Your Take: 5 reactions to Bill Nye's creationism critique
Commenters were fired up about Bill Nye, creationism and evolution.
August 28th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Your Take: 5 reactions to Bill Nye's creationism critique

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Bill Nye does not think that children should be taught to deny evolution, and a YouTube video of him explaining why has gone viral. The CNN Belief Blog's report on the video has generated around 10,000 comments and thousands of Facebook shares since Monday.

There were some broad themes in the comments, reflecting a debate that is largely unique to the United States.

While Christianity is booming in Africa, Asia and Latin America, creationism is not, Penn State University religious studies professor Philip Jenkins writes in his book "The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South."

Here are five schools of reaction that have emerged in comments:

1. Those using this controversy to bash religion

Atheists love the Internet, as we've chronicled on the Belief Blog. While they may be a small portion of the population, they seem to make up about half our commenters.  It was their chance to join with Nye and cheer him on:

midwest rail:
"If you're watching 'The Flintstones' as if it were a documentary, you're doing it wrong."

2. Those who say wait a minute, being a creationist isn’t necessarily being anti-evolution

Lots of folks from the theistic evolution camp came out to say that believing God was involved doesn't automatically make you anti-evolution.

"As someone who is a born again Christian, (senior) mechanical engineer in the technology industry, and a firsthand witness of the risen Christ, I just want to say that Bill Nye is on the right track. It is understandable that both sides seem to be entrenched in their own position, but did anyone ever think that both are correct, and that the truth lies somewhere in the middle?"

"I believe in God, I believe in creationism and evolution. I think that we all came from one man and one woman (God created), and I think that the human race has evolved from this paring. I am a Christian and I love science, learning about our world, and I appreciate the contribution that science has made. But my soul/spirit also need God's love."

"FYI, 'Science Guy': One can believe in evolution and creation at the same time. They are not incongruent.

3. Those who say that science is stupid and that young Earth creationism rules

Young Earth creationists, who believe the Earth is about 6,000 years old, appeared to be out in force in the comments.

"As a creationist, why would I want to debate an evolutionist? It (is) all a matter of FAITH. You either believe, and have faith in, what Christians call 'THE WORD OF GOD' or not. No debate. TRUTH IS TRUTH WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

The people who perished in the Great Flood, in the Bible, didn't believe it was going to rain until it was too late. Better start knocking on the door of the ark before it closes."

"Creationism isn't even taught in public schools. Evolution is. So if you want your children to have Christian beliefs, then you really need to home-school them or find a good Christian school. Unfortunately not the other way around!

"It seems to me that evolution requires just as much faith as creationism. You're just putting your faith in our human powers of observation and believe that what we have thought up based on those observations is correct. We've got a few hundred years at best, of scientific observation, that has now told us that one giant, explosive, random event started a chain reaction that, over billions of years resulted in humans, and flowers, and viruses, and dinosaurs. The belief that the unfathomable intricacies of every living thing on our Earth formed themselves completely at random seems just as fantastical to me as believing in a creator."

4. Those who say Nye should stick to his area of expertise

This tweet was the most polite remark we could find on this subject. Other comments and tweets, not so much.

"Thanks Bill ... but leave the teaching of my children to me. ..."

[tweet https://twitter.com/watsup1101/status/240168918109523968%5D

5. Those who say CNN is cooking up controversy where none exists

Lots of people suggested we were generating a story instead of covering one.

Tony Montana:

"Another example of CNN's mostly one-sided reporting. No wonder Fox is (No.) 1. Hopefully CNN will put on both sides in the future if for no other reason than their ratings. Parts of the Bible are dated and contains metaphors. ***SCIENCE IS SIMPLY AN OBSERVATION OF GOD'S CREATION.*** Humans did not make the solar system, billions of stars in billions of galaxies. 'ET' didn't make the universe either. Even if 'ET' did what made 'ET.' "

For the record, plenty of other news outlets covered this story, pointing out that Nye's video was posted on YouTube just before the Republican National Convention opened.  Turns out that Nye taped the segment awhile back and had no say in when it would be released.

