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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

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  1. Johnny

    Man some of these comments... have you seen that Futurama episode that deals with evolution... "I don't want to live on this planet anymore"

    August 28, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?

      I agree ... if you are on Farnsworth's side not Dr. Banjo's

      August 28, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Johnny

      Haha oh yeah I most definitely am. I am seriously in awe at this all.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  2. Country

    Gotta love the atheists, all I can say is "you'd better be right ! " . Just sayin ......

    August 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Country

      Look up "Pascal's Wager"

      Peace...

      August 28, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • badidea

      I can be plenty respectful of God without having to subscribe to the garbage that his loudest followers spout.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • Kirik

      Ah, more logical fallacy in the form of Pascal's Wager. Color me shocked.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:17 am |
  3. Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?

    If 10 is 2 to you then you are a robot. A mindless scrap machine with horrible programming who thinks that binary is a good defense for god.

    You are a joke.

    We have fossils, carbon dating, orgasms themselves as proof of evolution and you are using binary as some sort of psuedo-defense. Read your comment and see your idiocy.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • Mary

      Glad you are so smart and have no reason to question anything, like those who we certain the Earth was the center of universe.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?

      I actually meant to reply some idiot's comment.

      And did you just insult me by pointing out how bad religion has been in the past? Don't ever join a debate team.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  4. blinky

    If only the atheists on this board could hear themselves: didactic, condescending, arrogant. If your total picture is so airtight, why are you acting barbarically? I thought you were evolved.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Observer

      Blinky,

      The "elephant in the room" from Christians:

      Either do exactly as I say or you are such lowlife that you deserve to spend eternity in hell.

      Now talk about condescending.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?

      If proudly declaring the truth means we are better than you then go ahead and think that.

      But remember, you said that we're better than you not us.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • blinky

      Observer and Why, Both of you make leaps in logic (more than one) and right away assume I hold positions that I don't. You could hardly say you've been "proud," Why, you've been pompous and presumptuous about as far as you can go. You've gone out of your way to be personally, and needlessly, insulting to those who disagree with you. And I'm left wondering why you are compelled to resort to bullying tactics, if your overall position (not only about evolution) is secure and beyond reproach like you present it.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      Creationists have earned no respect on this issue whatsoever. If contempt bothers you, then so be it.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • Observer

      blinky

      Blinky,

      "Why, you've been pompous and presumptuous about as far as you can go. You've gone out of your way to be personally, and needlessly, insulting to those who disagree with you. And I'm left wondering why you are compelled to resort to bullying tactics"

      Please supply examples to try to prove you know what you are talking about.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Adolf

      This is for observer. the laws you consider condescending are to protect your fellow man. If that is condescending to not want someone killed, robbed, etc..that I'm happy with that. There are too many that believe they can do what ever they want, when ever they want, no matter how many people they hurt.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:20 am |
  5. eadamse

    The only evolution I don't believe in is the evolution of our country's people, our codes of conduct, and what has become of political discourse therein. This nation is so broken... the core values of being a republican has become the so called moral majority which apparently means that all good people and american's have to be christians. Instead of looking for compromises we'd rather paint each other's parties red and stagnate any reform at all. Look at where we are in the global math and science testing and tell me that having standardized education doesn't produce results. And social reform makes the U.S. socialists like europe... oh no that would be terrible... children excelling in science and math again, and everyone having jobs which... get this... means more people spending money!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  6. MCFx

    Yet, if I believe in string theory, or alternate realities, or alternate universes I'm considered an intellect, Back during the Renaissance period they believed the same thing as Mr. Nye here. Societies that have removed God from their culture because they have become TOO intellectual have come to ruin all too often. The irony is that every generation considers their current level of knowledge as the pinnacle of human achievement. If we go back to the texts that Bill Nye learned from in elementary, middle school, high school and even college, we would chuckle at the theories and assumptions that were made then yet considered rock solid science. Ha! Saturn had only three rings, no life existed at the dark bottom sea floor, the expansion of the universe was slowing! 50 years from now, my grandchildren's generation will collectively chuckle at the theories and assumptions that Bill Nye peddles today. Yet, my grandchildren will still believe that my God created the Universe and not only began the miracle of life on earth but separately created mankind to rule the earth. Just as my grandparents believed 50 years ago before me. And as my fellow billions of believers have done for eons before that.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • sqeptiq

