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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. Thomas

    Always amuses me how when a religious person gets a good result it is a miracle where God intervened on their behalf but when something bad occurs God has no responsibility. To believe a god made you and you are the center of all existence is the ultimate arrogance.

    September 2, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Rob

      I respectfully disagree. Christian, Jew, Muslim, or athiest, the ultimate arrogance is the belief that there is only one path to the "truth" and that yours is it. It's that hubris that turns me off to both points of view. Contrary to popular belief, there is wisdom in uncertainty.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • david esmay

      To believe, that some supernatural being created objects in his own image and then arbitrarily rewards and punishes them is an absurdity.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  2. Thomas Zwemer

    Americans by and large consider the Unided States as a "Christian" nation. One cannot be a true Christian without a belief in His Creative powers. The Gospel of John repeats Genesis 1. Paul repeadedly references Creation. John the Revelator is constant in his reference to Creation. He makes the statement that God is worthy of worship because of His creative Power. Rev. 4:11.

    Evolution is a hypothesis. It is not science until science can replicate it. Until then it remains as much an article of faith as Creationism. The only thing going for evolution is adaptability to accommodate to environmental impacts. So we have nector sucking birds, seed eating birds, and flexh eating birds but all birds. The DNA strand is a testimony of intelligent design not an ode to chance. Granted the Chuch was a great barrier to intellectual progress–yet the great minds of Newton et al were men of the Bible and well as of nature. Bill Ney stands on the shoulders of great scientist with a faith in a superme Being with the power to create and to maintain. TJZ

    September 2, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • chubby rain

      "Americans by and large consider the Unided States as a "Christian" nation. One cannot be a true Christian without a belief in His Creative powers. The Gospel of John repeats Genesis 1. Paul repeadedly references Creation. John the Revelator is constant in his reference to Creation. He makes the statement that God is worthy of worship because of His creative Power. Rev. 4:11.
      - "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion"— Treaty of Tripoli. You also assume that that all Christians adopt a literal interpretation of the Bible, which is false.

      "Evolution is a hypothesis. It is not science until science can replicate it. Until then it remains as much an article of faith as Creationism. The only thing going for evolution is adaptability to accommodate to environmental impacts. So we have nector sucking birds, seed eating birds, and flexh eating birds but all birds. The DNA strand is a testimony of intelligent design not an ode to chance."

      Evolution is a theory. A scientific theory supported by mountains upon mountains of experiments. Certain elements have also been replicated many times (genetic engineering, for example). I was going to correct the rest of your post but it would be much easier if you picked up a science textbook...

      September 2, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • sbp

      Virtually every single statement in your post is wrong. Or immaterial. "Americans by and large consider the US a Christian nation." Is there a point to that statement? Does that make it true? SHOULD it be true? It's a statement that certainly goes against the principles upon which the nation was founded.

      Evolution is not a hypothesis. Science can directly observe it NOW (plenty of examples). "The only thing going for evolution is adaptability to accommodate to environmental impacts. So we have nector sucking birds, seed eating birds, and flexh eating birds but all birds." Not even sure your point here; you seem to be ADMITTING evolution DOES occur, but only within species because of a completely erroneous belief that all birds are one species (I can only assume that's what you mean by different birds being "all birds." Do you think evolution means a bird will give birth to a cow? It doesn't work that way.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Athy

      Tom. Your diatribe makes no sense. Try reading it yourself, if you can. It's these kind of posts that make me lose my hair. From scratching my head trying to decipher them.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  3. Paul

    Its amazing all the vehement hatred against God. Just a few verses for everyone –

    2 Peter 3:3
    First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

    2 Timothy 3
    3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very DIFFICULT times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, SCOFFING at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

    I SEE A TON O SCOFFING ON THIS COMMENTS PAGE ALONE. AND WE ALL SEE THE DIFFICULT TIMES THAT ARE UPON US. AND MORE ARE TO COME. FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS PEOPLE. AND CHOOSE YOUR SIDES. BECAUSE THE BATTLELINES ARE BEING DRAWN. WHICH SIDE WILL YOU BE ON? DARK OR LIGHT?

    JOSHUA 24:15
    15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

    September 2, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Athy

      Paul, you are as dense as a wet brick. We don't hate god, we simply don't believe there is a god to hate. If we hate anything it's the people that keep on trying to inject religious nonsense into our government and public schools. Do you get it now? Or did it just fly over your empty head completely out of your reach?

