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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 • Faith Now • Science

soundoff (14,640 Responses)
  1. Buckhippo

    All joking aside at the ignorant hysterical religious nut jobs, I am very concerned for this planet because of the arcane ideals that religion continues to inject into day to day life. If we don't have a collective wake up call soon, we are going to selfishly destroy the only one thing we know to be real (our planet) in hopes of trying to het to this mythical placed called heaven. In the search for heaven, we make our daily lives hell on earth.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • jrg

      There is no risk to the planet, only to our civilization and perhaps the human species. Once we die out due to our stupidity (e.g. creationism) the planet will recover and continue on for a few more billion years (until the Sun expands at the end of its life).

      I agree that our civilization is at pretty grave risk.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  2. SaucyIrish1

    God is the ultimate Scientist, Darwin is buried in a Catholic Cemetery (no comment on that one lol), & Bill Nye can't evolve mentally into reasonable human, anyone who can't see the details of this amazing world & it's creation is apparently very flexible & still has there head up their posterior range, hence not evolved mentally.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Tripe

      ""Denial of evolution is unique to the United States,""

      After I read, this, I read no further.

      I believe in evolution, but to say Creationism is solely (insert nation here) is as ridiculous as organized religion itself.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • ReasonableXX

      Darwin was a very religious man living in a very religious time. His personal beliefs have nothing to do with the implications of his discoveries.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'SaucyIrish1' is an instance of the ad hominem fallacy.

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

      August 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • ReasonableXX

      "After I read this, I read no further."

      That would be typical of someone who is not interested in finding the truth if it disagrees with their preconceived ideology.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • TX Red

      Get an education.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Greg

      The scientific method, basic logic, and reason all disagree with you.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • michiganhockey11

      Mr. Nye,

      Is there evidence of evolution in the world? Yes, but it's micro evolution. There is not evidence and has not been proof of macro evolution in the world, period.

      There's notto having the argument if your presuppositions keep your mind from being open to the plausibility of an ultimate creator being. But if you want to live in denial of the law of infinite regressions, be my guest. Logic dictates there cannot be an infinite number of regressions that cause things to exist. There no mention of God in that at all is there?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • jrg

      To Tripe: Many surveys have clearly shown that creationism IS far more widely believed in the US than in other Western (i.e. culturally similar) countries. He likely went too far in saying it is "unique", but perhaps he meant having such a large percentage of the population supporting creationism is unique to the US, and that I think IS true.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Cherokee

      Sorry, but anyone, and I mean ANYONE who believes in creationism on ANY level is an utter moron and should sterilize themselves. I don't care if you justify it with your "faith" in a magical god who has never once in actual recorded history spoken to anyone. I don't care if you are just too afraid of the world NOT having one big creator who made you just the way you are. Evolution is the real deal, not some faith based pseudo science. Evolution has been proven time and time and time again. As has the fact that the world is much, much, much older than 10,000 years. If you can't accept any of that evidence, then you aren't fit to be a functioning, decision making adult. If you ignore the evidence of your eyes, and ignore the evidence of your mind, then you deserve neither one of those things. If you just blindly accept that God created the world in 144 hours, and then try and say, oh well all of the fossils in the geologic record were put there by him to test our faith, you just simply don't understand what it is to be human at all. Creationism is a wad of bunk that a whole bunch of people who want nothing more than to control society have put out and about to make themselves seem more "scientific" because all of the thinking, rational people in the world know that creationism is truly just a load of hooey. Religion is nothing more than a form of social control, and all of you who think really well of yourselves for "having faith in something that can't be proven" are sheep. You were told that it is great to believe in something that you cannot verify for yourself, and you fell for it, and fork over money to a group of people who are trying to control how you think. Faith is nothing more than denial of what is. The world is, history is, faith is NOT. Faith is for people who are too scared to understand that they mean NOTHING in the universal scope of things. Don't try to deny it either, you tell yourself that you are important enough for god to have created this entire universe, with just human beings as intelligent life, that only human beings will go to Heaven. Please. If there WAS a creator, why would he select one species above all others that he created? That makes no rational sense at all. Even if he were to accept all species into Heaven, why make a finite life, then reward people for arbitrarily doing what they are told, when he gave us minds to use. Faith is the crutch of the weak minded. It is what makes them think they are better than anyone else. And the VAST majority of people of faith, do in fact, think themselves as better than every one else. You aren't. You are weak minded, and not a special glowing star. By your own faith, you are a pile of dust animated to give the great big puppet master something to entertain himself. Free will? Don't make me laugh. God is supposed to be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He knows all and knows what you are going to do before you do it. How does that leave any room for free will? Get over yourselves, and stop thinking that some giant bearded dude in the clouds made the world. Attractive forces did that. Explosive forces put the universe into it's current shape. Evolution has led our species to where it is, not divine providence. Creationism is pseudoscience, and should be banned everywhere.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Ultimately everything has to come from somewhere. To me, its really no more crazy to believe that some mythical creature (any, all, maybe even a flying spaghetti creature) created everything, than it all just spontaneously appeared and over millions of years formed what we have now.

