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Creationists hit back at Bill Nye with their own video
"The idea of deep time ... explains so much of the world around us," Bill Nye said in the viral video.
August 31st, 2012
04:34 PM ET

Creationists hit back at Bill Nye with their own video

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Bill Nye's viral YouTube video pleading with parents not to teach their children to deny evolution has spawned an online life of its own, with prominent creationists hitting back against the popular TV host.

"Time is Nye for a Rebuttal," Ken Ham the CEO of Answers in Genesis writes on his website. Answers in Genesis is the Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Nye's criticism of creationism went viral earlier this week, after being posted last Thursday.

"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," Nye says in his Big Think video, which has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

Ham writes that Nye is joining in with other evolutionists who say teaching children to deny evolution is a form of "child abuse." That idea comes in part from the atheist scientist Richard Dawkins, who in his book "The God Delusion" argues against exposing children to religion before they are old enough to fully understand it.

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"At AiG and the Creation Museum, we teach children and adults the truth concerning who they are in the Creator’s eyes — and where they came from," Ham writes. "We tell people that they do have purpose and meaning in life and that they were created for a purpose. "No, we are not just evolved animals as Nye believes; we are all made in the image of God."

Ham is the public face of a group that academics call Young Earth Creationists, though they prefer to be called Biblical Creationists. They believe in a literal interpretation of the creation account in the book of Genesis found in the Bible.

The Creation Museum also produced its own rebuttal video on YouTube that features two of their staff scientists, both Ph.Ds, David Menton and Georgia Purdom.

"[Nye] might be interested to know I also teach my young daughter about evolution and I know many Christian parents who do the same," Purdom says in the video. "Children should be exposed to both ideas concerning our past."

For the past 30 years, one popular method for Creationists to advance their cause has been to make an equal-time argument,with Creationism taught alongside evolution. In the late 1980s, some state legislatures passed bills that promoted the idea of a balanced treatment of both ideas in the classroom.

In 1987, the issue made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where a Louisiana "equal-time law" was struck down. The court ruled that teaching creationism in public school class rooms was a violation of the Establishment Cause in the Constitution, which is commonly referred to as the separation of church and state.

A key point between most scientists and many creationists is the timing for the origin of the world.

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Nye's argument falls in line with the vast majority of scientists, who date the age of the earth as 4.5 billion years old and the universe as 14.5 billion years old.

"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 says in his viral video.

Young Earth Creationists say the weeklong account of God creating the earth and everything in it represents six 24-hour periods (plus one day of rest) and date the age of the earth between 6,000 and 10,000 years.

"Yes we see fossils and distant stars, but the history on how they got there really depends on our worldview," Purdom says in the museum's rebuttal. "Do we start with man's ideas, who wasn't here during man's supposed billions of years of earth history or do we start with the Bible, the written revelation of the eyewitness account of the eternal God who created it all?"

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Polling from Gallup has shown for the past 30 years that between 40-46% of the survey respondents believe in Creationism, that God created humans and the world in the past 10,000 years.

The most recent poll showed belief in atheistic evolution was on the rise at 16%, nearly double what it had been in previous years. The poll also found 32% of respondents believe in evolution guided by God.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Creationism • Science

soundoff (5,973 Responses)
  1. Mtmcg

    You Christians are such a joke. What makes you god better than any other peoples god. The way I see it is that you Christians have a long history of half truths surrounding you faith. Let's be honest, the bible was written to try and unite people and bring order to the land. They stole ideas from the prominent pagan faiths at the time and incorporated them into the book. In my opinion any book that plagiarizes and is filled with lies cannot be taken seriously. If you want to live your life by some fictional book, that's fine with me. But do not try and teach this to my children in a public school. I do not mean to offend anyone who is religious, but you have to realize that you are offending people when you try and force this old book assembled by the politics of that time, down other peoples throats. Because, we all know that politians NEVER have a hidden agenda.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • my question to you

      so if the half truths are what bother you then you must also reject the theory of evloution who has been caught time and again showing "missing linke" that are either frauds or sloths

      September 1, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • kormallain

      Name them please!

      September 1, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • kormallain

      What missing linkes? What are you blabbing about?

