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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

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  1. Elena

    Creationist and evolutionist will keep on punching each other since both will never understand that reality is an illusion! according to QM

    September 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Are you 15?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Alicia

      Tommy.... you should really get out & experience the world at large.... there REALLY is more that simply living inside of CNN's silly articles.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  2. chris hogan

    Aw.... poor fundamentalist christians. First those nasty, evil gays refuse to eat at their favorite restaurant(Chick Fil A), and now those godless scientists who never brought us anything, except modern medicine, technology and IPADs are trying to force facts down their throats. What is this world coming to? We all know that the bible is factually true in every detail. It says in Genesis that after Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden, God placed a flaming sword at the entrance to prevent mankind from re-entering it. I spent a year in Iraq, which is where the Garden of Eden is, and I didn't see it, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we spot in Google Earth. Oh, wait, Google Earth is a fraud, because it requires satellites, and the bible says the earth has four corners and that stars are "peepholes in the dome above it", so the earth can't be round, and even it was, satellites couldn't look through the peepholes to see everything!

    September 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Elena

      I am more of a creationist, but tell me who did Cain married if the only people on Earth was him, Adam and Eve?

      Apparently God created the Earth first then the Sun and when he had finish there was a night and day ho could there had been night and day if the sun wasn't created yet?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  3. God

    Silly Christians. Do you really think I am limited by what is written in Bible? A book written by man?

    September 1, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Elena

      Everything on Earth have been written by men! so why should I believe scientist with an agenda and self interest to push in?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Alicia

      Elena... THANK YOU!!!...

      September 1, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How stupid can any two people be? What "agenda" do you imagine scientists are "pushing?"

      September 1, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Alicia

      Tom..... duhhhhhh!!

      September 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  4. Jesus Christ

    Why do christians believe that one single book, ONE SINGLE BOOK, is all they need to make the world go around? Seriously? Bill Nye didn't come up with the concept of evolution, but creationists are horrified that more and more people are getting the sense that the christian bible isn't right – that it cannot explain why we are here and where we are going, but science can.
    If you need to be a close minded christian that is afraid to acknowledge that your simple book was written in the (near) dark ages by a bunch of men that wanted to control the growing populace than that is your problem. The world, however, will go on without you, and it will grow and people will continue to learn and eventually release the shackles of organized religion.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Darwin

      Before I observed evolution, I was going to school to study God. I remember that day I prayed and asked him to show me the mysteries of life. Now the atheists think they created life.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Elena

      First of all Genesis was NOT written by Christians and certainly NOT written during the middle ages! you comment shows how ignorant you are about Christianity and Judaism!

      September 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  5. Alicia

    Scriptures do not specify how old the Earth is, anywhere!. I, a Christian do believe in the 6 days of creation but, a day could have been 10, 100, 1000 or even a million years!, we just do not know!.
    Conversely, this also suggests that evolutionist's theory of 4.5 billion years is also a "guess".

    With this being said, it boils down to whether you believe that all living things were "created" by a "creator"...or by "accident", accident of course having no deliberate intention(s). I believe in the God of the Bible and that's all I need to know but, at the same time, I love science. God's evidence is subtle but overwhelming.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Alicia, what is God's subtle but overpowering evidence?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Luis Wu

      The god evidence is not overwhelming, on the contrary, there is NO evidence whatever except a 5000 year old book of myths and superst!tions written by members of a primitive culture. There are mountains upon mountains of SCIENTIFIC evidence for evolution. It's been studied by thousands and thousands of SCIENTISTS, with advanced degrees in science and they all say evolution is real. Sorry, but I'll take modern scientific knowledge over ancient mythology any day.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Chris

      I think the reason that the Genesis days must be interpreted as literal 24 hour days is because plants were created on day 3 and the sun on day 4. The plants would not have lived if the span between those days was millions of years.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Elena

      Its you job to find the evidence of the creator?
      I suggest start by looking at the double slit experiment and go from there you may find many interesting things, do you know what the double slit experiment is or was or what did they discover in that experiment?