Thanks for chiming in. The comments are open here, and you can always hit us up on Twitter @CNNBelief.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Creationism

soundoff (2,811 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Besides the dinosaurs and other fossils in our evolutionary process:

    You might be part Neaderthal and for $99 actually find out:

    As per National Geographic's Genographic project:

    " DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who about 60,000 years ago began a remarkable journey. Follow the journey from them to you as written in your genes”.

    "Adam" is the common male ancestor of every living man. He lived in Africa some 60,000 years ago, which means that all humans lived in Africa at least at that time.

    Unlike his Biblical namesake, this Adam was not the only man alive in his era. Rather, he is unique because his descendents are the only ones to survive.

    It is important to note that Adam does not literally represent the first human. He is the coalescence point of all the genetic diversity."

    For your $99 and a DNA swab:

    "Included in the markers we will test for is a subset that scientists have recently determined to be from our hominin cousins, Neanderthals and the newly discovered Denisovans, who split from our lineage around 500,000 years ago. As modern humans were first migrating out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals and Denisovans were still alive and well in Eurasia. It seems that our ancestors met, leaving a small genetic trace of these ancient relatives in our DNA. With Geno 2.0, you will learn if you have any Neanderthal or Denisovan DNA in your genome."

    August 29, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    August 29, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  3. atheism is

    when captain kangaroo does your thinking for you

    August 29, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • WASP

      creationism is
      when you watch the flintstones as if it is a docu-mentary. ROFLMFAO!

      no seriously if you believe in creationism, then you are telling your children that the flintstones are real..............hey wait, betty was pretty hot. lmfao

      August 29, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      There's a way to prove if creationism is real. Mix cement in a pelican's beak. If it dies evolution is real, but if it makes a wisecrack creationism is real.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      becomes atheism

      August 29, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Jason

      Rational Libertarian: I don't get it...

      August 29, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Have you ever watched The Flinstones?

      August 29, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • TR6

      “when captain kangaroo does your thinking for you“

      Wrong! Captain Kangaroo has always made way more sense and been much more reasonable then most theists

      August 29, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  4. Simran


    This blog page has become insane since yday. When you come back in 2 hrs, one can't even find where they were debating earlier. So I am posting this independently.

    I dont think it would be appropriate to bring in the god gene, bcoz there is no sufficient evidence for that either. So I dont like to use it in any of my arguments.

    However, you still make your argument saying that "Concept of god has helped evolution whether I believe it or not" without providing any substance to support the same, pretty much like saying God exists whether you believe it or not.

    The topic of debate is WHETHER WE SHOULD INCLUDE CREATIONISM as alternative scientific theory. And I am yet to hear any solid argument from your side in its favor'.
    Let us review the points you make till now:

    1. Belief in god has helped us evolve. I ask – prove that. Pick history, pick politics, pick science, whatever you like.
    2. It has been the belief of the majority – My argument – Are we deciding by polling here? Please provide your counter-argument.
    3. Creationism has not been proven – you say that yourself. In fact, I didn't even go into the realm of god gene or god particle coz we do not know enough as yet. U bring them up and support my argument.

    Science is not threatening religion you see. Religion is just feeling threatened. Give sufficient evidence for creationism and I shall accept it. But if the evidence is – Hey we found a flaw in evolution (refer Cambrian explosion, u have not explained macro-evolution, complexity of DNA etc etc, and of course if you read at their site – THE BIGGEST EVIDENCE IS GOD TOLD US IN THE BIBLE!!!!) – I will call it insanity. I do not challenge religion. I challenge it's interference in science.
    Now why is it that no other religion seems to be worried about creationism???? Greek civilization was technologically far advanced than the people who wrote Bible. Hindus have a rich (though partially lost) heritage of the 4 Vedas and the Upanishads. They were so far advanced in every field including surgery and plastic surgery, and metaphysics. Now some divisions of Hinduism do not believe in creation and some believe in multiple gods. The Greeks believed in multiple gods too Why not accept that concept as well and incorporate it.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:06 am |
  5. KaT-A-TaT

    There are many atheists in other, more secular, countries than the U.S. It is common belief that disbelief in evolution is a U.S. cultural phenomenon.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Exactly. No other developed nation has this problem. In Europe, evolution acceptance is between 80-90% in most countries, with most of the remaining percentage being unsure rather than outright deniers. In the US, acceptance is 40%, while 20% are unsure. That means a whopping 40% of Americans are outright evolution deniers, which makes us only slightly better than Turkey, a country with a 98% Muslim population. To me it's inexplicable. Could somebody please tell me why so much of the population is retarded?