      So what you're saying is that science is capable of change and growth with new information but religion is not. Surrender accepted!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • 13Monkees

      So...because you will teach your children that a woman can be enticed by a talking snake into eating a magical fruit thereby bringing about the fall of all mankind (which at the time there were only two) that will mean that god exists? Because science learns and adapts to new discoveries it is wrong? I sincerely do not get your point here. The major difference between accepting a scientific explanation and a religious one is evidence. Science produces evidence to back up their claims. Christians have none.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:55 am |
    • Athy

      How can you consider yourself an intellectual and still believe in 2000-year-old mythology? Sounds like you are thoroughly "biblewashed" to me.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • Kirik

      "Societies that have removed God from their culture because they have become TOO intellectual have come to ruin all too often."

      Yawn...correlation doesn't equal causation.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  7. Mark

    Rob it doesn't mean that Bill Nye can tell us to make our children go the other way either.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • donna

      Do you think he should be arrested for saying this? He has every right to express his views. Is anyone strapping you or your kids to a chair and forcing you to watch him?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:29 am |
  8. donna

    Anyone who advocates teaching the Christian Creation Story as a scientific theory would be hypocritical not to support teaching every other Creation Story as a possible theory.

    Not only is it a slap in the face to rational thought to advocate teaching Christian Creationism, but it's a blatant attempt at forcing one specific religion on the population. Unless you are a hypocrite, it's all or none. How is that science class going to look?

    August 28, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • Mark

      Exactly my point. Up until now no one has heard me on here saying "You must believe in God and tell your kids not to believe in science" but Bill Nye is telling us to tell our kids that creationism is wrong. That's a hypocrite.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • donna

      That's not being hypocritical of him. He's consistently advocating evidence and scientific knowledge. CONSISTENTLY- that is the opposite of hypocritical.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      I love the scortched earth tactics people like Mark use. If he can't his way, then me must all throw judgement to the wind. Creation science is deceit, no more and no less.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  9. Country

    Gotta love the atheists, well guys and gals, you'd better be right ! Just sayin.....

    August 28, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • Allah

      Did you choose right? If it's me, you're in a world of trouble. Just saying . . .

      August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • tallulah13

      Well, I can't help but think that since there's not a shred of evidence to support the existence of any god, we're in pretty good shape. For the life of me, I can't find the benefit in worshiping in a god. Literally thousands of them have been worshiped throughout human history, so if one does exist, there's no telling which one it is. Hope you picked the right one. Just saying....

      August 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • I think its best

      to leave them alone. They like to cut with words and that makes them think they have won something.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  10. Mark

    You are exactly right and I admit that I was wrong. I didn't mean the National Anthem but I said it and I was wrong. I meant the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone is so hell bent on proving everyone else wrong though so it is what it is. I screwed up. That being said, I don't recall the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance or the Star Spangled Banner ever mentioning dinosaurs or the big bang theory or the theory of evolution. Why? Because this country was founded on Christian principals. These beliefs were here long before any of us here were and never questioned as much as they are now with the technology that we have now. "It's on the internet and on the news so it must be true" because that's what this generation has grown up to believe and you can't say that's not true. Go ask a 12/13 yr. old girl or boy.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • Observer

      Mark,

      Words NEVER mentioned in our Declaration of Independence and Const-itution:

      God
      Jesus
      Christ
      Christian
      Bible

      August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Cq

      By "creator" which of the hundreds of creator gods from around the world do you think they meant? Is there any evidence to suggest one over the other? If not, what actual "science" does Intelligent Design actually do?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • tallulah13

      The words "under god" were not added to the pledge of allegiance until 1954. It was a reaction to the cold war. The founding fathers probably turned over in their graves.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • chazkelly

      "under god" was added to Pledge of Allegiance by Congress in 1954. Francis Bellamy created the Pledge in its pure form and protested the first change: "....of the United States of America". And according to his grandaughter would have resented any further or additional changes also, since he believed what he wrote was just fine the way it was. Also, isn't it utter blasphemy in Christianity to pledge allegiance to anything but God?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • ABMiller