      September 1, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Jack

      Alicia, I agree with you. If the creationists out there would promote creatism the way you presented it, I don't think scientist would object to the notion but when those crackpots at creation world in Kentucky talk about the earth being only 6000 years old and other people agree with them without thinking, christians lose credability. You can't deny science and science should consider an almighty power.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Science is based on evidence. Where is your evidence of a "higher power?"

      September 1, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • kumoose

      Alice, to say that you love science but call the age of the universe is a guess clearly indicates you do not understand the scientific process and you do it a disservice. If you or I, without substantiated data were to age the universe that's a guess, cosmologists age the universe through observable data that has been validated by other people. In short while I agree that there may be aspects we have yet discovered, based on the validated evidence at hand, the consensus is 4.5by. It's a guess in a similar way as you observing an oven at a distance set to 350 (no units and say in the US) and guess it's 350 degrees.

      Fundamentally that's the disturbing part, literalists and those leaning towards literalism, do not understand the scientific method and equate faith and belief with observable data. It weakens the word facts, when people believe facts have any basis in belief.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Alicia

      To all of you respondents... (I'm not going to try & respond singularly)... lets ask ourselves a very important question. "What exactly is scientific evidence" and who sets the minimum & maximum parameters?. In other words, who devised the "yard stick" for measurement of age & time?.

      Man did... or, men did. Easy? right?.

      Who is to say that this yardstick is a real representation of truth?...and that it is accurate?. It's nothing more than a relative method in time and space, relating to things we know very little about. So.... how do we really know that methods used reflect the true age of the Earth? of the Universe?.. Answer:, We not only do not, we cannot... all we can do is make a guess based on OUR devised method of measurement that resides along a line, somewhere, that is theoretically infinite.

      I love science applied in areas that it actually CAN prove things without a doubt...... not otherwise and this is why I put my trust in my instincts, the Holy Bible (something big happened 2000+ years ago or else it's a big fat lie) and my experiences becoming a Christian that tell me I'm correct.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your experiences becoming a Christian have absolutely nothing to do with facts.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Alicia

      Tom... and your facts are not facts. You only choose to believe they are.... isn't choice awesome?..

      September 1, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  6. Nick Seybert

    Whoever wrote this article is a fool stating that scientists date the UNIVERSE at 4.5 billion years old. You should know the universe is close to 14.6 billion years old just like you should know there 1000 meters in a kilometer. A terrible example of how our schools are failing us when CNN cannot even get basic facts correct.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  7. Jack

    I grew up in a Baptist church and participated in bible study class in a public school from the 1st until the 6th grade but I do not understand how anyone with a logicial and open mind can deny evolution and take the bible literally. To not teach evolution is a crime and to believe the earth is only 6000 +/- years old is pure stupidity.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  8. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Why is it that Creationists are not upfront about how they came about their Truth? Even the ones with a bit of fight in them will never tell you that it was by revelation. They know first that there is a Creator and then that we are creations. They know this because they have direct, clear and plain experience of the Creator – the God of Abraham. They have a personal relationship with it. Any effort they make to square science with what they know to be True has the sole purpose of pulling non-believers into a relationship with this God. They heard this:

    "To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some."

    Their Creationism has no other purpose than that. To bring people to their Creator and save them from their unbelief.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • sn0wb0arder

      one day it will be determined that the "spiritual" feeling is just another of the traits that make up an individual. some part nature. some part nurture. that instills in an individual the "feeling" of spiritual connection. probably not significantly different than the trait which instills in an individual an attraction to ones own gender.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  9. SixDegrees

    Wave the evolution banana, and watch the creationist monkeys start howling.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  10. richwood7

    A QUESTION FOR ALL WHO BELIEVE IN EVOULUTION Actually they didn't have to evolve all at the same time and did not. The human mind took 100's of thousands of years to devlope to this state which occured 10's of thousands of years ago. They have actually proved the chicken came before the egg because of a chemical required by the hen to make the shell hard. Thos who truely believe in creationism should contiue to use the antibiotics from the mid 1900's. They won't work, but since evolution doesn't exist the infections won't evolve (they have).