      August 29, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • Jason

      RL: I don't see it as a problem. Belief in God is not holding us back in any way.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Who mentioned god?

      August 29, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      3 in 5 Canadian's accept Evolution as a fact. Although I would almost expect that based on a couple of factors: same sex marriage is widely accepted and abortion/contraception are not issues we are fighting over.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quanti-ty Surveying

      @Truth – don't tell that to the current Prime Minister, Steven Harper, who is a George Bush wanna be courting the far right fundamentalists nutbar in Western Canada. He is a very slick politician who is working to undo what Canada is – and that includes undoing Canada where abortion is legal.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  6. Hardy Weinberg

    Ignorance is not bliss, but judging from many of the comments here, is apparently alive and well.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:22 am |
  7. doctore0

    One has to be seriously in love with himself and brainwashed to believe in creationism/gods and magic.. Hello the year is 2012, not 12; Evolution is a FACT.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:55 am |
  8. superior all-knowing most factual truth king of all the lesser-knowing

    It's obvious that Bill is completely correct and we all know it.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:50 am |
  9. John

    Obviously, #5 goes without saying. #4 sounds like projection. #3 are precisely the idiots who choose to pick science when they need medical care and it really matters, but not so much on things such as climate science and evolution.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  10. BlatantAtheist

    "Atheists love the Internet, as we've chronicled on the Belief Blog. While they may be a small portion of the population, they seem to make up about half our commenters. It was their chance to join with Nye and cheer him on:"

    Ha, maybe that just means there are just alot of closet atheists out there!

    August 29, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  11. Elliot

    I want to meet this SteveHeft guy. I bet he's seen some awesome stuff, because based on his comment he's over 2000 years old, or has mastered time travel. Or he doesn't know what "first-hand" means...

    August 29, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • Hardy Weinberg

      Brilliant! You made my coffee shoot out my nose. Stings a bit, but thanks for the belly chuckle.

      August 29, 2012 at 5:24 am |
    • owl96

      Can you read? Being a first-hand witness to the Risen Christ does not mean the same as being a first-hand witness to the Resurrection of Christ. Its like meeting a guy who got out of prison five years ago rather then watching him leave prison.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  12. Because every effect has a cause

    I wonder, CNN, why Robert Jastrow's thoughts on this matter were not brought into this topic? Jastrow's scientific prowess, I am certain, was far superior to Nye's.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • WASP

      @because: cause of big bang; inbalance in internal pressures pushing out and external (gravity) pushing in, equalibrium was shifted ever so slightly leading to eventual expansion of sigularity thus creating our current state of exsistance.

      see no outside force needed (aka god)

      August 29, 2012 at 7:17 am |
  13. Sparko

    As far as teaching creationism in schools as science, well, have the people who want this REALLY thought this through? Are they willing to have the creation story of EVERY religion added as a possible theory? You want your children to learn creationism then teach them yourselves! Find a church that corresponds with your beliefs and GO-make sure your kid go to Sunday school. Send your children to a parochial school. There is NOTHING stopping YOU from teaching your child your beliefs, and do you really, truly want the schools teaching your children religion?

    August 29, 2012 at 4:12 am |
    • BlatantAtheist


      August 29, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • Waggoner

      Interesting point, though I definitely am a young earth creationist it wouldn't be fair to just teach Christianity faith in the schools as science. we would have to bring all other schools of faith in also.

      but on the flip side of your comment. children spend in average of 7-8 hours at school. what is that compared to a half hour of Sunday school? those thoughts constantly around you will be much more reinforced over the years. Also a very small number of people can afford to pay for christian schools.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:52 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Waggoner: Not everyone wants their children growing up believing in the same fairy tales you have been brainwashed to accept as truth when there is no truth behind them and if you're going to have one taught, you must teach about every other belief...not enough time in a day to do this. Public schools are government funded...separation of church and state/freedom of and from religion. Sunday school and the home is where this garbage is best left to.