    I also have no problem with a non-denominational creationism account being taught in schools.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Jeff

      Being taught side by side with evolution as competing theories, that is.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • cleareye1

      The spaghetti monster version?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • ME II

      ...as.science?

      How exactly?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • sbp

      Non-denominational creationists are called Deists, and they don't exist as an organized religion. Except perhaps as Wiccans.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Tom H

      Except there is an overwhelming amount of evidence showing life has slowly evolved and self perpetuated itself over the past 2 billions years and zero evidence for creationism....

      August 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • LessBias

      If there was anything to teach, sure. But the simple fact of the matter is that there is not one bit of information / data / study / evidence in support of creationism. In other words it is, by definition, *not* science.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Dave

      Look if you and buddy and shooting the s@#t and don't about something, then sure everything has to come from somewhere but imagine this. You and that buddy are sitting on deck and every minute or so you or him get stung by a bee. You can say "The big Baloo in the sky is punishing you" or "It's just random" but if you get up and look around and see that there's a nest nearby then you can safely conclude that you're getting stung because you're too close to a nest. Science is the last approach. Evolution isn't just a theory, it's a scientific theory which means it CAN BE proven false (now don't misread this, it's not false but it allows for the possibility, whereas religion does not. You cannont disprove the big Baloo and everyone just ends up arguing who's pretend friend is better) Evolution has been tested and ...what do you know?...it works. There's consistent evidence, we see it in small scale and large scale operating all around us. Evolution is what is happening. Creationism is a story. If you want to believe in guided evolution, sure I can get behind that but if you have to take the literal word of God, from your bible, whatever version its on, translated from latin that was translated from greek that was translated from coptic, etc, then please be happy and leave the rest of the world alone so it can move forward.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • jrg

      What should be taught in schools (e.g. high school science) is what scientists think is true. When there is controversy then all sides should be taught. There is no controversy about evolution among scientists, only among the public (and only in the US). In a class about how we know what we know (if they still have such things in high school) then evolution and creationism is a good subject for analysis, but that is not a biology or physics class.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • jrg

      Jeff says: "Ultimately everything has to come from somewhere."

      You are making the classic mistake of taking what you know about ordinary day to day existence as we perceive it, and applying that to how all of existence came to be. Why should one have anything to do with the other? We already know at the smallest scale (quantum mechanics) that particles are popping into and out of existence all the time. Extrapolating what we know about tables and chairs and apples and houses etc to how the universe works is folly. All we can do is follow where ever the data leads, and on how the universe came to be, or even what the universe actually is, we just don't know at least yet. Maybe someday we will or maybe the science deniers will kill off our civilization before we get a chance to figure it out.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Jeff

      I certainly don't support creationism. What I would like is the simple explanation of where everything came from.

      Yes, we have proof going back that everything evolved from lesser life forms. Yes, we have proof that the different galaxies are moving from a central point, a event point commonly referred to the Big Bang. What is the unified theory that explains where all of that matter came from? I'm simply arguing that until there is a consensus on where all the matter came from, you are still relying on matter spontaneously appearing, or having always existed. I cannot just accept this as fact, as science would have me, anymore than I can believe some God created it all.