      September 1, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      LOL, genetics, moron, and EVERY single lifeform that ever existed is a part of evolution and potentially a "missing link." You might want to understand what it is your disagreeing with if you want to be taken more seriously.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • my question to you

      @kkormalilon

      sure here are two nebraska man and ida need more

      September 1, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Eric

      Mtmcg
      You mean real.. Our God is real.. that is the difference.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • kormallain

      http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17173-why-ida-fossil-is-not-the-missing-link.html

      September 1, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • kormallain

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebraska_Man read please!

      September 1, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • kormallain

      Sure Eric, can you prove it?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Eric

      Lets take 3 big modern belief systems

      The 1st Islam. Mohamad claims an encounter with an angel is what sparked him. I believe that can be true.. Problem demons are also angels( here comes some hate tward me).. Mormonism the same thing for Joesoph Smith.

      Many eastern beliefs do not have a deit ity

      Christianity, Jesus says HE IS THE CHRI ST. No other religon claims that.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  2. 2tor

    "In the beginning..."

    As soon as you can explain that one, you'll win hearts and minds alike. Till then it's wasted breath.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • my question to you

      ... is the start of time, of which God is outside of because he created it

      September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • kormallain

      And who, or what created him?

      September 1, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • my question to you

      @kormalion no one

      September 1, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • kormallain

      That is some what contrary to logic, If something exists, it had to be created, or evolve somehow.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  3. flowney

    This equal time idea could get out of hand. Why stop at the Christian creation myth? There are many more from just about every human culture that ever existed. There won't be much time for arithmetic, spelling, science etc. The whole curriculum will be absorbed by giving equal time to all of these mythologies.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  4. Colin

    10 Commandments every child should be taught.

    I. DO NOT believe something just because it is comforting, easy or popular. Any such trait should make you more skeptical of the belief, not less.

    II. DO NOT accept it when a priest, rabbi or minister tells you it is “good” to have faith and wrong to question, doubt and think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars want to prohibit you from looking under the hood.

    III. DO question whether the faith you were taught is the “one true” faith. Does it really make sense that all other faiths all over the World got it wrong, or is it more likely that we all believe what we do simply because of where we were born?

    IV. DO understand science and natural history. Take the time to know the age, size and history of the Universe and planet Earth so you can evaluate yourself the claim that a benevolent creator is behind the whole thing.

    V. DO NOT accept the explanation “God moves in mysterious ways” “we cannot know God’s mind” or “God is outside the Universe” when confronted with a flaw or contradiction in your faith. A retreat to mysticism is the first refuge of the cornered fool.

    VI. DO look at matters from the other side. You probably think it is highly unlikely that the World was created by the Lord Shiva from chaos or by the Aboriginal snake God during the dreamtime. Is six days and a talking snake all that different?

    VII. DO read the history of religions a little about the “historical Jesus” and comparative religions. You might be surprised how obvious it is that your belief is not special, true or divine.

    VIII. DO NOT equate religion with morality. One can be moral without believing in the supernatural. It is not immoral or wrong to abandon your faith if it starts to crumble when questioned.

    IX. DO have the emotional courage to confront the uncertainties of life and the certainty of death without hiding behind centuries old mythology. Facing life with courage is quite liberating.

    X. DO NOT give any religious leader, be he Mormon, Catholic, Evangelistic or otherwise any money. Even worse, do not give them your capacity for independent thought.

    If we taught our kids how to think and not what to think, garbage like intelligent design would be quickly dismissed by them of their own accord. We would not have to protect them from it.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • nope

      @colin
      nope

      September 1, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • ....

      REPEAT BULL SH IT ALERT

      September 1, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • GoldenChild

      Everyone has a list of things of things I need to know.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • my question to you

      so using your 10 #1 states you should not believe the theory of evolution, there are no facts yet to say that ii is more then a theory.

      You do know it was the science of the age that said the earth was flat

      September 1, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • kormallain

      The fact that you are not a carbon copy of one of your parents is proof of evolution. And the sciences proved the earth is round a long time ago. It was Religious Dogma, which suppresed it. ( Copernicus, Galileo Galilei etc)

      September 1, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • my question to you

      @kormailion the fact that you are not a carbon copy is proof of micro evolution yes I would agree. Micro evolution are changes within a species happens all the time

      Macro evolution what most people here are speaking about is changing from one species to another a dog to a horse, a slim to a man. None of these have ever been proven

      September 1, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • kormallain

      I hate to stoop down to 2nd grade science, but http://www.evolutionfaq.com/videos/transitional-fossils