      The Declaration DOES say God. Go read it, your ignoramus.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • chazkelly

      Yes. It says, "Nature's God". Not Yahweh, or the God of Abraham or Jesus. Nature's God. Seems deliberate since most of the founding father's were Deists, which is to say that they believed that the Universe had a creator, but NOT the God of the Bible. Care to try again?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • ABMiller

      Why try again. You're a bigot. Nature's God who created the earth and gave man his rights. Who was that God? What was that God? You try again ... genius.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • chazkelly

      The 1796 Treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was "not in any sense founded on the Christian religion" (see the image on the right). This was not an idle statement meant to satisfy muslims– they believed it and meant it. This treaty was written under the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams. Look it up.....genius.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • ABMiller

      Besides, chazkelly, the point is the author lied. LIED. LIED. He said the DofI didn't say the word "God" and in point of fact it does. It's called dishonesty. And there's usually a motive behind it. Now you want to nit-pick. Because your buddy was caught in a bald-faced lie. Go ahead. Rationalize. Justify. Just proves how silly you "intellects" really are. Ciao, liar.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • ABMiller

      Read Madison and his statement on the success of this nation being founded on the Ten Commandments (guess where they come from...), and read Franklin's statement on the New Testament (guess what religion that comes from...), and Washington's proclamation on Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Prayer and the "Year of our Lord..." (guess what Lord that religion is referring to...). Grow up. Read up. Wise up.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • chazkelly

      Sorry, he's not my "buddy". I seriously doubt that he lied intentionally, though it is possible, but doubtful since anyone can easily look it up. It's more likely that he either didn't know or made a simple mistake. Which proves nothing more than that the "author" is either careless or ignorant to that one fact. It definitely doesn't imply any maliscious intent, as your paranoid post seems to imply. Your post does show everyone here how desperate YOU are to point fingers and call names when you're losing an argument.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • ABMiller

      Fine. Don't read up. Stay ignorant and arrogant.

      Now go attack some Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus, you brave brave soul.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:29 am |
  11. Jim

    Wow, these evolutionist claim they are the smart ones. Yet, they are saying things that are false and making themselves look ignorant. They also seem very close minded and think that evolution is the only way, without God. And the people that believe in God, also are open to evolution, and know more about science then the people that just claim they do. Not all scientist are atheist. And not all atheist are scientist. Yes, 1+1=2; But, 1+1=10 is also true. There is 10 types of people in the wold, those that understand binary and those that don't. For those that don't get it, 10 is 2 in binary.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • donna

      What babbling! What do you think your description of binary means? Please explain it in great detail so that we can understand.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?

      If 10 is 2 to you then you are a robot. A mindless scrap machine with horrible programming who thinks that binary is a good defense for god.

      You are a joke.

      We have fossils, carbon dating, orgasms themselves as proof of evolution and you are using binary as some sort of psuedo-defense. Read your comment and see you idiocy.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • tallulah13

      Not really, Jim. You have simply chosen what you want to believe, facts be damned. It doesn't make you special. It just makes you look like a fool.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  12. wj

    God recreated the earth in 6 days. There were eons of time on earth before this. God is eternal. The phrase should say that in a few centuries, the only worldview will be God's view.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • BJ

      Recreated? He had created it before, and this is a do-over?

      Care to supply the evidence supporting your little brainstorm?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • thinksense1

      Genesis 1-2 causes confusion for a lot of people. There is no specification of how much time elapsed between the two verses. It a way it seems like there was a pause put in there. It could possibly be that's when the rebellion of Lucifier happened since we read in revelation that he fell like lightning. It could have had an impact, who knows. =D

      August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • b4bigbang

      wj is referring to the 'gap theory'. This teaches that there's a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Some say that this could explain the idea that the universe is old and keep the Genesis account intact.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Cq

      But how do you KNOW this? Because it was written in a book? Supposedly, it was a story handed down by Moses, right? Do you believe in every creation story that some guy told sometime in history? No, you have to take a leap of faith that the Bible is what it claims to be, the word of God, after first taking the leap of faith that there actually is a God, which you would only have learned about from the Bible. This is circular thinking, right?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • b4bigbang

      Cq

      But how do you KNOW this? Because it was written in a book? Supposedly, it was a story handed down by Moses, right? Do you believe in every creation story that some guy told sometime in history? No, you have to take a leap of faith that the Bible is what it claims to be, the word of God, after first taking the leap of faith that there actually is a God, which you would only have learned about from the Bible. This is circular thinking, right?

