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.

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    Since when you die you wont be able to come back to tell us how wrong you were for believing that the same humans who can't explain how we have souls and the same humans who still don't know WHY anything happens i'll pray that you see the light. not going to be intolerant like the rest of you. believe what you must but when the realization that you know nothing and all your science cant save you and is slowly killing you hits you, i know your hard hearts will deny and struggle and find no joy in anything.

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  8. Sam K

    These comments concern me greatly... Evolution is fact or else what have biologists been studying for the past 180 give or take years??

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  11. Manny

    That's why it is STILL CALLED THE MISSING LINK. It is curious that we encounter a paper clip on the ground and we automatically understand this mundane and simple item was designed, engineered and made for a purpose. Yet we dismiss all the marvels of the universe (some we understand, most we don't ), our planet and the miracle that is the human body as all resulting from chance and randomness. Order never comes from chaos. Where there is an engine or machine, there is an engineer. Where there is a code or blueprint, there is a code-writer or plan-maker. Where there is a design, there is a designer. The movements of our own solar system and heavenly bodies are so accurate and true, they are more reliable than the best made Swiss watch. Something from nothing? Good luck explaining that to your kids.

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      Manny – how old is the Earth ?

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    Do not complain that the US is doing poorly in education if you oppose the idea of evolution as fact.

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  13. Shawndell

    Here is the problem with most of the above posts (atheists, evolitionists and or other idiotic believers) none of you hold the intellect of scripture. God is outside of time, for Him everythin happens at once. When a person is anothen (Born again) answers to the world, existence, evil, willpower, events etc are easy to understand. Know this in the Bible it states clearly do not believe things of this world like evolution. It is all up to you! Do you have willpower and strenght is the question. Read the Bible be convicted let God transform your life and grow in spiritual maturity. It is the most amazing internal change that can ever happen to a person. That person understanding of the external world changes.

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    • MDAT

      Give me proof of creationism then.

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      September 26, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  14. 2357

    Evolutionists will be selected out of the kingdom of heaven. That which matters most is supernatural selection by the spirit of God. Survival of the flesh is ultimately futile.

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  15. mudfoot

    Maybe evolutionists are proof that we haven't evolved?????

    September 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  16. polemicist

    As a Christian, I do not respect Creationists at all. If your faith is so weak that science can shatter it to pieces by positing evolution, you should reevaluate yourself. Trying to debunk evolutionary theory is like trying to debunk atomic theory: both are proven in their own rights, and but science is still writing the pages as we discover more and more. Science is not out to "prove" one view over another, but observe and discover the truth. Creationism is not science, it seeks to reinterpret facts to suit a preconceived idea of truth rather than discover it.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • mudfoot

      Ok....Mr. Scientist...scientifically prove evolution using the accepted scientific method. Show me an animal fossils through every evolution stage. And explain DNA. Explain why we have never seen a positive mutation?

      September 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Michael

      Thank you, polemicist, for possessing an uncommon amount of common sense.

      September 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Jeff

      As Christians we speak out against the lie of evolution not for the believers sake because of course we know better but the unbeliever needs to hear the truth about Christ so they won't be swayed by the atheist. It amazes me how people will just ignore any knowledge of God when so much is at stake if they are wrong. If they have any intelligence what so ever as they claim they do they would investigate the truth of Christ and you won't find it from your atheist friends. Search for the truth with all your might while there's still time and I'd suggest these websites Gotquestions.org also STR.org. and reasonstobelieve.org

      February 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  17. Ryan

    Creationists hit back at Bill Nye with their own video...

    and fails miserably.

    September 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  18. Maggots

    "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?"

    Too bad the bible was written by men. Idiots.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Dee

      Hahahahha exactly Men wrote the bible

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      Read the last paragraph. Perhaps we should switch to eradicating stupidity.

      September 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
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