      September 1, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • kormallain

      http://www.evolutionfaq.com/articles/five-proofs-evolution

      September 1, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • kormallain

      http://www.cracked.com/article_19213_7-animals-that-are-evolving-right-before-our-eyes.html

      September 1, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • kormallain

      God doesn't need us to protect him from proof of evolution. He certainly doesn't want us to lie in his defense. He can take care of himself.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  5. LakeRat1

    How can anyone say that the Bible is "the written revelation of the eyewitness account of the eternal God who created it all", and just take it as a fact. People can have "faith". There is nothing wrong with that. They can explore ideas of what our reality consists of. But those who take such a belief as absolute, and feel the need to control the education and behavior of others based on it, are simply whack jobs. These people think and act, just like the Taliban.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • my question to you

      but you take on faith what science tells you without studying to see if it is correct.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      my question to you: That's not faith...faith is defined as belief without evidence. Science provides substantial evidence that is always peer-reviewed and backed by numerous sources. There is no substantial evidence that is peer-reviewed for the biblical account.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • my question to you

      @truth prevails

      Really lets look

      Nebraska man peer reviewed misssing link later proven to be three teeth of a pig
      Ida peer reviewed missing link later proven to be a sloth

      everyone of the mssing link peer reviewed later proven to false so now what

      September 1, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      When I speak of peer-reviewed I speak of it based on ACTUAL Scientific evidence-studies that have met the Scientific Method...your points make no more sense than the creationist account!! In order for anything within the scientific community to be accepted it must meet a 99.0999% accuracy...that is not faith, that is fact. There are no facts to back creationism outside of the buybull.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  6. my question to you

    got to love these evolutionist don't have a missing link, just fake one up nobody will notice. Don't have any theory that does not get shot down by some other law of physics but yet you will call creationalist fools

    September 1, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • kormallain

      Name some of these theories,shot down by physics, you are talking about.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      What part of the creationist story holds true? That a god that can't be proven to exist magically did everything? You might not care that your belief is based on evidence but we do care and we don't want innocent minds being mislead with anything that is not based in reality.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • my question to you

      how about the fact that we always loose information as we move forward but yet evolution would require more DNA to be created against science.

      how about the theory of equlibrum you have galaxies that are hotter then others, the problem is the cooler galaxies are further away, how can this be

      September 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Topher

      TruthPrevails :-)

      Ah, like how realistic it is to think nothing somehow became something and then blew up and created order. Yeah, that's believable.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Topher: You know well that we do not take you seriously...you are the worst kind of christard...you being a born again just means you are more weak minded than the average adult christard. When are they taking you back to the asylum?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Topher: One more tiny thing...your argument is the god of gaps-I don't know therefore god did it...now who created your god?? The argument falls flat! Grow up or get back of the meds...it is time for you to join the 21st century!

      September 1, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I see the Gopher is lying again.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  7. caw

    If the bible is the source of absolute truth, then Adam and Eve's kids did an awful lot of incest as well as Noah's family. Now...exactly how do you feed a pair of ALL the animals in the world for forty days (much less fitting them in there? Guess we now know what happened to the unicorns :D

    September 1, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • my question to you

      again who says they where adult animals

      September 1, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Col B

      I find it interesting that this discussion always involves the "THEORY" of Evolution versus Creationism. Evolution has never been proven. It is a theory.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      "Theory" is the strongest term science uses because that best describes the dynamic, proven process put forth by a given theory. When some biologist discovers a previously unknown step in some genetic data or fossil, the theory adapts to accept that new data.

      Creationism is mythology. Saying "Invisible sky wizard chanted magic spellz" doesn't have any practical applications that you don't get from watching, say....The Little Mermaid.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Col B: Evolution is backed by numerous facts and evidence. If you are saying it is only a theory then you quite obviously do not understand what a theory is in science.

      "What "theory" means in ordinary speech?:
      The term "theory" means a very different thing when used in everyday conversation and in science. In our day to day speech, we often use "theory" to mean a guess or unsubstantiated idea about how something works (as in "I have a theory that gremlins are hiding my car keys").

      In science, we would call such a guess a hypothesis, not a theory. A hypothesis is a proposed explanation for an observation. In this case, I am proposing that the explanation for why I can't find my car keys is that gremlins are hiding them.*

      The distinction between the words "Theory" and "Hypothesis" is very important because in science "Theory" does not mean "guess". I repeat, "Theory" does not mean "guess".