      Genesis is only one book of the Bible. There are many (66 i think) books in the Bible, and these were written over a period of thousands of years. This reminds me of the scientific idea of gathering of evidence from many sources, writing them down, diseminating them for others to review and then combining them into one encyclopedia.

      Speaking of scientific method, many of the events recorded in these books were repeated over the years by others and added to the collection.

      The only significant difference between the evolution of Scripture and the evolution of science in this vein is that science is repeatable at the will of the scientist whereas the Bible events are repeatable at the will of the Creator.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:42 am |
  13. Think about this

    Can anyone who believe in evolution explain the 1st step to the 1000th steps of the evolution process of becoming a person? I bet they fail on the 1st step, and the 2nd step. and the 3rd step....and on and on. What is so scientific about not being able to explain the process starting from the first step? It takes more faith to believe in evolution than a Creator God.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • That's not thinking

      It takes more faith to believe in something that has an enormous mountain of evidence supporting it than it does to believe in something that does not have even the tiniest shred of evidence supporting it?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Cq

      What do you mean by the "first step"?

      Also, evolution science has been used to predict new fossil discoveries and create effective medicines, amongst other things. It's been proven to "work", which creates confidence in it's validity. Confidence in something because it works is not faith.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?

      What the hell are you talking about? You are claiming that evolution is simple enough for one single person to explain every single link. Are you insane? Do you think that life is so simple that in a day it can just spontaneous form? We may not know all the steps but we know enough (most of them) to be able to say that our path is going in the right direction. Your belief doesn't even have any steps. It is just a bottomless chasm of ignorance.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Think about this

      "What do you mean by the "first step"? The first step from absolutey nothing! try it! Don't dance around the question now!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • H Bomb

      Cq is right. You should really do some research before making a challenge like this. Scientists can use evolution to predict outcomes of new research. It's generally very complicated stuff and difficult to give examples as none of us are in the field, but it happens every day. Just like scientists made calculations based on the notion of atoms for decades even though we actually were never able to prove they existed until this year when a camera could finally take a picture of one. If the atom didn't exist, the piles of research based upon it wouldn't have worked out. Same with evolution.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • Lance

      What most people are missing in this debate is that evolution does not address the origin of the universe. It only covers the origin of life. Evolution does not cover the origin of the building blocks of life – the creation of, or "poof into existence" of, the universe.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • donna

      If you're serious, read Dawkins' "The Blind Watchmaker."

      August 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Lance

      I think you may be mixing your sciences. Differences in "Evolutionary Biology" and "Cosmology."

      Peace...

      August 28, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Lance

      @therealpeacetoall

      Nope, you're making my exact point. I was pointing out to others the very same thing: Evolution is not the science of the origin of the universe.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:29 am |
  14. Intolerance

    The Taliban would like to remove your head for you if you teach your children wrong. Yes....this is the severist most ignorant form of human brotherhood......but Bill Nye, is taking the first step towards his goal, and the goal of many athiest activist....take the rights away from God believers...because......a hundred reasons..........children will be hurt, holds back our country yada yada.......be careful who you get suckered in by as you travel these few years we are given on this earth.......allow your brother to be your brother.....allow him to chose for his life and family........never cross the line of 'knowing better.' This is where the greatest atrocities of human kind have spawned from.........be it from religious intolerance or the current intolerance of religion.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Larry

      Im supposed to do what teach my children that theres an invisible man in the sky nobody can prove ever existed? Its a ploy that was used to try and get people to be good help others and show them love and compassion which was then perverted by organized religion to control people and teach hate.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • donna

      You want to teach a single religion's creation story as scientific theory, and you think that's not going down that road? Why only teach the Christian version? Why not all?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • tallulah13

      Poor "Intolerance". All he or she wants is to destroy their child's future by teaching them supersti.tion instead of science. A decent job with room for advancement is just too hoity-toity for the likes of "Intolerance".