    September 1, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  11. sam harrison

    i find this guy hilarious he needs to splash out on a huge pic of himself to promote the good that people should have the knowledge to show one and other in the first place and to top it off he probably expects money from the unexpecting not a big fan of cults

    September 1, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • putty

      Why would people give him money for saying what all scientists have been saying for the past 50 years? I'm pretty sure he doesn't run a lab, he isn't asking for funding. Just reason.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  12. Marriah

    I didn't read all the posts (no time today) but the thing that is bothering me is this.....here is a supposedly brilliant scientist/celebrity, has his own show so he must be, right? And he has just insulted the intelligence of every parent on the planet. "Now listen, Billy, Mommy and Daddy believe in creation, that God is real and made everything you see, and Bill Nye the Science Guy says that's "fine". But Mr.Nye also says that THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, Mommy and Daddy are too dumb, and teaching you our views is child abuse. So, here's a book on Evolution, the fundamental prinicples of which have NEVER BEEN PROVEN AS FACT EITHER, or better yet, let's let you choose what you believe with no guidance at all except what you see on TV or the internet. After all, you are 6 years old, time for you to contribute to society in an "enlightened" way." I am disgusted that this man would think that if we teach our children anything at all, it would be views contrary to what we believe. I would have no problem discussing evolution and the THEORIES that are out there, but to suggest I would not try to instill my beliefs in my children is incredibly obtuse and insulting.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • sybaris

      " he has just insulted the intelligence of every parent on the plane"

      Fallacy by assertion

      By your logic everyone is a genius and raises perfect children. Murderers, rapists and theivs are born to someone............so are the ignorant.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • quackyduck

      He didn't "insult my intelligence". No, that honor goes to Ken Ham and his "Young Earth" morons. My child was raised in a Secular home.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Alicia

      Bill Nye is degreed in "mechanical engineering"....I guess that makes him an anthropologist, astrophysicist, acclaimed scientist, etc, etc.....that's like you or I having a business degree which qualifies us as a master auto technician, ROFLMBO!!

      September 1, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      You just insulted yourself.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Luis Wu

      Parents who teach their children about an invisible, supernatural, imaginary man in the sky, based on 5000 year old myths and superst!tious nonsense are bad parents. Let the children decide for themselves when they've attained an age where they can make logical decisions instead of brainwashing them with superst!tious nonsense from birth.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • drthunder728

      Yes, Evolution is a tried and true FACT. You ever get a flu shot? Ever heard of antibiotic resistant bacteria? Now just imagine that on a grandiose scale with billions of years of time. Scientific theory doesn't mean that we are guessing. scientific theory is "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment. There is not one shred of evidence that goes counter to evolution.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Who me?

      OK,%99.9 of scientists (99.9),believe in evolution-because of the evidence..Evidence for the god of religion.%0(zero).Perhaps you can admit that Bill has a pretty good case there?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • putty

      If you think that the fundamental principles of evolution have not been proven as fact that that all biomedical research does not involve the use of those principles, then I am sorry, but you are not qualified to teach your children science that you yourself don't understand. End of story.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bill Nye is far more qualified to speak on the subject of evolution than some dimwit who never got past community college. That would include most of the creationists ninnies on here.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • sn0wb0arder

      honestly, those who defend literal biblical creationism practically beg to be insulted. it would be impolite not to oblige.

      i will never understand how they could so completely divorce themselves from reality.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Hiram

      The problem with the nutzo "Creationists" (one of the problems, at least), is that they don't understand the meaning of the word "Theory". "Theory" doesn't mean "an ignorant opinion" (which is what "Creationism" actually is). A "Theory" is so close to a Scientific Law, as to be nearly indistinguishable from a Law... _except_ that it's not repeatable. It is NOT a "Hypothesis"... which is a logical Idea waiting to be tested . A Theory has to be not only observable, but repeatable, to become a Law.