      August 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  4. michael

    I have only this to say...I'd rather live believing in God and die only to find out He doesn't exist, than to live believing He doesn't exist and die only to find out he's REAL. In the first scenario, I would have nothing to lose or gain because there was nothing to lose or gain in the first place, BUT....if the second scenario is true, then I would've lost everything. People have the right to believe what they want to believe, but you athiests should think about your constant, hateful bashing of Christians and religion. If you're so sure that God isn't real that you're willing to risk eternity in a firey Hell, that's your choice. Welll, my lunch break is over so I'm going back to work. Later.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      So, 'Pacal's Wager' then?

      I'll believe just in case God is real. If God were real, don't you think he could tell the difference?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • LessBias

      Your false argument presumes there to be only 2 choices, when in fact, there are many. Many religions condemn those who do not believe to some sort of eternal damnation. So if you're looking at religion as an insurance policy, I think you may want to get your money back. It's just as likely that you'll meet Allah, or Buddha, or any number of Hindu gods, or even Roman gods in your "afterlife".

      August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Ace

      So you and your stupidity can hurry up and die then..

      August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • redzoa

      The depressing part is how many believe Pascal's Wager represents sound reasoning, never considering that just perhaps, their belief is the wrong one which will put them in the place they so desperately want to avoid.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Lola

      What if Vishnu is real? Who do you worship then, God or any one of the thousands of divine figures that have existed throughout the course of mankind's history.

      this is why Pascal's Wager doesn't work.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • cleareye1

      But what if you die and Charles Darwin is waiting at some gate to judge you? Try thinking for yourself, it's invigorating.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • tta

      So you're saying atheists should believe in god as a failsafe? Not because they genuinely believe in the doctrine, but just in case hell exists, because an omnipotent god would NEVER be able to see through that facade?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'michael' is a form of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.

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

      August 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • cleareye1

      So basically you are afraid NOT to believe? Not much faith in that.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • phelpsd85

      What if what you believe is wrong anyway. You may believe in God, but it is most likely the wrong God if there is one. Really what are the chances that there is one God exactly what Christians imagine it is. There are so many religions out there. Probability wise (I know Math and Science are close cousins, so you might not understand this), every person who believes in God is wrong, because even in the chance there was a God, it is highly unlikely to be the God you worship, or anyone worships for that matter. Personally I'll take my chances not believing in any God.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Dave

      Why do I have to be an antheist to believe in evolution? The "church" is run by man/woman (okay usually it's us guys causing the big problems) and so can be flawed. Creation myths, including the bible, are our best attempts to explain how the world came into being. Maybe we got it wrong. No big woop, just drop it and get over it. The problem only begins with Fundamentalism. Regardless of what, if you're a fundamentalist you don't accept any change or deviance from what some guy told you. That's my 10 year son who believes billy down the street over his parents and teachers because he trusts billy. But sometimes, billy isn't right. Or at least I hope not or else there are flying snakes that can eat people whole.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Dan

      @Dave:

      I hope you meant that Creation myths WERE our best way to explain how the world began. They are laughably irrelevant in light of today's scientific evidence.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  5. LessBias

    Like it or not, both sides believe that some intelligent being arose from nothingness. Creationists believe that being to be god, while evlolutionists show that being to be man. Evolution is the only of the two with any evidence whatsoever in support of it.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  6. But

    But Who/What created GOD??????????????

    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • tj

      God's mommy and daddy.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Ace

      Reminds me of the omnipotent paradox. (I don't expect religious wackos to understand so don't bother to try)
      If god is omnipotent then he can create anything, including a rock that even he can't move. So if he can't move the rock then he is not omnipotent. If he can't create the rock, he's not omnipotent. See how your religious beliefs fail even the slightest logical analysis. GET YOU HEADS OUT OF THAT FAIRY TAIL BOOK AND SMELL REALITY!

      August 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  7. G

    "After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands." - Nietzsche

    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • What?