      So, what does the word "theory" mean in science?
      According to the National Academies of Sciences, "some scientific explanations are so well established that no new evidence is likely to alter them. The explanation becomes a scientific theory. In everyday language a theory means a hunch or speculation. Not so in science. In science, the word theory refers to a comprehensive explanation of an important feature of nature supported by facts gathered over time. Theories also allow scientists to make predictions about as yet unobserved phenomena".

      People who don't understand this distinction sometimes dismiss ideas saying "it's just a theory" (this is very commonly used to suggest that evolution is just speculation, for example). But, when scientists speak of the theory of gravity or the theory of evolution, they don't mean that these are random untested ideas that someone came up with after too many beers. " (sourced from http://oregonstate.edu/instruction/bb317/scientifictheories.html)

      September 1, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  8. kormallain

    "for in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge." Galileo Galilei

    September 1, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 1, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Jesus Christ Son of God

      Yes, I pray you will one day have a brain and be able to understand that you, and only you, are responsible for whatever you do.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • chris hitchens

      @Jesus...
      with a handle like that how is it that you do not have a clue as to what prayer is?

      September 1, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  10. Rob

    Rational people all know that there is a much proof about evolution as there is about the earth being round... Still, it took these silly creationism believers hundreds of years to come to terms with that fact alone... Let these naive religious fools believe what they want.
    We all know they live in a make believe world, and they contradict themselves constantly, when they resort to "fact science" in order to make their lives better.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  11. edweird69

    I know that most Christians believe that God is a good and loving god, and wants people to do good things. I believe that most people want to do good things and behave morally. I also believe that many Christians haven’t really read the Bible, or just read certain passages in church. This is understandable, as the Bible is hard to read due to its archaic language and obscure references. Also many priests and preachers don’t like to read certain passages in the Bible because they present a message of hate not love.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  12. edweird69

    I know that most Christians believe that God is a good and loving god, and wants people to do good things. I believe that most people want to do good things and behave morally. I also believe that many Christians haven’t really read the Bible, or just read certain passages in church. This is understandable, as the Bible is hard to read due to its archaic language and obscure references. Also many priests and preachers don’t like to read certain passages in the Bible because they present a message of hate not love.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Topher

      I'd be curious to know what you think is hateful in the Bible. I agree that lots of Christians don't know what their own book says. Even I have a LOT to learn. But unfortunately most people think that doing good things somehow earns you a free ticket to Heaven when the Bible doesn't teach that at all. In fact, it says our good works are as filthy menstrual rags to God. We're that corrupt in comparison to a Holy God. But the good news is that all the work that needs to be done has already been accomplished ... Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, took the punishment you and I deserve when He died on the cross and defeated death by rising three days later. Our fine, if you will, has already been paid for. We are saved only by God's grace, not by works. So what we must do to receive this grace is repent (not just say you are sorry for your sins, but turn from them) and trust the Savior. Then you will be given a new heart with new desires (this is what is known as being born again) and you can know if you are going to Heaven when you die.

      I know that most Christians believe that God is a good and loving god, and wants people to do good things. I believe that most people want to do good things and behave morally. I also believe that many Christians haven’t really read the Bible, or just read certain passages in church. This is understandable, as the Bible is hard to read due to its archaic language and obscure references. Also many priests and preachers don’t like to read certain passages in the Bible because they present a message of hate not love.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      The most hateful thing in the bible is that its god built a torture pit to which he will send everyone who he doesn't approve of.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Topher

      Moby Schtick

      "The most hateful thing in the bible is that its god built a torture pit to which he will send everyone who he doesn't approve of."

      Hell isn't hateful, though it is just. If you've broken the laws why shouldn't you be punished for it? Besides, God loves you so much he took your punishment even though you continue to shake your fist at Him. That's sounds pretty loving to me. He doesn't wish ANY to perish.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      How is eternal torment and dwelling in a lake of fire not hateful?

      "If you've broken the laws why shouldn't you be punished for it?"
      It depends on the law.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Topher

      ME II

      "How is eternal torment and dwelling in a lake of fire not hateful?"

      I'd agree it is wrathful, but we deserve it.

      I"t depends on the law."