      Making waffle fries at Chick-fil-a is good enough of "Intolerance", so it's good enough for "Intolerance's" kids.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  15. RD

    Wow! Unbelievable isn't it. Is there any topic that lights a fire more than the existence of and/or the non-existence of God? Libraries have been filled with treatises proving beyond a shadow of doubt that God exists or doesn't. Wars have been waged over the centuries. Millions of lives have been forfeited. For what? You don't believe in my God? I'll kill you. You believe in God? I'll kill you. We can debate this topic until the Sun expires, but no one, and I repeat no one, will absolutely know until the precise moment of their death. If there is no God. If there is no afterlife, you won't really know because you won't exist. End of story. No thoughts. No dreams. No I told you so. Just dust. Bingo. The big dirt nap. If God does exist in whatever format then you'll know the meaning and purpose of life and life eternal. It's really not that complicated. Just choose. Be content with your choice and let bygones be bygones. A person who believes in the existence of God believes as a matter of faith. An atheist believes (interestingly enough) that God doesn't exist because we can't prove that he exists and that he doesn't exist. I've found it interesting that many of those same atheists raise their children with the concept that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Toooth Fairy also exist., at least for a portion of their children's lives. After all , we can't prove that they don't exist. Some day we will all know. Or some day we won't know. Until that point in time, eat, drink and be merry. For me. I choose to believe in God. No. I take that back, I know there is a God. My choice. Place your bets. Want to read a really scary description of Hell? It's not in the Bible. It's in Portrait of an Artist. Read and weep my fellow non-believers. Eternity is a very, very long time.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Laura

      Wars have been waged? Yeah, believers against believers, over disputes between their beliefs.

      Atheists don't wage wars, they try to explain thing via the scientific method, not kill all the people who think differently than they do. Atheists and scientists prefer mountains of evidence submitted to scrutiny and peer-review. Jihad/crusade that.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • tallulah13

      You mistake atheism with lack of imagination or sense of whimsey. Even atheists like to see their children have fun, so why not Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. There really isn't much religion involved in that trio, just a lot of commercial nonsense that children enjoy.

      It's swell that you've chosen to believe in god. Personally, I can't, because there is no logical reason to believe in something for which there is no proof. And I can't understand why you believe that any reasonably intelligent adult would be frightened into believing in your god by reading a fictional account of "hell."

      If you want people to believe in god, provide verifiable evidence. No one has provided any yet.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  16. H Bomb

    This is not a religious debate. It's a scientific debate. Science is based on evidence. Religion is based on faith. The two are unrelated. I wish Christians would stop taking the bait of trying to argue against science. Science is provable and faith is not.

    Christians would benefit from reading their own bible and realizing that they don't have to have all the answers. It's okay to believe in creationism while at the same time accepting what is proven. When you dive into this fight against facts, you just make yourself look ignorant, and give atheists a field day.

    I'm not religious, but I have no ill will against those who are. But when I see Christians constantly denying scientific facts because they decided to believe in an interpretation of the Bible that contradicts it, I lose respect.

    Just like science is falsifiable, so can your faith be, and it doesn't have to mean that you're not faithful. When evolution becomes fact, you don't have to be against it, you can realize your interpretation of certain parts of the bible wasn't accurate and study it some more.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • thinksense1

      From what I've read in the bible there's plenty of science in it. Early scientific principles that still hold true today are mentioned quite often. I know that science is real and I believe in the fine-tuned universe theory as well.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • H Bomb

      None of the people replying tonight are experts at anything......most have minimal college degrees or a doctorate in an unrelated subject. Because the people of faith see logic in creation and see the hand of God in nature, and the athiest see the carbon dating and recent research as valuable.........doesn't justify what Bill Nye said.........he was not just expressing his opinion........he was taking the next step of a public figure looking to SILENCE those of faith and to interfere with the family's rights and trust.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Real H Bomb

      Hah. The reply above me is someone else using my name. Lame.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • donna

      Evolution is currently a factually occurring, directly observable process.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • RF