      Nietzche liked to come into religious men?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  8. Whatever

    There was a woman commenting on an article similar to this that was actually trying to convince someone that men and women are biologically different because men have one less rib than women (or women have one more than men, how ever you want to look at it). She truly believed this because, of course, in the Bible it is told that woman was created from Adam's rib, and so without bothering to consult an anatomy textbook, or a cadaver, she just took this as fact. That right there is the problem with the relationship between faith and science. And that is the problem Bill Nye is trying to highlight.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  9. Scott

    I don't believe in Christian Creationism... but lets be fair... "Evolution" is creationism too. One says "god" did it, the other says "natural selection" did it. Both attribute credit to a power for making us into what we are today.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • ReasonableXX

      False equivalency. One is supernatural and one is completely within the laws of nature and physics.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • cleareye1

      If Jesus was showing us how he turned sticks into snakes on a TV reality show every week you might have a point. Science can demonstrate their evidence, faith cannot.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  10. Mandy

    What baffles me about everyone criticizing creationism and God is that the ones who are criticizing have never REALLY picked up a Bible and tried to decipher it and read it. All of the critics out there are just plain scared of what they might end up finding. The truth is that I used to be a critic and just as cynical until God revealed Himself to me.

    What bothers me even more is the hate that is thrown around towards someone because of their beliefs. People are so ugly and hateful because they "know" their beliefs are right. I truly believe that mine are because I've been on both sides of the table and I have faith that my God (the triune God of the Bible, that is) is going to come back one day. That doesn't mean that I'm going to call others stupid because they don't believe it. Too many haters in this world!!!

    August 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Scott

      Well, I've never picked up a bible to try and figure out the rules to baseball either.... The bible and science have virtually nothing in common.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • jrg

      Being critical of the total lack of support for creationism is not about attacking God. The bible is not a science text. There is simply no dispute that the earth is very old, the universe even older, and all life on this planet is descent from vastly simpler forms. If those facts are contrary to your religion, then your religion has problem. But that says nothing about God existing or not. Personally I don't think it makes any sense for the basis of all of reality to be a highly complex intelligent being that is not itself based on something else, but to each their own on such things. But again the age of the earth and how life diverged into different species is simply not up for debate any longer.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • David L.

      I was born and raised Christian in the Catholic church. I went through a "born-again" phase when I was "saved" by a friend at school. I have read the Bible cover to cover, and have studied it thoroughly. Then I went to college, where I was enlightened, and realized that blind belief in the Bible is a crutch used by people who are incapable of dealing with this world without it.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Sagian

      Actually, many of the people criticizing creationism are more familiar with the Bible than most self-proclaimed Christians. The more familiar you are with it, the more ridiculous it seems.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Fernando

      Thank you for telling me that you will not call me stupid. I can feel the love.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Josh Richards

      If you read it you'd know that not to be true.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Mandy

      at jrg- no disput that the earth is very old? 4-6000 years old maybe. Even though there may be 'scientific evidence' that the earth is millions of years old, what would you say if I said, God created it to look that way just to baffle scientists in this world?

      At David L and Sagian – I truly hope that you aren't putting God in a little box because He didn't do something 'right' for you. One day the truth will be revealed. I would much rather live with love in my heart towards others and a hope and peace that surpasses all understanding than to be hopeless and hateful towards others like most of the people on this board.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Mandy

      @Fernando- your comment is precisely the type of sly sarcastic hateful comment I am referring to.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Wrong, at least for me. I went through the bible study phase, followed Billy Graham, etc. but it just didn't hold up to a curious mind. In short, it is preposterous!

      August 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Mandy

      @cleareye – God doesn't save everyone!

      August 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • David L.

      No hate in my heart, and I'm very comfortable with my world-view. I admit ignorance to what faces me beyond this life, and the lack of knowledge excites me.

      I'm not putting God in a "box" because he didn't do something right for me. I chose to veiw this world in terms of science because that has done everything for me. Religion was very good to me when I was a part of it, but voluntary blindness was not enough.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Dave

