not proven need to read the endless proof that is readily available anywhere outside a christian bookstore.

      America has become the laughing stock of the modern world. What an embarrassment!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "Does it show any transition species?"

      Ummmmm.....EVERY fossill is transitional species.

      talkorgins.org

      August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • ME II

      There is plenty of evidence to support evolution, a few highlights:
      Fossils such as Ambulocetus, Tiktaalik, Archeoptyrx, etc.
      Biogeography like marsupials, penguins, etc.
      Genetics like Endogenous Retroviruses (ERVs), Human Chromosome-2, etc.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Joel

      Evolution does not attempt to explain how life began, just how it diversified.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Huebert

      1) Evolution is not concerned with abiogenesis, the transition form non-living matter to life. That is still a mystery and every science will admit that.

      2) What would a complete fossil record look like? Yes we have thousands of transition fossils, and evolution is continuing today, it is simply on a time scale that you can't observe.

      3) Their is more evidence supporting the theory of evolution than their is supporting the theory of gravity.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      There are many transitional fossils.
      Tiktaalik is a fine example.

      If evolution is anti-Christ, anti-religion etc, why did Pope John Paul II say:
      "Tthis theory (evolution) has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favour of this theory."

      August 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • tj

      Fruit fly's evolve, maybe if you had taken a science class, you would know that .

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • debbie

      Fist off,, the Bible allows us to reason that the Earth and everything in it was not created in only 6 days. Those that do not understand or know what the Bible really teaches has no clue. The Bible also says that to the Creator Jehovah God, a day is like a thousand days. So, reasonably it could have taken longer then just literal 6 days. Also, Jehovah God's time is not the same as ours. He is superior to mankind in all ways, thinks and space. When one of those scientist who themselves are imperfect and fallible create a tree, car or say a human out of nothing before our eyes then and only then will I believe what they have to say. The Bible even agrees with what man over centuries has come to know. The Bible discribes water cycles and how it works before man came to recognize it. There is so much wealth of knowledge in the scriptures only because the writers give glory and praise to the Living God who Inspired them to write HIS thoughts not their own. He allowed humans to do the writing in their own flavor and style that is how much he loved and cherished their way of writing this thoughs. But the Bible from beginning to end is complete and whole for what we need as humans to know what it is that God expects from us and what he will do to change this wicked old system into his glorious new system ruled by Christ his son. Only an arrogant and thoughtless man like Bill Nye would not give credit to a supreme being because then he would have to acknowledge that he isn't as smart as he believes he is. We have vast knowledge as humans but if we don't have God in our lives and live the accordingly to his will, we will never experience true peace and security in this system of things.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • daphne

      Fist off,, the Bible allows us to reason that the Earth and everything in it was not created in only 6 days. Those that do not understand or know what the Bible really teaches has no clue. The Bible also says that to the Creator Jehovah God, a day is like a thousand days. So, reasonably it could have taken longer then just literal 6 days. Also, Jehovah God's time is not the same as ours. He is superior to mankind in all ways, thinks and space. When one of those scientist who themselves are imperfect and fallible create a tree, car or say a human out of nothing before our eyes then and only then will I believe what they have to say. The Bible even agrees with what man over centuries has come to know. The Bible discribes water cycles and how it works before man came to recognize it. There is so much wealth of knowledge in the scriptures only because the writers give glory and praise to the Living God who Inspired them to write HIS thoughts not their own. He allowed humans to do the writing in their own flavor and style that is how much he loved and cherished their way of writing this thoughs. But the Bible from beginning to end is complete and whole for what we need as humans to know what it is that God expects from us and what he will do to change this wicked old system into his glorious new system ruled by Christ his son. Only an arrogant and thoughtless man like Bill Nye would not give credit to a supreme being because then he would have to acknowledge that he isn't as smart as he believes he is. We have vast knowledge as humans but if we don't have God in our lives and live the accordingly to his will, we will never experience true peace and security in this system of things.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Undercover Brother

      Harleybird – couldn't agree with you more. Very well said.

      Dyslexic – why do you think the world is laughing at you ?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • nojinx

      The fact is all science is theory. By definition, science cannot provide laws or facts. Only theories. Some of those theories include:
      Physics
      Chemistry
      Meteorology
      Astronomy
      Geology
      Physiology

      All science and all 100% theory.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • David Larimer

      My good buddy harleybird,

      Go out and read a little bit. You must have picked all this objections off some creationist website that hasn't been updated since Darwin's time.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • nojinx

      The fossil record will always be complete because of its nature. But we find new parts of the record every year and those add to the foundation of knowledge we have about our past.

      Myths, on the other hand, are not a growing body of knowledge and do not add to the foundation of knowledge in the past or currently. They are as reliable as any other story you have ever heard when determining how our world works.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • nojinx

      Also, you don't have to say "transition species" – you can just say "specieis" as all creatures are a transition to the next evolutionary step. You and I are "transition species"

      August 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Undercover Brother

      tj – 'fly's' is possessive, not plural. Maybe if you had taken an English class you'd have know that.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  14. God Allmighty

    Sorry all. I'm just a myth. Please use your heads next time.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  15. NorthVanCan

    Man oh man. There sure are a lot of really stupid Americans out there. Thanks to the non believers , you guys aren't living in mud shacks.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Undercover Brother

      Really, just the non-believers have contributed to mankind's advancement ? You sure about that ?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  16. Vern