      Creationism falls far below even below the level of Hypothesis, since there's no way of observing (let alone testing) it. Creationism is, and will always remain, nothing other than an ignorant opinion held by ignorant people who can't think for themselves, yet insist that everyone else is wrong. The Theory of Evolution is founded on observable FACTS... not Bronze-Age Fairy Tales.

      Evolution is evident to ANYONE who looks at the world around him/her unblinkered by Religious Fundamentalism. Bill Nye is 100% correct... Creationism is Child Abuse if taught as the Truth. Science should be taught in the Schools. Religion should be taught in Church.

      September 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  13. kendallpeak

    Disregarding the one issue for a moment, let's take a look at Nye's logic.He says as an adult you can believe what you wish, but you should teach your children not what you believe, but what he believes. No matter one's opinion on evolution, one must realize Nye is an idiot.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Aezel

      Actually his logic is sound, you just don't like what you hear.

      Religion is actually defined as a mild form of schizophrenia in the psychological community. You wouldn't advocate parents try and teach their children to be alcoholics just because they were would you?

      Sorry but, your argument fails.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • kendallpeak

      No Aezel, your argument is the foolish one of the totalitarian left wing. You foolishly form a theory, you get your fellow left wingers to agree, and then you say the matter is closed. This is what Stalin, Mao, and Obama does. Teach your children what you want, and let faithful moral people teach theirs what they want. It is called freedom, a bad word to social engineers who claim to know whay's best as they watch people who follow their ways ruin their lives and society.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Alicia

      Aezel.... whom actually made that definition?... an atheist?...lol..

      September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Whom made?

      Sheesh. You just look dumber and dumber, Alicia.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • philliesphan1975

      FALSE. What he is saying is its fine for an adult to believe in things that not only can't be proven, but have no evidence what so ever...but to teach children that this "theory”. That...once again...has NO PROOF or SCIENTIFIC MERIT. Just "it's true because GOD says so” Which ISN'T AN ARGUMENT. It's not just what he believes; it’s what almost all scientists...you know...the people who actually dedicate their lives to learning about the history of the earth and universe, believe. He’s also saying if you want to teach your kids a fairy tale that has just as much proof as Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, go ahead. But while in school, the only thing that needs to be taught is what actually has evidence behind it.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • putty

      There is no "opnion" or "belief" on evolution. There is fact. He is insisting that children be taught fact as science, not belief, because that's what science is about. People who think that there is a debate concerning evolution have been incorrectly taught. The debate is concerning minutia such as mutation rates, and even those debates are centered on data and facts, not belief or opinion.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • kendallpeak

      Your right phil1975. The rights of parents should give way to the elite of education and government. The final word should be what the government decides to indoctrinate the children with. After all the history of government propoganda is so supperior to Christianity. Enjoy your brave new world. Idiots made for the government slaughter.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  14. PeterDM

    "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?"

    This is the what underlies the whole fundamentalist point of view: that the stories in the bible are literally true. Even the Catholic church does believe this to be the case.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  15. solowd

    Christians don't understand that poking holes in scientific theory doesn't help them at all. Even if you actually manage to find something wrong, it doesn't make your supernatural account more likely. It just means that we need to work harder on our theories.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • sincedutch

      if you believe in science.. you believe that the universe popped out of nothing 7.4 billion years ago.. with NO explanation.. lol.. okaay.. string theory.. nice one..

      nice faith .. atheism based upon naturalism.

      but the evolution BELIEVERS don't see that do they... smug atheism.. the worst kind... worse than any christian pushing their beliefs..

      Atheists.. the news inquisition.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • horse fox fish

      Scientists don't understand that poking holes in religious theory doesn't help them at all. Even if you actually manage to find something wrong, it doesn't make your scientific account more likely. It just means that we need to work harder on our faith.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • rswfire

      @sincedutch - Your response makes no sense at all. Scientists (or perhaps more aptly atheists) are probably more likely to claim they don't know where the universe came from than to claim absolute certainty in any sort of theory. I do not know where the universe came from. And neither do you. You weren't there. I remember being a young child and asking myself, "If God created the Universe and everything in it, then where did God come from? How can God exist from nothing?" No one has been able to answer this question for me. You can't. Don't even try. It can't be answered. But it is a legitimately fair question. That is why life will always be a mystery and to claim you know the answers is very arrogant indeed.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • putty

      sincedutch – "If you believe in science" . . . what sort of statement is this to make, as you type on your computer in your air conditioned home and drive your car to the doctor to get an MRI? You want to go live in a tribal country that bases their understanding of the world on religion, go ahead.