      Mandy, Mandy. So God goes out of his way to make things for scientist's to find but can't be bothered to make something to unite men behind one religion, or stop war or how about this make something for creationists to have as evidence? Are you saying God likes the scientists better? I believe in God, but not creationism. The history of the bible is too convoluted to allow that (have you looked at its formation in 325AD?) I would say I'm a Christian, but more Gnostic and I don't have any problems with science and God coexisting. Attempts to defend creationism are illogical, overly simplistic and just plain wrong.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • jones

      umm....god revealed himself to you? any chance you got that on video? or maybe have anything substantial you can put on the table to accompany that statement?...I'm all for believing in whatever one deems worthy for themselves, but statements that can only be understood or proven to the believer tend to leave little room for credibility to the 6billion+ on the planet that weren't there. I've read the bible and it all kinda sounds made up...I love fantasy books (among other genres) but know to leave the words on the pages when i've moved on to another task.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Mandy

      @David L. – then we can agree to disagree. If you grew up with the word, you may one day have something happen that may just change your mind yet. And I don't see it as 'religion' either. You are either saved, or, you're not. Religion just gives you a way to choose how you want to live based on your beliefs. I only choose a church that bases their teachings solely on the Bible and that reflect those teachings and applications in their lives. And the voluntary blindness comment can be turned around on you in that maybe God has blinded you to His truth because He knows your heart was not truly set on Him in the first place.

      Just my opinion..... doesn't mean a thing.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Mandy

      @ Dave- I was only giving you a possibility – or maybe a 'theory'. Thats all scientists have anyway. All science is based upon human knowledge. We don't know exactly what God's overall intentions are because He is God. Plain and simple.

      @jones- You are precisely one of the haters I'm referring to. Don't sit there and ridicule me on my beliefs and then come back and try to justify it by saying "I am all for beliefs". Yes, He revealed Himself to me. He has revealed Himself to many people, this is not new to anyone. If you weren't so cynical towards the idea and you opened up your mind to the possiblity and read the Bible, who knows? He would probably reveal Himself to you as well!!!!

      August 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Liz

      Mandy – how do you KNOW that "they" haven't thoroughly read and deciphered the Bible and still disagree with you? See the problem with both sides is when they use words like "never" "always" "totally", etc, describing the other side.
      It's possible that many people have thoroughly read the Bible and still disagree with you and your God. As I'm certain that you've thoroughly studied and deciphered evolution and still disagree with it. And that's fine. Lots of theories and studies. Lots of opinions.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Mandy

      @Liz- If you re-read the posts I've written, that's all I have said. This is MY OPINION, it MEANS NOTHING>

      August 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Dave

      Mandy writes: @ Dave- I was only giving you a possibility – or maybe a 'theory'. Thats all scientists have anyway.

      String theory isn't a scientific theory...yet. It's just an idea. To be a real bonafide scientific theory it has to be testable, which means it has to have the possiblity of being disproven. The scientist have a lot of stuff on their side like evidence to support their models. All you have are a collection of books. Written long after Christ died and which books you have depends on which bible you have. Even the bible refers to the apocrypha (hidden writings) that weren't included in the bible itself. The one book that talks of creationism is genisis and it's a paraphrasing of older traditions. All the scientists have are a good solid 400 years and counting of reproducable evidence. The "gods" of science get proven...not wrong, but not completely right. And so Aristotle was replaced by Newton, and Newton by Einstein, and Einstein by the many gods of Quantum and so on. Newton was wrong, but 99% of the time it works and Einstein worked 99.9% of the time.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  11. sheila kind

    Two words: Bhagavad gita (predates the bible by centuries and shows far more intelligence)
    "If men are but the dreams of gods, cannot gods be but the dreams of men?"
    The bible was written by men. It is a dream. It is not reality. Kind of fun to read, could possibly be made into the best graphic comic book ever..............but beyond that.......................

    August 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • QS

      Indeed, well said. It is a great story...but in the end it's just that, a story.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  12. It

    It was God's Orgasm that created the "Big Bang"!