      August 29, 2012 at 5:09 am |
    • WASP

      @sparko and truth: i think you both hit it on the head, so to speak. if we allow creationism to be taught in school, and i mean ALL creation stories then children would see just how much ALL religion has in common thus making it easier for them to make the next logical step to it is all make believe.
      i say let's teach it just like that, as a world view and teach each creation story............i could be wrong because i'm coming back from an 18 hour shift and sitting at work again after only 3 hours of sleep. lmao

      August 29, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  14. Sparko

    How about this: science reveals God's magnificent creation-his master engineering if you will. God could have done it in 6 days if He'd wanted to, but all evidence points that He took his time. I do not believe God left all this evidence only to trick us. I find it bizarre that there are so many willing to reap the benefits of modern science only to reject what they perceive does not follow a literal interpretation of Genesis. I believe in God. I do think evolution in a reality. The two are not mutually exclusive. Of course none of this is truly important. What is important is the sacrifice that Jesus made to save us from our sins, so why this eternal, useless debate over this I have no idea. I truly believe that it turns a lot of people "off" from the message of Jesus because Christians deny science. Please know not all of us do.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:06 am |
    • Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quanti-ty Surveying

      Oh, the "Jesus Sacrifice" thingie again! Think about it: God, an eternal, all knowing and all-powerful deity, sent a piece of himself (Jesus) to Earth in the form of a human, knowing beforehand (All-knowing, right?) that this piece of God would live in the form of a human for about 30 Earth years (No time at all for something eternal) and then die, and be dead for 3 Earth days, then come back to life, and then return that little piece of itself to God. So where's the sacrifice???? That's less a sacrifice than me breathing out a carbon atom, and a second later breathing it back in. If it was true, it's not a sacrifice. The Easter Bunny leaving one of his painted eggs at a kid's house is more of a sacrifice!

      August 29, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  15. Richard Berg

    Creationism . .. the dumbing down of America continues. Faith, huh. Just because you believe something not only doesn't make it true, it doesn't make it even viable . . . or worthy. The Bible is NOT the word of any god; it was written by men with an agenda . . .and I hate to tell some of you this, Christianity is NOT the last word on much of anything. Faith is fine for comfort . . . but it is NOT Truth. Some of you folks are standing still, mired in the 19th century (or worse), while the Real World passes you by like a speeding train. rhb

    August 29, 2012 at 3:46 am |
  16. truMind

    heres the problem.... YOU CANT BELIEVE IN BOTH and make sense .... they counter one another at every point and only ONE makes sense.. People who say they believe both really, deep down or in the back of their mind know religion is alot of BS....but like it in their lives.... which is totally fine

    August 29, 2012 at 3:34 am |
    • Sparko

      You do know that when it was put forward the earth was round that was "anti God. Also when it was discovered that the earth revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. These once heritical scientific findings (and so many more) are now known to be be the reality yet have diminished God. The difference is now we don't burn the scientist at the stake. God is not diminished by what human science discovers. Science reveals God magnificent creation. Science and history, more people need to study and understand these subjects......

      August 29, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • WASP

      @sparko: ofcourse science doesn't diminish "god".......................because the followers just keep moving him around like in a game of chess.
      before god was on a mountain.........we went looking......no god.
      then god was above the clouds...........we went looking.....no god
      then god was in space........yup you guessed it.........we went looking and found no god again
      now god lives in a different space/time as we do.........eventually we will find a way to look there as well.....and find NO GOD.
      i wonder then where will his followers move him?
      you know the problem with the castle move in chess.........eventually you end up trapped in a corner with no escape.......checkmate is only a few moves away. 🙂

      August 29, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • Rational Libertarian