      September 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Paul

      Its amazing how nasty the atheists get in comment forums like this. They get so hostile and vulgar! Where does YOUR anger come from?

      September 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Athy

      "it's", not "its". We're not really hostile, just frustrated with the blatant ignorance of you biblebabblers. Chuck that fucking collection of myths and read some more cogent literature.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Paul

      Are you kidding me, Athy. I see that you enjoy correcting all the errors in this forum. Oh wait! I forgot a question mark at the first sentence of my comment. I don't want the CNN Grammar Police to pull me over.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Athy

      Paul, don't be so sensitive. If you can't take it, go back to school and learn to write more intelligently. Since we can't see you face to face, we must judge your intelligence by the way you write. So far you fail miserably.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  4. fortruth47

    Bill Nye is a perfect example of Romans 1:22 "Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools"

    September 2, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • midwest rail

      False. And irrelevant.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Paul

      Amen. Pray for Bill Nye the Scoffer Guy!

      September 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • What IF

      fortruth47,

      And yet you claim to be wise to think that that statement is wise?!

      It's turtles all the way down...

      September 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Athy

      The brutal truth totally befuddles you , doesn't it?

      September 3, 2012 at 1:28 am |
  5. Mike

    Hilarious that the USA is still having this argument. Creationism??? Really??? maybe the creationists should move into the caves the taliban live in. Because you have to be in the Flinstones era to believe in fairy tales.........hey middle America......the WORLD IS LAUGHING AT YOU. Go attend your church in a dust field. Thats what society thinks of you.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • ....

      I am absolutley positive people have the same argument wherever you're from

      September 2, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • mhm

      There are wars all over the world over this, and you're berating people for having a convo online.. As the kids are saying: SMH -_-

      September 2, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • rob

      @Mike
      Where do you live, tootie fruity? Our God here in the USA is the Lord God. Not my problem if you pagans want to worship strange gods. You science, claiming millions of years in the past existed, is a bunch of nonsense.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • midwest rail

      @ rob – billions. and America is not a theocracy.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • rob

      @Midwest wail
      Really, billions of years in the past? And if course you aren't just spouting crap, you can count this, right? Okay, why not start right now? What "Good year of our Lord" should we start counting from? Moron. You can't even count ONE of those years without acknowledging the Lord. You pompous a$$.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • midwest rail

      rob – How old is the Earth ? And btw, your rsponse paints you as a contemporary faux Christian. Nothing more, nothing less.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oooh, looks like rob got his panties in a twist.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • rob

      @midwest rail
      The sun will set 9 more times, and when the last ray of light fades out over the horizon, the earth will be 5773 years old. That's a fact, jack. And none of you morons even attempted to answer my question.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ahhhahhahhahhhahha.

      Oh, rob, you card!

      September 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • rob

      Tom,
      Your Greek-based "science" is but a blip on my Hebrew calendar. I can chart it's beginning and one day, it's end. You could NEVER chart the beginning of the Hebrews using your science. You wouldn't even know where to start. Sincerely, that's how full of crap you scientists are. You don't even know where to start counting your "billions of years" backwards without using a Hebrew based calendar. Apologies for bursting your bubble, but that's how it is. Jesus is a Jew. The Roman calendar is based off of Him. And he lived his life using a Hebrew calendar. That's a fact.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Honey, you really need to take a few deep breaths and figure something out-you're on an anonymous blog. Nobody gives two sh!ts about you or your opinion or much else. Go boink your girlfriend. It's more worthwhile.

      But just so you know: "it's" is short for "it is". If you don't want to look like an idiot, learn that.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • rob

      @Tom Tom,
      In that case, with regard to your panties comment, well, maybe when no one is looking.

      And isn't your real name John?

      September 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      robbie, sweetie, the earth is billions of years old, my real name isn't Tom or John, I'm female, and you're a dolt.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Rob,

      by "Roman Calendar" are you talking about the Julian Calendar, or the Gregorian Calendar.

      I can assure you that the Julian Calendar DID NOT start with 1AD.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • rob

      @GOP
      Either. And I didn't say it started with 1AD, tootie fruity. I said it was based on Jesus.

      @Tom Tom
      If you keep calling me sweetie, you might fall in love. After all, I am a fisher of men.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I prefer men who actually don't need to swing their d!cks around to prove themselves, robbie.