    August 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      The story so far: in the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. Many races believe that it was created by some sort of god, though the Jatravartid people of Viltvodle Six firmly believe that the entire Universe was, in fact, sneezed out of the nose of a being called the Great Green Arkleseizure. The Jatravartids, who live in perpetual fear of the time they call ‘The Coming of the Great White Handkerchief’, are small, blue creatures with more than fifty arms each, who are therefore unique in being the only race in history to have invented the aerosol deodorant before the wheel. However, the Great Green Arkleseizure theory was not widely accepted outside Viltvodle Six.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  13. Mona

    When the Media claims that Asia will overtake us, I usually roll my eyes except when we are discussing STEM programs and what that means for future jobs in the US. Billions of people in Asia and many of them are embracing Science and becoming educated. Most of our DRs will be foreign born. Creationism and religious fanaticism will destroy this country. Normally most people think, hey stay stupid and poor who cares, but the problem is it will effect us all because of Asia's huge population. The ignorant of this country need to start pulling their weight and get some of their kids interested in STEM programs. If not, our country is going to fall way behind.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  14. Someone

    One person said that Christians want to keep us fools believing things like the theory of flat earth which was disproved by the Christian, Ptolemy in the early second century which is long before Columbus. Ptolemy's estimate was off by a matter of miles. Columbus decided that Ptolemy was wrong and did what anyone would do and found another estimate of the earth's size that found it to be a short trip to Asia. So do not say Christians are ignorant, or try to keep in the Dark Ages.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  15. Learn to Fish

    I'm a successful engineer who "can build stuff and solve problems." I don't think evolution and creationism are mutually exclusive, and I believe both played a part in our world's creation/development.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • sbp

      Do you also believe that God literally caused the ten plagues of Egypt? By what mechanism was the Nile turned to blood?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • OOO

      You are not a young earth creationist are you? In otherwords, your definition of creationsim is that god is responsible for creating only what science hasn't figured out yet (like what caused the big bang). Then evolution takes over. Right?

      August 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  16. birch please

    Please theists use this doubt and questioning towards EVERYTHING, and that include what your holy man tells you to think.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  17. Tom

    People forget about God when they have 'everything'... and they seek God when they have 'nothing'...
    When you die and have nothing, it will be too late...

    August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  18. ViperGuy

    The reason why creationism in general has been slammed so hard by evolutionist, is 99% of creationist don't understand the Bible and missed the scripture in 2 Peter 3:8 where it says "A day for God is as a Thousand years", meaning one creation day could have been a million or several million years, not a literal 24 hour day. Time for God is not the same as time for us. See how many prophesies in the Bible used "days" in the place of literal years. And both sides also get the Great Flood wrong. The Bible says the animals were loaded up into the Ark according to their "Kinds", not their species. From one pair of "K9" for example, the "kind" being a dog, all breads of dogs came from the DNA of those two saved dogs. All the seemingly unlimited number of species of animals would have come from these limited number of kinds. Noah could have indeed fit every animal according to their kinds, with enough room on the Ark. A lack of real study of the Bible has caused much confusion in the world.

    But on the science side of things, a real thinker can realize that there are quite too many variables involved in the evolution of life. The simplest improbable, and actually mathematically impossible argument is that of DNA forming over time. DNA self replicates and is comprised of several working parts that literally are like a factory assembly line. The idea that this nano factory came into existence by chance is ludicrous. For DNA to even exist on it's own is impossible, but even more impossible is for it to, by chance, acquire the assembly line "tools" then perfectly align those tools to replicate itself. For those that are doubtful, do a search for pics and diagrams of "DNA Replication". Even if you already have seem it, take a second look. See how complex the formation of a double helix coil is. And for trillions of DNA to all get this right in one human body is even more astounding. Murphy's law would simply not allow for this to happen. There is all too much chaos for this to have developed by chance. Someone had to design it.

    This is just one example. You could go on and on with this, starting with the next level of impossibility, which is the formation of living cells, which is an even more complex factory, Replication doesn't come naturally in the universe. It's only found here on one planet. What are the odds of that?

    August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Since you're the authority of Scientific Method.....

      ... I guess this infallible "Murphy's Law," basically tosses the whole thing out the window then, huh?

      August 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • ViperGuy

      The point is, Murphy's law is about as infallible as the Theory of Evolution.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:08 am |
  19. IamWithBill

    I wouldn't care if religion would stay out of politics but it is in politics so I do care. Keep your religion at home!

    August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  20. The Oikos

    Good for Bill Nye! Someone needs to slap some sense into these creationist idiots!

    August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • ahren

      You Atheists are just as bad as religious zealots. I'm sure it won't be long before Atheists start to force you to believe in evolution at knifepoint.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
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