    Bill, I feel sorry for you, you being a scientist and yet unable to create anything close to a human, or a constellation system, or a brain to think really logically with is amazing to me...if you want to believe that there was a big explosion somewhere in the universe beyond this world and that is how you came to be you can keep that theory but don't tell parents what to do with there children. Thank God he gave us all a brain to think with so we don't have to depend on mechical engineers to tell us what we should believe. If you can't look at a flower and see that only a loving heavenly Father could have created something that beautiful I feel sorry for you. But then I guess you said it best, you are a mechanical engineer and work with anything but living things. As a mechanical engineer which would include using math and physics principles to help with the design of a product with a particular function; I challenge you now; that when you can create a living person with all your intelligence and not use a woman to do it; I will be happy to listen to you...until then, I believe that God the Father and Son and Holy Spirit worked together in 6 literal days and rested on the 7th Day and Santified and Hallowed that day. That He created Adam and Eve who are the mother and father of this world and that is where we came from...God save the world from people like you.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Science can't explain everything..

      Religion can't explain anything..

      August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Milton

      Yeah, god made flowers about ten minutes after he made tapeworms and malaria because he felt bad. Then he made leprosy after that because, well, he's psychotic.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Paul

      I agree, Vern.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Nitrogen

      Give Bill the right conditions and 2 billion years and he COULD make another person from scratch. In fact, all he would have to do is sit back and watch evolution take its course; he wouldn't have to intervene at all. Also, you shouldn't minimize the nature of a science degree. Sure, he is technically a mechanical engineer, but he is well versed in many sciences, including life science.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Nitrogen

      It also sickens me that you describe human procreation as "using a woman to do it". You must get your morals from the Bible.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • lar9166

      Vern,
      You should read about plant evolution. It actually is very interesting to read about, and yes, plants evolved the way that bacteria, fungi, protists, and yes, animals, evolved. Just because something is pretty doesn't make it come from some magical being. Actually the colors and "beautifulness" was genetically selected for because it attracted bees and other pollinating creatures who were more attracted to it than other flowers. The pollen of the flowers stuck to the insects, and spread causing the plant to reproduce. Every "beautiful" thing in natute iecame so because it was genetically-selected for over a long period of time.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  17. Lisa believes in Rheses pieces

    Asfr as I see it, this article simply states that 15% of US population possess fully evolved brains! See, science IS scary! Kudos to Bill Nye for having the guts to stand up and address this isue. If 85% in the US are relying on biblical text, it is no wonder we are failing in science. Stop the madness. Your resistance to evolve is only becoming more and more evident. Man walked on the moon because of forward thinking, science embracing research. Not because god gave him a boost. Science will cure cancer, not god. Get over your archaic beliefs and allow the other 15% to evolve! Believe in penicillin, you wouldn't be here otherwise. Thank a scientist for that!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • My Voice

      Alexander Fleming, the one in which discovered Penicillin, was a CHRISTIAN!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Wanna bet Fleming didn't believe that men and dinosaurs coexisted ?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • My Voice

      Alexander Fleming, the one in which discovered Penicillin, was a CHRISTIAN!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • GenYer

      You sure are just as close minded as a religious fanatic.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Beerfuzzman

      I am not sure if your able to undersstand or comprehend since you think you are amoung the 15%. Most scientific facts, technology came from what this stupid article is calling creationists. It is absurd, ignorant and stupid not to believe in a higher power. Is Bill that stupid to believe that if you believe in a higher power that you then have no abition in expanding your mind. Nothing wrong with haveing an open mind just dont close it.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  18. dugg

    In science we have to accept that we only know what we know by evidence. We accept that and keep plugging away with study and hard work. Creationists can't accept that they don't know something so they fill in the balance with crap thought up by goat herders around 2000BC. The very existtence of these backward creationists is partial proof that evolution does not move evenly. Future scientists will marvel at their tiny brains and place them somewhere around cro-magnon in development.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • nojinx

      Don't know the answer? Therefore, gods!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Paul

      It is thinking like that that shows man's arrogance. Everything must have tangible evidence. Scientists must have it. Have we ever thought that maybe the Creationism does have evidence, but our science has not "evolved" enough to identify it? They used to think that something that you cannot see with the naked eye cannot possible kill a man. But, we have wised up. We discovered it with science. Maybe we are not to the point to see the evidence, or maybe we are so self-consumed that we do not see it. I remember when animals did not have intelligence; only instince. What garbage.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  19. brian

    If religion and evolution were taught to children until the age of 18 by an unbiased person and let people decide for themselfs, I wonder how many religious people there would be. If kids didnt have their parents forcing it on them to the point they get brainwashed I bet people would chose logic over myth.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Calvin

      Brian my friend, logic finds its' roots in rationality. Rationality finds its' roots in a mind that is rational. Explain to me again how a rational mind came together out of nothing and had the gumption to develop the rules of logic. Why and how did logic develop form inate material?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  20. I'm with Bill

    This is an easy decision.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Calvin

      Wow, for a TV personality and Mechancial engineer to feel that they are in any position to decide what is best to teach about Cosmology to our children is quite amazing to me. Bill is allowed to choose for himself what he wants to belief, although I find it hard to belief that especially a mechanical engineer would think that everything just happened out of nothing (literally nothing) and it all happened so amazingly that it all makes such a beautiful mosaic. A mechanical engineer should understand that mechanical things come together based upon a plan.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
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