Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bill Nye Still Attacking Creationism


Creation science is bad for science students, he says.

Bill Nye isn’t finished taking on creationism. In an essay published in Skeptical Inquirer, Nye explained how it happened that he decided to take part in his debate with Ken Ham. While many evolutionists wondered why he did it, one unscientific online poll showed 92% of 37,000 responders said they thought he won the debate, although a person must hold open the possibility an organized effort by evolutionists may have been responsible for that landslide vote.

Nye’s initial comments in the essay offer the reasons he decided to participate in the debate. He writes: “While on camera, I remarked that if you, as an adult, want to hold on to a completely unreasonable explanation of the Earth’s natural history that is useless from a practical standpoint, that’s your business. But we don’t want our kids, our science students, to be indoctrinated into that weird worldview, because our kids are the scientists and engineers of the future. They need to be the innovators that drive the U.S. economy in the coming decades.”

So, according to Nye, creationism is bad for kids, and he was by no means the first secularist to offer that opinion. Nevertheless, it is important to look at some things to show that Nye is wrong. First, secularists like Nye don’t believe in God. They don’t believe in a Supreme Being Who loves the human race and is ready to help people in distress. When Christians are in need, we can always turn in prayer to God, knowing God will do what is best for us. When atheists including young skeptics are in a state of despair, they don’t know there is an all-powerful, gracious God to whom they can turn, and they are thus deprived of this source of help and comfort.

Secondly, evolutionists believe all living organisms are the result of random, unguided processes. According to them, there is no goal or purpose in life. To speak of a goal or a purpose would be to imply there is a Divine Designer who created humans with a purpose in mind. Christians know there indeed is a purpose in life, to serve their Creator and to follow their Savior until the day comes they enter eternal life and everlasting happiness. Young people brought up on Darwinism do not have this hope and can only anticipate a dark and hopeless future.

Thirdly, creationists believe it is evolution theory, not creationism, which is a “completely unreasonable explanation of the Earth’s natural history.” Evolutionists, of course, will vehemently deny that, but there are some things to consider. No scientist has ever created something out of nothing, but Darwinists believe that actually happened at the beginning. No scientist has yet created life out of non-life, but secularists believe that happened at least once in the past.  Evolutionists believe new life forms can arise from natural selection and mutations, but mutations are rarely good for the mutant, and it is not clear how natural selection can add information to genes which can result in new and improved life forms. There is a lot more that could be said here relating to the flaws in evolution theory which creation scientists have been pointing out for decades.

Moreover, it can be demonstrated that advances in science are being routinely made by scientists and inventors who believe in a literal Genesis. It appears most of the pioneers of modern science were creationists. Johann Kepler (1571-1630) is considered the founder of physical astronomy. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is considered by most people to be primarily responsible for establishing the scientific method. Robert Boyle (1627-1691) is usually credited with being the father of modern chemistry. Even Galileo (1564-1642) believed the Bible and thought it supported his views. Many, many more names could be added to this list.

There is also a long list of post-Darwin scientists with major accomplishments. John Ambrose Fleming (1849-1945) might be recognized as the father of modern electronics, having invented the first true electron tube. He also was a founder of the Evolution Protest Movement in England. George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was the world’s authority on peanuts and sweet potatoes. Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) was one of the world’s top space scientists. 

Still alive today are creationists such as Dr. John Baumgardner, who was responsible for the development of a 3-D spherical-shell finite-element model for the earth’s mantle, a program now known as TERRA; Dr. Raymond Damadian, who pioneered magnetic resonance imaging or MRI; and Prof. Stuart Burgess, who has seven patents and carried out design projects for industry including designing parts of rockets and spacecraft for the European Space Agency. Again, many more names could be added to this list. The bottom line: scientists and engineers use the scientific method for new innovations, a method that works entirely independent of evolution theory.

When considering secularists such as Bill Nye, we should not forget the power of prayer. Pray that their scientific research will convince them of the necessity of a Creator and help knock down the barriers to the Gospel these men and women are facing within the scientific establishment. Then they might be led to the Word of God and eventually be able to join the psalm writer in proclaiming “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24).

Reference: Sarah Gray, “Bill Nye: Creationism is ‘bad for science education, bad for the U.S., and thereby bad for humankind,’ ” Salon.

(Photograph of Bill Nye from Wikipedia, by Mark Schierbecker.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

What is the smallest living dog in terms of height?

A female Chihuahua called Miracle Milly has been measured at only 3.8 inches (9.65 cm) in height. She is owned by a woman in Puerto Rico.

Source: Guinness World Records

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