      You're a kid.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • rob

      I'm 40. Suffered a lot in my life to learn these things.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  6. Evolution is proven!

    This video is explains clearly how evolution is proven.
    It is called Stage1 of the atheist evolution 😉

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUFUujSNpEU&w=640&h=360]

    September 2, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • Darwin

      Ah, couldn't help but notice that by stage3 the atheist had evolved into a full blown, hmm, er, what else, an ATHEIST!

      September 2, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  7. Dave

    I believe that the Bible is a tool that should be used to help lead a moral life, and to teach right from wrong. The concepts in the book can not all be taken literally because they are not applicable to modern times. The teachings are the same but if taken literally there would be no football (since touching the skin of a dead pig is forbidden, Leviticus 11), one would be able to sell their daughters into slavery (Exodus 21:7) and anyone who works on Sunday should be killed (Exodus 35:2). Just something to think about.

    September 2, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Athy

      A reasonable statement. Thank you a brief flash of sanity.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • Reason77

      @Dave

      Actually you are not using the Bible to discern right from wrong, you are using your sense of right and wrong to interpret the Bible. It is the only way you can determine which verses to take literally. So, the human conscience is the ultimate source of our sense of right and wrong.

      September 2, 2012 at 2:56 am |
    • Blake

      Dave we are not under old testament laws anymore. When Jesus died for our sins we were given a new covenant.

      Rom. 7:6: “But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”
      Galatians 19-21- 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

      20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

      21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

      September 2, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • Dave

      @Blake
      You way we are not under Old Testatment laws, yet the book of Genesis and the story of creation are in the Old Testament. I understand that those laws do not apply, that was the point of the post.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Dave

      Started on one thought and went with another, I was supposed to write "I know," not sure where the "you way" came from. Apologies.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  8. Thus Spoke a Modest Proposer

    When you encounter someone who professes to be an Atheist, take the most personally advantageous action: eat him. Atheists are high in protein and a good source of B vitamins and amino acids. They tend to be greasy, so otherwise watch your intake of fats and cholesterol. Since Atheists are usually quite young and generally are the product of a somewhat privileged background, they seldom will require tenderization-– though the rarely encountered elderly Atheist can be among the toughest of meats, rendered fit for eating only by stewing or by incorporation into sausage.

    They are also good in casseroles and fricassees.

    Shield your activities in this matter from the attention of the authorities until Atheists are recognized as game animals by the state. Remember, you have nothing to fear except law enforcement as long as you have braised, roasted or broiled the Atheist to an internal temperature of at least 180 degrees.

    Do not be dissuaded from the enjoyment of freshly slaughtered Atheist by any nagging “Moral Sense”. Your “Moral Sense” is nothing more than a genetic imprint, a primitive survival advantage you have long outgrown. There is nothing “wrong” with killing and eating Atheists. There are, after all, no objective moral values in the universe.

    Some within our movement have brought to my attention that since only a small percentage of the US population identifies as Atheist, a domestic shortage will soon ensue. The problem of the importation of foreign stock is a real one, and though logistically challenging, should be met with by the harvest of readily available European animals. Atheists have become common in Europe since the great conflagrations of WW II and the Cold War. The horrors perpetrated by Nietzschean inspired Fascism are not easily forgotten. And the long and grueling Cold War– a necessary defense against the wholly Atheistic social and economic philosophy of Marx and the realized atrocities of Stalin, et al.–has left Europe moribund and stagnant. The irony that so many Europeans have responded to the historical atrocities of Fascism and Communism by embracing Atheism themselves is delicious. I suggest we take advantage of that delicious irony: literally.

    Remember, God is Dead. We are Beyond Good and Evil.

    Bon a pet.it.

    September 2, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • Athy

      It's "Bon appetit", dummy. And the rest of your post is equally erroneous.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Thus Spoke a Modest Proposer

      You must be French. I enjoy French cuisine. Are you available for dinner?

      September 2, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • ardis

      How strange how very strange!

      September 2, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  9. Leeuwenhoek's Flies

    The real question is why abiogenesis is a theory in such disarray. After Miller-Urey, it was all going to be so simple. It is a theory with vast problems. The fact that exogenesis is actually taken seriously shows how desperate some researchers have become.

