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
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(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. Jo

    Bill Nye and Richard Dawkins are spot on. This upcoming generation has to be smarter than any previous one ever. Long gone are the days when all you needed was a high school diploma. Now, you need some form of post-secondary education, be it from a voc school or a university. Evolution is a fact, how it happened because of God or on its own, is left up to debate. Since no one knows for sure, if there is or isn't a deity we can leave that until we die and find out ourselves. But you cannot deny evolution, heck you can see it yourself even. It's constantly around us, always.

    They were also right in saying that children should not have their parent's religion forced upon them-ever. If they ask you what happens after we die, you can tell them what YOU believe. If they want to come to your church, mosque, synagogue, etc. then you can take them–if they ask to go. And let them, and even encourage them, to learn about other religions and don't ridicule or chastise other religions, at least not in front of your children. To do so would condemn your child's future.

    September 1, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  2. Bill Clay

    This headline could only be more ridiculous if it said "Flat Earth Society Hits Back At Bill Nye". It's frightening that so many people in this modern age still choose to be willfully ignorant of basic science.

    September 1, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It truly is! I am disheartened that education in this country is no longer valued by such a large portion of the population. People see threats to our country from foreign powers in the form of military might, but the real threat is the terrible lack of education among so many of our citizens. It's shameful.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  3. Bible just a theory

    WHY did DINOSAURS disppear from the earth? CHRISTIAN answer: The DINOSAURS were killed off by SATAN in a fit of JEALOUSY because of God's excessive fondness for them. Nyah nyah – can't prove this wrong! Supernatural thinking is such fun!

    September 1, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Simran

      No, you are so wrong. Do you think Bible addicts would like to call dinosaurs as God's fond creatures? Nay. They were made extinct by God coz they were Satan's goat!!!
      Now that would be a more likeable Christian answer. Accept or burn in....

      September 1, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  4. Surthurfurd

    If you want to believe in Zeus and fairies, then you will see them no matter that they are not there.

    September 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  5. Jason

    Truth from the Bible = a bunch of fairy tales.

    September 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  6. Jeff Cox

    For pretty much my entire adult life, I've believed in a "higher power". I've also believed in the message brought to us by Jesus Christ. That said, I've never had a problem reconciling a sense of spiritual 'self' with evolution theory. But these people make it very very difficult for me to convince others that these two are not mutually exclusive.

    These people should be required to sit through a viewing of "Inherit the Wind".

    September 1, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  7. Wes

    I wouldn't worry about creationism, it is just long form for cretan-ism. One may be uncomfortable with the truth, but there is an elegance in factual conditions. Creationism is based on a sensation idea of hoping away fear of the unknown. Don't worry, EVERYONE who is born will eventually die, and nothing will come after that. Take some comfort in that ultimate truth.

    September 1, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  8. Darwin

    Remember when science was able to create a mouse from the dust of the earth? Yeah me either!

    September 1, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Remember when you had proof that goddidit? Yeah, neither do I.

      You're an idiot.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • pastmorm

      And yet where is your god? Where is your jesus?

      September 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • sn0wb0arder

      ironically, no nothing else has succeeded either.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  9. jason

    most americans would rather just live in thier dillusional lives and believe fairy tales . I personally think its must more beautiful to accept evolution anyway and to know we are a part of nature and this universe . it would be much worse to think there is a god up there judging us and might send us to hell if we don't believe in him. science has given us so much took us out of the darg ages from religious ignorance and is helping make this world far more enjoyable to live in.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  10. 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 deserve the credit.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Darwin...huh? By the way, did you know there are approximately 20,000 boys (and even a couple of girls) named Darwin in the world?

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

      You are smart! Tell me what was the purpose of your life Savior?

      September 1, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Why Darwin, I am nothing but a myth stolen from ancient Egyptian, Norse, Babylonian, (you get the idea...look it up if you read other books) stories of a sacrificial god that took the higher ground for man or some other group of gods. Even Buddhism has stories (buddhism is at least 500 years older than your own faith) that I copied.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Baldev

      You could have just come to me, I would have smack God right in your face and show you light.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  11. Locker

    This is such a non-issue.

    Creationism isn't Science. Period.

    You can believe it, you can hate it but it's not Science.

    You can teach it, you can learn it, you can reject it.. but not in Science class.

