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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. Rick777

    This guy looks like Dr. Kevorkian. They all have the same gaun look of death on their faces. Faith is a gift from God, and the world lacks it. Do not gve in to this walking corpse. To say that creationsts cannot become scientists or engineers is inaccurate. As a matter of fact, those who believe in the creator are the most passionate creators. He should study artists across the ages, from David to Michael Angelo.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      pretty judgmental coming from a Christian. What was that again? you shouldn't throw stones......

      August 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Spinster

      Wow. You are a fvcktard. Move to Iran or Afghanistan if you believe in ridiculous fairy tales. Zealot.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Longjourneyhome

      David is a statue.. it would be pretty impressive if he could create anything.. and I think you might have meant DaVinci..

      August 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Rick777,

      I'd say that his facial features are more along the lines of Abe Lincoln.... but who cares?!

      August 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  2. Locker

    Laugh if you believe in religion and believe the Garden of Eden was in Missouri (Mormons) then vote Romney!

    August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Babs

      I won't laugh or honk.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  3. delphin

    Bill Nye, no one is asking you to believe in God so don't offend those who do. The world's best scientists behind the technology we enjoy today, historically, had strong holy convictions. Why is it that in the 21st century it's suddenly uncool to have faith? Just as we are annoyed by preachers in uplifted trousers rubbing it in our faces, we are repulsed by your offensive and intrusive statements.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      If atheists make up less than 5% of the population, how exactly is faith "uncool?"

      August 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Actually, it should be the goal of every human to weed out ignorance in any form. Nye should be thanked for having the courage to shine the light of reason into the shadowy world of "faith" and fantasy.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • ReasonableXX

      Because in the 21 century we have facts and technology to see that god is unnecessary. The forefathers of science did not know what we now know but if they did, I would guarantee that not a single one would be a creationist. In their day you could be killed for question religion (unbelievably this still happens too often today) and there were no satisfying alternative options to explain the universe. We should not better nowadays.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Dave

      So, it doesn't matter what is true, just what offends people, right?

      August 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  4. Locker

    Laugh, now the religious nutbags are claiming that anyone who believes in evolution is an atheist. How about you just learn about science and try to understand rather than covering your ears, shoving your head into the sand and screaming "NANANANANA! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME! EVOLUTION IS A THEORY NOT A FACT LIKE THE BIBLE!" NANANANA!"

    August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Babs

      What in blazes is a nut bag? You're the second poser to mention it today.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Mark9988

      Nutbag is a generic, derogatory term for anyone who disagrees with one's position, especially when that position is based purely on opinion. It is most often used when the user doesn't want to consider the merits of the opposing viewpoint, and decides that name-calling is a better form of argument.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  5. Albert Einstein

    I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Albert Einstein

      I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Babs

      ...Then you had to go and ruin it...

      August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • jamesmcseattle

      Nobody cares what you believe. Coming onto to some message board to claim your disbelief does nothing for anybody.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  6. Outsider

    So if you believe that Adam and Eve really existed and they were the first two humans then...with whom did their offspring procreate.Eeeeewwwwww. But that would explain all the retards that believe in god.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • jamesmcseattle

      You are certainly an "outsider" to critical thinking, that is for sure. You show your ignorance by claiming that anyone who believes in "God" is ignorant.

      Many intellectuals far superior to you are "believers" – google it and keep your stupidity off of message boards.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Genesis has that answer

      "And Cain... went out into the land of Nod in the East of Eden. And Cain knew his wife."

      A paraphrase, but apparently somebody pulled off a second creation over there in the land of Nod...

      August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  7. Taco Hut

    Further proof that religious people are ruining society.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  8. Albert Einstein

    The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Babs

      Best concise comment of the day.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  9. Babs

    If you ever drop your keys in a river of molten lava – just let 'em go – 'cause man, they're gone....

    August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Russ

      Jack Handy at his best.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  10. Why so many?

    Religion has been a part of human psychology for hundreds of thousands of years. The question we the educated, the well informed must pose is not if their beliefs are factually accurate, that is a softball any of us can hit out of the park…….but why? Why do we as humans have this uncanny need for religion?