    September 2, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Leeuwenhoek's Flies

      Here is just how desperate:

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoncJBrrdQ8&w=640&h=360]

      September 2, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • chubby rain

      You mean scientists are having trouble replicating an event that took place three billion years ago, over a billion year time span, in an earth-sized beaker? And they haven't been able to do it in 100 or so years, in a single test tube, with uncertain knowledge of the initial conditions?

      September 2, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  10. Quint

    All Atheists should be fed to sharks. After all, since there is no "moral order" in the universe, there is nothing "wrong" with the idea.

    September 2, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • Athy

      What?

      September 2, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • Quint

      Atheist, freshly ground, makes very good chum. Chunked, it is very effective as a drift bait for larger fish. It can also be had inexpensively at most college campuses.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Athy

      How would you know? You've clearly never been to a college campus.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Steven

      You're equating morality with religion and the two and not synonymous. For instance, your post calls for mass murder, which sounds about right coming from a christian. If I were to adopt the christian morality, as you describe it, I would have to align my morality with yours and accept mass murder as good and righteous. Sorry, but my nonchristian morality will not allow me to support such a heinousness act.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • Paul

      Steven – I am a practicing Christian, but agree with your answer. Perfect reply! I have many many friends/colleagues who lean towards an atheistic view or agnostic and are just as moral as anyone I know from my church. Most people have a conscience that gives them guidance on what is right or wrong.

      September 3, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  11. Dan

    "Scientific theories are the most reliable, rigorous, and comprehensive form of scientific knowledge. This is significantly different from the word "theory" in common usage, which implies that something is unproven or speculative."
    Evolution is not something that was simply thought up to explain something with no evidence. I believe that religion was created to explain things that people couldn't explain because they didn't have the tools we have today, and to keep order withen society. However, since we do have these tools to explain why something is this or that way, we must accept that the past thinkers were wrong.

    September 2, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  12. 2357

    We're becoming CNN's trolls with every minute we waste here. No one is persuaded of anything, except how much they despise each other. Surely this same debate and atmosphere will be part of the program in hell.

    September 2, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  13. Joseph H. J. Marcak

    "Theory" is a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact.

    "Belief" is the confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.

    If Evolution is a theory based on facts and Creation is a belief based on supposition; what's the difference?

    To suppose: to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory.

    September 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • chubby rain

      A scientific theory is "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment." A belief based on faith has no supporting evidence, proof, or reason. But hey, you are as dumb as 50% of Americans. Congrats.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Jill

      Joseff Ackkack, love me an "arguement". I say the Flying Spaghetti Monster is our noodly creator. Do you disagree, and if so, what is your evidence against His Immense Noodliness on which we all feed?

      September 2, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  14. ArthurP

    You notice that the majority of Creationists are attacking the messenger and not the message.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • DJP

      You want the message attacked – no problem. The idea that all this design and creation came from sheer trial and error development over any period of time is rediculous. In addition to reject creationism and the Bible says that you give an awful lot of credit to the genius of the people that did write the Bible and create a guide for living that defies time and puts together such a magnificent story. How brilliant they were and yet how wasteful to create suh a beautiful story if it is false whcih it clearly is not. In addition the message to stop teaching our children the story of creation is noen of anyone's business to tell parents not to do so in a manner which suggests they are contributing to the degradation of this country. This country has many many more problems of higher importance that teaching creationism.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • chubby rain

      The idea that we came from some sky fairy who came from nothing is even more ridiculous. On your last point, science is the key to economic development. It drives technological innovation and provides us an advantage in a global marketplace. Scientific illiteracy is a pretty big problem.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Athy

      DJP, your writing skills and stone-age beliefs are mind-numbingly appalling. I definitely notice a correlation of these two traits among almost everyone that posts here.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  15. DJP

    The only thing Bill Nye's video accomplished is to take away respect for the work he has done. It is unfortunate that someone who can reach such vast audience spouts such nonsense.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • niknak

      What nonsense did he spuot D?
      That teaching creationism is wrong?
      We are the only industrialised nation that still clings to this fairy tale.
      While the kids in other countries are learning true science, our schools are being forced to include myths and voodoo.
      I bet the Chineese are loving every minute of this are our next generation will be creamed by theirs when it comes to owning the next level of technology.
      But keep up the good work and teach your kids religious dogma.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • DJP

      Niknak – I shall keep they grow older. We are quite fortunate in this country to have the right to teach our kids as they should be learning about some of the fundamental things this country was founded on namly a belief in God. And this notion that America is the only industrialized nation that teaches creation where can you find a facutal substantiation for that notion?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • Dan

      Out of curiosity, how old do you believe the Earth is?