    Creationism, "intelligent" design and poofing into existence describe ways humans could have appeared in the world.. .but they aren't Science.

    The only argument here is religious people trying to insist that their dogma IS Science.

    It's not.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • pugh7755

      You couldn't be further from the truth if you actually tried.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Locker

      Oh I'm quite far away from your religious truth but my statement stands. Your voodoo isn't science. If you think it is, you couldn't be farther from having a clue if you tried.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  12. Baldev

    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?"

    Wow this says it all.
    He rather BELIEVE THE BOOK CALLED BIBLE WRITTEN AND EDITED by men then sound scientific evidence.
    This says it all about the God belchers.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  13. paul

    there is only one theory of evolution and it has nothing to do with religion. referring to "atheistic" or "god directed" is silly, specious and inappropriate.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  14. Frank

    I know everyone thinks evolution is backed up by "facts" But 95% never look at these facts" I will leave you with just a few things to think about. Have you ever seen order come from a "big bang" or an explosion? Order is not the word I would use, yet the universe around us is in perfect order from stars and galaxies to atoms. Why is just earth so suitable for life, even in places that most creatures would die. Deep ocean hot sulfur tubes. Yet life is everwhere on earth and we need to look with a fine tooth comb on Mars. With a large fossil record you would think we would find one evolutioary fossil. Evertime they think they find one, if you look it is clearly no human. Lastly I like how something it takes very long periods to evole and other very short. They make it up as they go along and call it facts.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Oh Frank...when was the last time you read a science book? Do you know what order and chaos mean? Did you know that chaos is GOOD in science? It creates...unlike your bible. When was the last time you saw me, Jesus? When was the last time anyone saw me? You base your beliefs on a single book that has NEVER been proven by anything but warm, fuzzy feelings and made up testimonies of glory.
      Frank, it is christians like you that give me a bad name. PLEASE educate yourself.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • sn0wb0arder

      there is life on earth because it is suitable.

      those who wish to see order for the purpose of explaining their irrational belief will see order. the remainder will see a the great chaos.

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

      Frank, evidence is proof enough. Sadly you have been blinded by the theory of Babble bible, NOTHING, nothing whatsoever can safeguard one that has been brainwashed.

      The order that you see around us is call nature, naturally speaking.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • pugh7755

      Frank, that's just it, they don't want to think, learn, or know the truth. Here is another interesting fact, that "science" proves. Intelligent man creates logical information, while nature creates chaotic patterns. Our, and all living things, DNA is a string of "logical information" that gives our body instructions on how to grow, how we are supposed to look, etc. Our DNA is the only organic information found in the universe. Now, since only intelligent man creates information and our DNA is information, then we can only be created from God and not from random chaotic patterns. Just as the Bible says, we are created in God's image. Well, I would rather be created in the image of a God rather than slimy primordial soup as science would have us believe. Talk about dumbing us down.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  15. MDNC

    What a waste of newsprint.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  16. flipper

    The real problem is too many Christians and not enough lions. 🙁

    September 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Old Sailor

      or Tigers or Bears!

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

      Wanted to report this abuse than LMAO.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  17. SuperJdynamite

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

    The vast majority of scientists do not believe that the universe was created at the same time as the earth.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  18. Anon

    Any idiot who believes in creationism should be sent back to school. God, heaven devil, hell don't exist THEY ARE MYTHS!!!! Grow up and stop believing in Santa Claus you stupid MORONS!!! Keep your @#$%%^& religion to yourself!!

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

      How about you grow up and learn to speak respectfully? Evolution is only a theory. It can never become scientific law, because there is simply no way to test it and be completely satisfied that it is truth (like, say, gravity). Thus, you are believing a myth yourself, considering a myth is classified as "a person or thing having unverifiable existence." Stop pushing your opinions on people like a bully and learn some respect,before you mess with the wrong person and they teach you some.

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

      Evolution, as a process, is actually a fact.
      The evolution of humans is a theory, supported by evidence.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Mick

      Jurtin, you are confusing a theory with a scientific theory. You can find the difference easily with your favorite search engine.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Baldev

      Jurtin PLEASE go back to school and stop using phrases that belittle your intelligence.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:17 am |
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    September 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  20. IcemanN4

    I'll never let my kid watch this HACK ever again. Moron.

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

      Me too Iceman4 isn't Ken Ham just dumb.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
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