    August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      fear of death....fear of the unknown

      August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Adam

      I know who to ask: SCIENCE.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Xdoc

      Man, I was gonna say that. That's a simple question. Ding Ding Ding! and "religion; a way to control the weak minded" gets a cookie! Congrats :). Yea, people just are afraid to not know "everything". There are a couple of more reasons though:
      1. Children idoctrination.
      2. Needing a "friend" to push you forward in hard times.
      3. Peer pressure

      There may be more explanations, but they probably fall under the other 2 categories explained.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  11. paperwaster666

    a man at work the other day tried to convince me that jesus walked with dinosaurs. that people...and dinosaurs ..LIVED TOGETHER.
    i asked him where he got this information from and he said HE WAS TAUGHT THIS IN HIS SCHOOL.
    he also claims that the ice age didn't happen and that the earth is only a couple thousand years old.

    how embarrassing.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • BioHzrd

      Just look at the current curriculum in Louisiana and yes, they do teach that in some schools.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  12. Albert Eistein

    The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  13. ArthurP

    What Creationist fail to realize is that in order for Creationism to function God has to preform each and every chemical reaction himself. Which means I can make God do my bidding simply by taking a glass of vinegar and adding some baking soda to it I can make God come and preform the reaction that produces the CO2 for me.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  14. Why so many?

    test

    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
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      August 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  15. tonythecroat

    bottom line no fact to evolution help me understand where is it?

    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Babs

      Where what is?

      August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      time to get an education

      August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • MagicPanties

      bottom line, creationists have sadly been brainwashed

      If I say my invisible pink unicorn created the world it is just as valid.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  16. saggyroy

    Why don't the creationist types ever take on chemistry or physics? These 2 fields apply the same scientific methods as evolution to prove their theories.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • ArthurP

      Because in order to believe in Creationism you cannot accept the facts of chemistry and physics.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • saggyroy

      I'm asking why they don't bash those 2 fields with the vigor they do creationism.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • JT

      They don't bash those sciences because it does not threaten their religion/cult/delusions. The fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun was a direct threat to Christianity at one time until they just couldn't deny it any longer and now they try and pretend Gallileo was never persecuted for it and even try to take claim for the discovery and pretend that they misinterpreted the bible for centuries. Pathetic.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Scott

      I'm sure you would find many people who believe in a higher power in both of those fields...but I'm not doing your homework for you.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  17. Steve C.

    I believe! And I know that Falcao just made another point! That is 3 goles in this game! And we still have 35 mins to go! He is worth every million they pay him....now that is "god".

    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Babs

      Goals.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  18. Eddie

    If you believe in evolution, you must accept a portion of the population would believe in creationism. Whoever survive the last and their beliefs are the winners.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Ricky

      Or the end of the species if the morons win.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  19. Chris in WI

    "God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance."

    ~Neil deGrasse Tyson – Astrophysicist

    August 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  20. Bob Christian (aka: Christian Bob)

    * Below are a couple of extra FORMER hard-core atheists in addition to Lee Strobel (www.LeeStrobel.com):

    C. S. Lewis – Is an intellectual giant of the 20th century. “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Mere Christianity” are two well known books among his numerous publications. http://www.cslewis.com

    Josh McDowell – Is a Christian apologist, evangelist and writer. As a college student he was an agnostic who began to investigate the Christian faith to disprove it. He is author or co-author of 77 plus books. Josh McDowell’s “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” and many others can be purchased at book stores and online http://www.josh.org

    * What is the BOTTOMLINE? ANSWER: It takes FAR MORE faith to be an atheist than to be a Christian ANY DAY OF THE WEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Bob Christian (aka: Christian Bob)

      AMEN !!!

      August 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • on_teh_fence

      godisimaginary com

      August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Allen

      Did you just Amen yourself? Not talking about Atheism anyway, just the simple fact that evolution is true where the account that all life was created as is in its current form is false. Also the world is Billions of years old. That is true too.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Bob: " It takes FAR MORE faith to be an atheist than to be a Christian..."

      Nope.

      But even IF that WERE true, MORE faith is better, eh what?

      August 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • wrong

      you are wrong.
      totally.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • @Bob Christian (aka: Christian Bob)

      "AMEN!!"
      Haha you just outed yourself as a troll
      haha you forgot to change your username before replying to yourself
      haha you're a f'ing imbecile haha

      August 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
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