      September 2, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Athy

      DJP, you need to try English the next time you post. Not that even then you would say anything intelligent, but at least we could understand it

      September 2, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  16. mjazzguitar

    You don't have to be a Creationist to realize that evolution is a theory with no merit.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, you just have to be completely ignorant.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Joseph H. J. Marcak

      (Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son) You claim "mjazzguitar" ignorant based on what? Lack of proof? You give an opinion without backing it with a comprehensive arguement. As my Speech and Debate teacher would of said, "That is a lot of hot air back by lack of intelligence". And before you decide to rebuttal my own arguement, use intelligent to look up what "theory" means and compare it to the definition of a belief. might enlighten you.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • chubby rain

      Joe, you are confusing "scientific theory" with "theory". Seriously, have you picked up a genetics textbook ever in your life? Heck a basic science textbook that would cover the scientific method? Evolution is the basis of modern medicine. The next time you get sick, don't take the drugs. Trust in God to cure you.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Tina

      Joseff, love me an "arguement". I say the Flying Spaghetti Monster is our noodly creator. Do you disagree, and if so, what is your evidence against His Immense Noodliness on which we all feed?

      September 2, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Commenter

      Joseph,
      " As my Speech and Debate teacher would of said,"

      Well, your Speech and Debate teacher would have sent you back to English class. "Would of" makes no sense. That's not even touching on "arguement" and "to rebuttal".

      Poor language skills are not a sign of high intelligence.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Athy

      Shit, Joe. The way you write you can't have an IQ much above room temperature. How could you have debated anything?

      September 2, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  17. mjazzguitar

    A long time ago a single cell appeared and then divided and is the ancestor of every single thing that has lived and is living today.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Mike

      Yes.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Doug

      I have read these blogs, time after time , you have printed the Word "Time ", and still you ramble as if you knew where TIME began. When Time is broken down to it's lowest common begining we will find our answers, but as TIME goes on we move further away, get a grip on TIME and find it's creator. "That which was, that which is, that which will be,that which never was.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • tallulah13

      Did you actually read the post before you made your comment, Doug? There was no claim to know the beginning of time. It seems, however, you claim a higher knowledge. Please, show your evidence for a "creator".

      September 2, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Athy

      Dougie also needs to work on the difference between "it's" and "its". He doesn't appear to know much else either.

      September 2, 2012 at 1:02 am |
  18. Ketzazu

    Can someone ask Bill Nye what his evolutionary blood line is. Chimpanzee? Gorilla? He should educate his family about his origin. He should confess to his children what blood line they came from so they can pass the knowledge to his grand children. Did his parents evolve from animals also? Is so, which one?

    September 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yet another dimwit heard from, again.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Bill

      Ketzazu, please get your GED before posting again.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Athy

      He's got to pass sixth grade first.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  19. ArthurP

    The only people who think science is faith based are Creationists. Which when you look at it makes sense because they not only do not accept science the don't believe in it either.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • niknak

      They may not believe in it, but they sure as hell run to it whenever they have health issues.
      And they benefit from the inventions it has produced to make our lives easier and more comfortable.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • ArthurP

      When a Fundamentalist Christian gets bit by an animal I have always wondered why they choose sciences rabies cure rather than the one listed in scripture. Isn't that like thumbing their nose at God?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  20. Thomas Murray

    Bill Nye shares with those who would teach creationsism in schools the same level of intolerance and ignorance necessary to lump one tiny group of unschooled Christians in with the rest of us. I love science, and I recognize the benefits to mankind which science has delivered. I am also Christian, and I don't like being branded uncouth or backwards simply because Bill Nye thinks all Christians are illiterate. He should go back to being the goofy science guy. It's what he's good at.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Brooke

      I did not see anywhere where he criticized Christians as a whole, only creationists. There certainly are Christians who believe in evolution. Do you people just look for things to be offended by, whether they're there or not?

      September 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • timmuh

      Your beloved science tells us that the supernatural biblical claims never happened in that suspension of physics, or magic, is physically impossible. Your ability to compartmentalize has allowed to you appreciate both.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
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