      Yes Science is based on evidence – current evidence. Several hundred years ago "scientific evidence" supported the idea that the earth was flat and that the earth was the center of the universe. As we learn and understand more, the more "scientific evidence" changes to fact. Forty years ago "scientific evidence" supported that the earth was going through the next Ice Age. Now "scientific evidence" says we are facing global warming. Fifty years ago every student in the world knew that there were 9 planets in our solar system. Now we are told that Pluto isn't really a planet. Regardless of how many scientific "facts" we know, many of them will change in the coming decades. It would surprise and shock most people to hear the number of reputable scientists who no longer believe in evolution but in Creationism or Intelligent Design. We must always remember that scientific fact only applies to today's science. Imagine what we will discover tomorrow? Just because God cannot be proven by science does not mean He doesn't exist. Being open-minded should go both ways.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  17. Steve s

    Truthfully?
    I have NO idea whether GOD exists or not?
    But I would never let a child grow up in ignorance.
    Worship the Holy Ghost, or sacrifice a live chicken to the Devil.....it's your choice.
    But let children grow up in the modern world.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • DrBob66

      Well said, amen.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  18. Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?

    Hate to break it to those of you who believe in God, but all the really smart people know it and I'm going to say it:

    GOD DOESN"T EXIST

    STOP HOLDING MANKIND BACK WITH YOUR STUPID IRRATIONAL BELIEFS

    The Bible, a stupid book of unknown origin and certainly little reliability, is not a reputable source of evidence.

    Evolution is backed by science which actually deals with the world we live in.

    Why do only very few people see how pathetic it is believe in a religion? Religion is just people trying to explain their problems in some ignorant way while at the same time trying to become "part of something bigger:" a connection with some illogically omnipotent being.

    WAKE UP!

    Mankind knows way more about our universe now then ever before and it was still a stupid idea to believe in God thousands of years ago when we didn't know as much. I suggest that everyone who believes in God should stop blindly following the beliefs of the uneducated people of the past and really really think about what makes the most sense:

    That if it ain't backed by science it's not true! Evolution is backed by science. Creationism is backed by idiots.

    And PLEASE stop bringing gravity into this. That's just grasping for straws.

    And look up carbon dating: the best proof we have that you could easily understand.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • b4bigbang

      Whyaresomanypeoplestupid?: "Hate to break it to those of you who believe in God, but all the really smart people know it and I'm going to say it: GOD DOESN"T EXIST"

      This is an example of the logic fallacy known as the 'argument from ignorance'.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  19. I know this is mean...

    But being a big sissy with a giant bow tie isn't good for our kids either. Either way, I think God and science are a great match, He is, after all, The greatest Scientist.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • Tiffany Epiphany

      God is a lousy scientist. He cannot even prove the HE exists!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • putty

      Yep. Because it was God, not scientists, who eradicated polio, developed vaccines and antibiotics, developed treatments for cancers that were previously a death sentence, invented the airplane and the computer . . .

      August 28, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • I know this is mean...

      Wow...you both missed my point all together. Why are you folks so mad?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • Invisible Sky Man Herp Derp

      As opposed to a pedophile in a priest's robe? Let the personal attacks continue...

      August 28, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • I know this is mean...

      Oh and Tiffany, He proves He exists to me... every day.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • DrBob66

      Name calling always makes you look mature and strengthen your argument.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • Mirror Mirror

      You call yourself "I know this is mean . . .", you call people who don't agree with you "sissys", and you think the other people are angry?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • I know this is mean...

      No....who said I didn't agree with him. I said I think science and God are a good match....I like the guy, I just couldn't pass up the evil evil joke I made. Hang me fellas.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • JackBear24

      Love the :big sissy" part. Explains a lot about why the states with the weakest education systems are the most vulnerable to Scientol...er I mean...Christianity. Sorry. I get my alien overlords mixed up.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • Laura

      Bill Nye is a bigger, tougher man that many of the narrow-minded neanderthals with male genitalia in this country.

      Bow tie? He doesn't need to accent the length of his manhood with a silly get-caught-in-a-machine tie. He's busy explaining the world to growing minds in a country that's falling way behind the world in technological education.

      Man up, listen up, and learn something from Bill Nye.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  20. Seethrough

    Atheism is a terrible religion.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Manda

      Yeah, that's one of the reasons it's not one.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:58 am |
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