      It was widely accepted that the Earth was round before Christianity even existed. The idea that people thought the Earth was flat before the Renaissance is a myth.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  17. John K

    I never write on these sites, but I find myself intruiged by this topic. I am a doctor at Harvard Medical School and a researcher. I believe that God exists, and I believe that He created all living creatures, including humans. I have spent my lifetime thinking about this, and am still open minded, but I am not sure that I believe the theory of evolution, for several reasons. First, as a researcher, even the simplest experiment can be ruined by one small variable being incorrectly set. More complex experiments make the likelihood of failing to follow a hypothesis even more likely. To state that a process as complex as cellular division, DNA encoding, protein folding, enzyme reacting is a process which can refine itself through random chance and lots and lots and lots of time seems, to me, to be at best suspect. Second, even if I could stretch my mind and perhaps imagine that DNA could randomly mutate to form a functional protein, which could then provide a selective advantage to an organism, it still makes little sense to me that we would 'evolve' to become as complex as we are. As an aside, it also makes no sense to me that there are phenomenally few 'missing links,' i.e. fossil evidence of creatures which evolved a less beneficial characteristic. If evolution were true, we should see abundant evidence of 'tried and failed' species – it is possible that a large number of these creatures never make it to a full grown fetus, but the point remains. The burden of evidence to me lies on evolutionists and proponents of that theory to convince me that it is even a viable theory- I just don't see it. Third, every living creature should have to follow the laws of thermodynamics, which states that every reaction tends towards a lower energy state. The fact that every living cell has to 'fight' to prevent its own destruction, and still does so, is to me what defines the breath of life. No matter what you believe, one has to account for the fact that every living creature is alive for a reason that cannot be explained by science. Science and medicine may be able to partially explain HOW it is that we live, but it cannot explain (to my knowledge) WHY we are alive, why we bother to exist when the lowest energy state would be to remain dead. To me, this is the greatest evidence that God not only exists, but is the giver of life to each of us. All of this to say that believing in God is a rational perspective, and contrary to many others, you do not have to set aside reason to believe in God. Each person should examine the world around them, the evidence they see, and make a decision based on evidence. After many years of searching, I believe in the God of the Bible.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:31 am |
    • Observer

      If you believe in God of the Bible, how much of the Bible do you believe?

      August 29, 2012 at 3:36 am |
    • jt

      Wow. I am speechless that a 'doctor' at Harvard would make so many mistakes regarding BASIC science in just a few sentences. Sounds like you need to go retake intro bio, chem, and physics, the 'arguments' you make are more or less all settled science. You should know better as a 'doctor' from Harvard. I hope you are more literate in medicine than you are in basic biology, chemistry, physics and paleontology.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:49 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      See? Even "educated" people prefer to suckle at the teat of a god rather than face the truth.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:55 am |
    • Chris Keal

      hahaha of course he is not actually a doctor at Harvard Medical School. He just prefaced his nonsense with that to lend it some sort or credibility. HOOK, LINE, SINKER.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:13 am |
    • Kenny

      Look harder it is worth the effort. Evolution Is an Amazing thing. If you Believe in God, you too can be amazed by God's work in the field of Evolution.

      Creationism is bunk. It is a theory perpetrated by liars for personal gain.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:18 am |
    • asurooki

      The problem is John that all of your points are self defeating. Any – I say again- Any doctor who denies evolution denies their own craft. Viruses mutate/evolve- and our cures are based on those minute evolutions. Sometimes they evolve in less harmful forms to humans. The human body having an appendix and tonsils is clear evidence of currently unnecessary evolved characteristics. Also the idea that we have to have been placed here for a reason is a by product of ego and self awareness. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to grasp time/space or numbers that is necessary to realize how insignificant we truly are. Does a human being have more importance than a plant or a star? Is your life more important than then entire planet earth? The God belief exists because of fear of death and our own arrogance. To think a god would create us in his image is the ultimate form of arrogance. To think it would care about everything we do would be even more arrogant. To think human written, translated works by people in power thousands of years ago is the inspirational word of our divine creator is horribly disturbing- only because it is held by so many. Morals and Ethics are by definition subjective. Man is flawed therefor religion is flawed.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:22 am |
    • Kip

      Wow... First, this comment is embarrassing to come from someone claiming to be a medical doctor. Second, just because you don't possess the ability to imagine something doesn't it isn't possible. You just need better scope.