      Obviously the standard is the 10 Commandments.
      Have you ever murdered anyone? I bet you'd say no (at least I hope so), but do you know that Jesus said if you hate someone you are in danger of the judgment? He equates hate to murder in the heart.
      Have you ever committed adultery? Again, I hope not, but again Jesus said if you only look with lust you've committed adultery with that person in your heart.

      You see, that's how high God's standard is ... He even sees and will judge your thought-life. He requires moral perfection. Jesus said to be perfect like your father in Heaven is perfect. But none of us can be. We've all sinned. For instance, the Bible even says all liars (meaning it only requires one lie) will have their part in the lake of fire. That's why we need the Savior. And seeing none of us were worthy, God showed His love for us by taking our punishment.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      "I'd agree it is wrathful, but we deserve it. "
      I can't speak for you, but I can't think of anything I could possibly do that would make me deserve eternal torture.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Simran

      @Topher
      Do you believe that animals do not have a conscience? You stated this a few days ago and then disappeared on me?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Eric

      ME II
      the concept of eternal can not really be fathomed since time is limited to our universe but that is a different discussion.

      We all are unclean compaired to God Even Isaiah the prophet when he saw GOD said
      Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."

      We can not even begin to fully understand.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      "Obviously the standard is the 10 Commandments."
      Not obvious at all.
      I fail to see any reason to punish someone for coveting something. It may not be the best thing they could do, but they don't deserve punishment for it. The same goes for most of the commandments, with the possible exception of murder, stealing, and sometimes lying (as is normally the case in civil laws), and only then when the punishment is relative to the crime.
      The rest is "good advice" in some cases, and just silly in others.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • ME II

      @Eric,
      "We all are unclean compaired to God Even Isaiah the prophet when he saw GOD said"
      First, so why did God make us that way if he didn't want us that way.
      Second, so what if we are unclean? Do we punish the animals for being "unclean"? No.

      Why does God expect cleanness from us when he "created" us incapable of being clean?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Eric

      Because of our nature we can never be by our own actions. The only way is to accept Chris t. I have no idea why it is that way why God made us the way we are. It does not change the fact we are though. His plan is perfect we just can not see it completely.

      An example that we can begin to grasp would be to visualize a 4 dementional object... Kind hard well we cant really. God being much much greater how can we begin to comprehend. its not like God is an old guy with a long white beard that thinks as limited as we do.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Topher

      ME II

      "First, so why did God make us that way if he didn't want us that way."

      He didn't make us that way. We were created perfect. We chose to sin against God and thus sin entered the world. Corruption is our fault, not His.
      "Second, so what if we are unclean? Do we punish the animals for being "unclean"? No."
      Animals aren't "unclean."

      September 1, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Dementional"?

      Get an education, Eric.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      "We were created perfect. We chose to sin against God and thus sin entered the world."
      How can a perfect being make an imperfect choice? An imperfect choice, regardless of free will, implies an imperfect being. Would not a perfect being with free will, still make the perfect choice?

      "Corruption is our fault, not His."
      This is called blaming the victim, I think.

      Animals aren't "unclean."
      Great! Since we are animals, then we are "clean" and don't need to be punished. Awesome!

      September 1, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • ME II

      @Eric,
      "His plan is perfect we just can not see it completely."
      "God being much much greater how can we begin to comprehend."

      How exactly do you know his plan is perfect if you can't comprehend it? That's illogical.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Topher

      ME II

      You can be perfect and have free will. The existance of free will means you have a choice and can remain perfect until the wrong choice is made. But once that wrong choice is made, you are no longer perfect.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      Again, how can a perfect being, even one with free will, make an imperfect, or incorrect, choice?
      If they make a "wrong" choice then they obviously weren't perfect to begin with.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  13. Jesus Christ Son of God

    Don't you sheeple get it? I don't exist. There is no afterlife. Quit showing your lack of intelligence.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  14. shinden58

    Creationists are confusing faith with facts.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  15. Cedar rapids

    "Time is Nye for a Rebuttal," Ken Ham "

    Ken 'hear no, see no, speak no, sense' Ham reckons he can provide a rebuttal huh? too funny.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  16. ConfucianScholar

    I am a mechanical engineer, just like Bill Nye...anyways, it's time the thing start being called THE LAW OF EVOLUTION, just like we have a LAW OF GRAVITY. It is not called "the theory of gravity"