      "something from nothing" – you understand that evolutionary biology and physics are separate fields? Evolution does not nor was it designed to explain the origin of the universe. The physicists are working on that one.

      As for your atheist comment – scientists aren't all atheist. There are loads of Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish scientists. Science cannot study the supernatural, since it is based on observable facts, so they leave their religion out of the pursuit of facts.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  16. babduck

    It's amazing in this information age where half the news is about corruption, evil, flat-out lying, and deceit, where you can't trust a politician, lawyer, bankster, Priest, and other officials unless they work for you, that so many still believe that the Bible is the unaltered word of God from 2000 years ago. Faith in my opinion is just another word for ignorance.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  17. Banjo Playin' fool

    "Made in the image of god" ? Adam and Eve spawned a family and the in-breeding began in earnest. Now we are all a bunch of banjo playin' fools.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  18. rswfire

    Is there some reason why the "image of God" is man, and not nature or the cosmos itself? From my point of view, all things are the image of God. When I go walking in a forest, I see trees, streams, deer, flowers...many wonderful things...and I attribute all of these as a tapestry that makes up the image of God. So why is evolution so scary to fundamentalists? How does this in any way threaten your belief that you were made with a purpose? God forbid that life itself is an evolutionary process, forever propelling us toward unity and perfection.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Luci H

      "Is there some reason why the "image of God" is man, and not nature or the cosmos itself? From my point of view, all things are the image of God." – to be made in the "image of God" means that mankind is set apart from the rest of God's creation by being the only 3 part being – body, soul and spirit.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • horse fox fish

      It does not matter what you see or think. The universe is not not subject to your reality. You ask why? Your question is irrelevant.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • rswfire

      @Luci H - Well, that is your belief. Not mine. And I can respect you believe that.

      @Horse Fox Fish - You sound intimidated. I don't know why, but that's okay. I have every right to ask any question I wish. I don't think God would mind me asking questions. In fact, I would be willing to say with a fair amount of certainty that is why he gave me a brain to think with!

      September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  19. hotbite

    If you are going to argue that, based on observation, the earth is millions or billions of years old, how would you know what a young earth looks like? Wouldn't you need to know that to determine its age? So what did a 1 year old earth look like 5 billion years ago? And how do you know that?

    September 1, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Cedar rapids

      "how would you know what a young earth looks like? Wouldn't you need to know that to determine its age?"

      no.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      You know that is a good question, open and read a science book or take a geology class and find out.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • rickirs.

      You know through SCIENCE. As far as God's image, how do you know that was achieved long before mankind, eg., dinasours or will occur long after mankind? Or that mankind ended up being a godly experiment, failed, and some god's image exists in some other galaxy or universe?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • horse fox fish

      Science investigates. It does not create. regardless of what science FINDS it does not mean that science had anything to do with it. A good example, over there in Europe they got that big particle excellerator thing looking for a Higgs Boson or field. They are still not sure they found it. But even if and when they do, it does not mean that science produced the Higgs thing or had anything to do with it. Just that they saw it.
      Here is an experiment for you to show how far off science is from telling you much. Take a piece of paper, or two if you like and write down everything that happened for any given second. And I mean everything. I think once you can do that, then we should regard science as some end all be all thing. But I myself well wait till then.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  20. Eric

    Tom if your definition of intelligence is mastery of the english language you really do have alot to learn.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Eric, if you don't know the difference between "alot" and "a lot", you have more to learn than I do, by a very long shot.

      Your posts would be ridiculous even if you spelled every word correctly.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why would anyone read your posts concerning science and not laugh?

      September 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Pk

      Yes indeed like the fact that a lot is two words.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:30 am |
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