      How can a doctor say that can't believe in functional mutation when we see it all the time in the simplest examples? Disease bacteria and viruses mutate to adapt and become resistant to environmental influences all the time. Given time and enough trials, life develops to overcome obstacles. That IS evolution. It happens on the smallest and larger scales.

      You say that evolutionists have gaps in their data so therefore it's all not true...So instead you proclaim it makes more since to see that there are unanswered questions (like where life started) and make up a creator?? At least there IS evidence for evolution and while not ideal it's arguable. When new evidence is present, the theory changes. Saying it's all magic can't be proven. We might as well say aliens created life or mutli dimensional monsters... Careful when you throw around terms like "burden of proof" because it implies you have proof yourself for your claim...ANY proof...

      Lastly, you are clearly not an engineer. Don't try to use thermodynamics in your argument. You clearly don't understand how thermo works. A system (organic or not) can grow, develop and overcome the burdens of entropy. The birth and life of stars... the development of a tropical storm or hurricane. Complex, feeding and energy giving systems born from basic elements, in much the same way as life. The fact they come into existence and eventually die isn't automatically proof of a biblical god. Why did life come into being? Why did Hurricane Issac form? Because all the right tiny elements were there at the right time to make it so.

      Cheers from MIT (The other community college in Cambridge)

      August 29, 2012 at 4:31 am |
    • BlatantAtheist

      "The burden of evidence to me lies on evolutionists and proponents of that theory to convince me that it is even a viable theory- I just don't see it."

      From a bunch of apes, ya dumb ape.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:57 am |
    • Waggoner

      Awesome man, great thoughts!

      August 29, 2012 at 5:02 am |
    • Hardy Weinberg

      To be clear, medical doctors are not life scientists and their training rarely makes them competent to speak on the details of evolutionary theory.They are specialists in the human body – that's it, like body mechanics – even if they occasionally partake in 'clinical' studies. It's a big, difficult, time consuming, and heroic job being a 'doctor', and I'll be the first to recognize their hard work and applaud them for their efforts, but I've met too many 'doctors' who don't know the first thing about evolutionary biology. Case in point.

      August 29, 2012 at 5:34 am |
    • saggyroy

      Sounds like you meant Harvard County Community College.

      August 29, 2012 at 6:36 am |
    • theDevolutionist

      JT: I'm waiting for the part where you actually explain how John's reasoning is ignorant of basic science. Or is name-calling the best you can do? Atheists seem to take great joy in pointing out how bigoted Christians are, and here Mr. Nye makes one of the most bigoted comments I've ever heard concerning Christians / creationists: "Don't teach your kids creationism, because we need problem-solvers and innovators." In other words, the two are mutually exclusive. Well, this view is not only bigoted itself; it flies in the face of centuries of scientific progress – all made when the entire western world (including the scientific community) held an essentially creationist viewpoint (and yet invented virtually all the fields of modern scientific study). Bill Nye may be the "science guy" but he apparently isn't the history guy. Whether you're a creationist, theistic evolutionist or atheist, this kind of "right-think" mentality that tells us we should not be allowed explore alternatives to the current prevailing viewpoint should bother you.

      August 29, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • Jen

      Doctor at Harvard and yet unable to spell or write at a fifth grade level? Right.......

      You don't believe in mutation? I guess you don't believe that there is a thing called cancer then....makes sense coming from a doctor....

      August 29, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      " After many years of searching, I believe in the God of the Bible."

      So you believe in words that a bunch of men wrote over a long period of time, then other men edited to fit their agenda of money, power and control.