    September 1, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • ME II

      "Theory: In science, a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses."
      (http://ncse.com/evolution/education/definitions-fact-theory-law-scientific-work)
      It's got laws in it.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      I'm also a university grad with a BSc in engineering. The Law of Gravity is Newton's law of universal gravitation. It's a mathematical expression. Laws only apply to math and logic. The Theory of Gravity is part of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Evolution is a scientific model and Theory is as high as it gets. Models do not become laws just like atomic theory, cell theory...etc. The Theory of Evolution is built around no less than 5 laws. You're the same clown who said this in the previous article about Bill Nye. I seriously doubt your creditials or maybe you've just forgotten what you were taught.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  17. kormallain

    "I esteem myself happy to have as great an ally as you in my search for truth. I will read your work ... all the more willingly because I have for many years been a partisan of the Copernican view because it reveals to me the causes of many natural phenomena that are entirely incomprehensible in the light of the generally accepted hypothesis. To refute the latter I have collected many proofs, but I do not publish them, because I am deterred by the fate of our teacher Copernicus who, although he had won immortal fame with a few, was ridiculed and condemned by countless people (for very great is the number of the stupid)." Galileo Galilei

    September 1, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  18. Mick

    Creationists do God a disservice by ignoring the mountains of evidence supporting evolution. They would rather believe he snapped his fingers and magically created species instead of designing a wonderfully intricate system that allows flora and fauna to adapt to their changing environments via natural selection. It's a shame, because it seems like they don't realize that evolution in no way discredits God anymore than the Earth revolving around the Sun does. In my opinion, it paints a picture of much more clever and thoughtful God than one who just conjures creatures out of thin air.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • erik

      Don't tell us what we believe and how we believe it

      September 1, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • ME II

      @erik,
      Yes, don't let facts get in the way.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  19. saywaaat

    if bible is so true and the word of god,then why ignore the parts about stoning the adulterer and killing the children who do not obey??? i guess it is a just a matter of time till that happens.when the religious nut cases get power they show their true face .just remember dark ages,taliban,mollas in iran and those god fearing child molesting catholic priests.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • erik

      You are clueless and no nothing about the Bible so shut your mouth, gain some knowledge then run your mouth, wait a min, when you gain some knowledge you won't be able to run your mouth

      September 1, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Topher

      Ooh! Ooh! Pick me, pick me!
      The laws of the Old Testament can be broken down into three categories ... Moral laws, priestly laws and laws that were given for those people at that time. Under the New Covenant (with Jesus Christ) only the moral laws are still in play. You don't need the priestly laws because Jesus is our high priest and because we no longer sacrifice animals for the covering of sin as Christ's death was the ultimate sacrifice. The laws that were only for those specific people at that time (eating certain things, wearing of certain clothes) also have passed away. For instance, see the passage in Acts where Peter is told that we are allowed to eat whatever we want. We still have the moral laws (10 Commandments) because it demonstrates to us how we aren't perfect and thus need the Savior to forgive every one of us of our sins.

      Hope that helps. :)

      September 1, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      "The laws of the Old Testament can be broken down into three categories..."
      Where exactly does the Bible say this?

      September 1, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • happyprimate

      I agree with your comment. The more political power the religious get the uglier society becomes. Religious political power is oppressive and tyrannical, bigoted and hateful. History tells the tale well.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • urouttolunch

      @Topher,

      Thank you for neatly disposing of all this fuss over whether there is something unacceptable about being gay. Clearly, the Old Testament stuff is in your second category and can therefore be ignored. The New Testament doesn't indicate that Jesus had an opinion on the issue, and, while Paul apparently did, he was just a guy who got on the bandwagon a bit late, no family relationship with any deities.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Topher

      Actually, Jesus does comment on marriage.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  20. MatterOfFact

    the fact that there are Creationists proves that evolution does not exist because obviously these people have not evolved much at all in the last 2,000 years.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • JoeyE

      in evolutionist's eyes, they will not say it is 2000 years to evolve.. as their point of view.. last evolved human being was in 30,000 years.. so its not changing quickly.. as creationist's eyes.. we all human beings created by God and we will be the same person as thousand of years.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • ME II

      First, even 30000 years is not enough time.
      Second, Creationism is not an inheritable trait and therefore not influenced by evolution.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Brandon

      Joey evolution takes place every time a baby is made.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Tardo

      Learn some English. Then come come debate your issue.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:41 am |
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