      Doctors....nothing but legal drug dealers.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:06 am |
    • Whiteman

      Evolution is not random. That's only part of the equation. The process of natural selection involves the environment selecting mutations that facilitate survival over those that don't. This is a pretty basic tenant of evolution and you should know that if you really are a Harvard Dr.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • Simran

      Sorry you got bashed around by the above comments. I dont usually go about proudly affirming I am a doctor from so and so place. It just shows that you consider yourself superior enough to make a comment that matters. But as a practising doctor, I dont think I will refute the work done by so many scientists far better equipped than me and make a as.sumption that since I dont get it, it ain't true.
      I can refer you to a site on evolutionary study though:

      Now if you want to raise issues, wouldn't it be better that you review the topic first and then attempt to find faults with it? What you and I probably read when were in med school was probably not enough.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • sbp

      This FAUX doctor simply regurgitated every leading DEBUNKED creationist argument. Yeah, he clearly put a LOT of thought into it. Even fell for the thermodynamics fallacy. As if 2 minutes of online research wouldn't reveal to such an advanced intellect why this creationist argument is hokum.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • sbp

      And no, it would be pointless to refute every point he made one by one, because they are typical Creationist fictions.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • sbp

      We don't see any "tried and failed" fossils? EVERY SINGLE DINOSAUR fossil is a "tried and failed." Any animal now extinct became extinct because of natural selection. Even if there WAS a meteor causing mass extinction, the reason dinosaurs died as a result is because they weren't genetically equipped to survive. Natural selection favored other animals in THAT particular post meteor environment.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  18. Curt

    CNN is actually encouraging discrimination based on beliefs.

    I'd like them to right a story trying to say Muslims are wrong about there bible...

    Anyway I believe In a GOD I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ANY BIBLE FROM ANY CULTURE ITS ALL MADE TO CONTROL THE MASSES. But I do believe in God... Not to say I believe God is a big fan of this planet.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • Curt

      *write a story even...

      I think the story that humans were genetically engineered by a race of aliens as found in the Summerian tablets has more evidence behind it then the theory of evolution. (they needed a race to mine gold for there planets atmosphere, so they invented a slave race by taking the most developed thing on earth and combining it with there own D.N.A.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:30 am |
  19. 0rangeW3dge

    What is this country coming to ?????
    I think Bill should be investigating the water supply....
    – – for America

    August 29, 2012 at 3:20 am |
  20. Jason

    Saying you have "faith" is a HUGE cop-out.

    I have faith I will one day win the mega-millions. That doesnt make it fact.

    EVERYONE is atheistic towards something else. Atheist just take it one god further than most. I just dont know how to hammer that truth harder into peoples heads to make them understand where Atheist are coming from. In my thinking, if your dead set on faith in a supreme being, why do you not believe in unicorns, the tooth fairy or santa claus? Nevermind the THOUSANDS of gods believed to be in existance throughout human history.... What makes YOUR god so special?

    Seriously..... I am depressed at the percentages of how many people believe in an omnipotent being, in any form, regardless of reality. Perception is just something alot of stupid people cant grasp and that makes me sad, They would rather lay blame/praise on a fictional being to make thenselves feel better than to REALLY look at the reason for a situation.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:19 am |
    • Nfidel

      Really? You get depressed over such trivial and esoteric issues? That's all it takes? Maybe you should seek counseling. Science bless you, I guess?

      I did like your statement about hammering your beliefs harder into peoples' heads – makes you sound like an evangelist.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • Kenny

      Most people never take it far enough. At first Glance Atheism makes since. Religions often contradict themselves and simply can not be taken literally. Atheism makes since until you realize that it too requires faith. Faith that you know the unknowable.
      Agnostics seem to be the most faithless when it comes to religion. They don't pretend to know either way. As for me I have accepted that I will never understand the full complexity of the Universe, The Multiverse or Existence. Call it what ever you want, but God almost seems fitting.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • WASP

      @kenny: atheism doesn't require faith........we just don't know, thus we state WE DON'T KNOW.....but we are trying to find out.
      i find it to be mentally lazy to say "god did it" that means ok we know everything now because god did it, then why should we bother making new medicines to cure disease, god allowed/knew that person would get ill and die, so who are we to interfear with "god's plan?"
      see how that mental weakness is harmful?

      August 29, 2012 at 7:46 am |
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