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Bill Nye the Advice Giving Guy?

When I was young, I loved Bill Nye The Science Guy. I remember being glued to the TV watching him perform his interesting experiments. Now, I have grown up and moved on to other things. But Bill Nye is still out there. By now, most of you probably already know that Think Big has put him on their YouTube page. Nye spoke out against creationism, but his true goal was to turn parents away from teaching their kids that God really did create everything. Here is the video:

Nye says some interesting things in this video. For instance, he mentions that having an inconsistent worldview is bad:

Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution. I mean, here are these ancient dinosaur bones or fossils, here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but they’re at a different point in their life-cycle. The idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.

From an evolutionary standpoint I find it ironic that Nye would appeal to an argument based around inconsistency because his worldview cannot support it. Without God there would be no consistent or inconsistent arguments. In order for something to be either means there needs to be a standard of consistency. Evolution does not give us this answer. Evolution only theorizes how things have happened. While this theory may not explicitly affirm or deny a worldview, it definitely informs one’s worldview. Material things are only here by chance. However, chance does not explain consistency or inconsistency. Simply put, a worldview without God cannot hold to Nye’s argument because the argument cannot be justified by the worldview it is supporting.

Another interesting section of the video comes near the end when Nye says:

And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.

Nye is right to say that we need to educate young people, but it sounds like he is saying, “If you hold to the belief in a God that created everything then you are not scientifically literate, not a good voter, can’t be an engineer, or solve problems.” Well, I think history would dispute that, and I think not teaching our kids about the God who created them is irresponsible. Teaching kids that they are just a random mass of atoms banging into each other is not healthy. Giving kids absolutely ground for morality or logic is not healthy. Denying kids the ability to hear both sides of the evolution/creation issue is not healthy. Telling parents, most of whom have given up on parenting, that they should not be teaching their kids about the holy God of the Bible is not healthy.

Nye went on to say that:

You know, in another couple of centuries that world view [Biblical Christianity], I’m sure, will be, it just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.

The worldview may die out on a mass scale, however that does not determine whether it is true or not. Truth and evidence demands a standard by which it can be judged. Bill Nye’s worldview cannot give us those standards. The proof that God exists is that we, as his creation, live according to laws of logic everyday. Until humanity stops doing that, Christianity will not die out. At the end of the day truth will win.

Thankfully, God is Truth.

Thanks for reading.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on August 31, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I think his point is that observations in biology makes sense only in the context of evolution, and these observations allow us to make predictions about the future that can be validated. This is the critical process and understanding necessary for the advancement of science and technology.

    Now, if someone wants to believe that God created everything (maybe evolution is God’s mechanism of doing things), that’s fine too. However, if we limit our scientific understanding/evidence to things that do not contradict with the Bible, it will be very difficult to advance.

    I’m hoping that this will be the case. In the near future, we may still derive our world views from Christianity (or whatever other religion), but we also recognize the importance of scientific explanations for how things occurred, instead of relying on a literal reading of religious texts.

    • EFL,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. One of the biggest issues I have with evolution is that it doesn’t actually accomplish much of anything. The only evolution we have seen in nature is micro-evolution. When Darwin noticed the finches different shaped beaks that is a sign of micro-evolution. Macro-evolution or what most people call simply evolution is something much different. It is where one species becomes another. This is not happening nor has it happened in nature. If you hold to evolution is really messes with your view of nature. Most evolutionists can’t think outside of their naturalistic worldview. So, when they are asked how the living things became living they end up saying things like, “Aliens could have seeded life here millions of years ago.” Richard Dawkins said that is how we could have came to be. For me it makes more sense to believe in an eternal being who created us and the world with design than the world and us being like this by random chance. Not only that it makes no scientific sense to say that life came from no life at all. Even in Dawkins theory it all would need to start somewhere. However, the Christian believes that God is eternal. We may not be able to understand that but it makes logical sense, unlike Nye’s view.

      I do not only believe in creation because the Bible says so. I believe in it because it makes logical sense.

      Travis

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can not rap his mind around the impossibility of evolution.
    I believe Gods word and I try to use my mind and rational thoughts to substantiate what I believe.
    People have this notion that evolution was just one nearly impossible random occurrence ie The Big Bang. But there would have to be millions of these billion to one odds occurrences to account for the planet to have evolved to this state.
    Funny how the Genesis account gives us the grouping of all types of living beings that are or have lived on this earth. Yet the evolutionist can’t show us one fossil of an in between species mutating to another species.
    In the millions of years that evolution needed there would be so many.
    Sorry Bill Nye I’ll teach my kids to think for themselves. I can tell them what I believe and they will have to form their own beliefs. In the mean time I’ll ask you to mind your own buisness when it comes to my kids.

    • Paul,

      I think kids should be given both sides of the evolution issue and then let them decide. What Nye advocates is a form of bigotry. He says that if you tell your children about creation then you are dumb or stupid. Richard Dawkins even compared raising a child to love God as child abuse. These people don’t want open dialogue about the total lack of evidence for evolution. Instead, they try to silence the other side by shouting them down and pretending that, “real scientists” believe in evolution and the others that question it are quacks.

      Thanks for reading,

      Travis

  3. . Nye spoke out against creationism, but his true goal was to turn parents away from teaching their kids that God really did create everything

    Not quite. Creationism here means young earth creationism (that specifically denies an old universe and evolution). One can believe in good and not be a creationist. Nye directed his comments specifically to creationists, not necessarily everyone who believes in god as a creator.

    • Sounds like you are reading Bill Nye’s mind…he never mentions young earth creationism. He never mentions God. But, he does hold a naturalistic worldview, which cannot allow for the possibility of a Creator. Nye is going against every form of creationism not just young earth. For some reason you are playing word games while trying to defend Nye.

      Here are the two options for parents…#1 Teach your kids that the big bang really happened (Nothing exploded and created something. Then that something turned into living cells. Then those living cells turned into more complicated cells). I am not sure how anyone can believe that nothing created something, but hey, my 8th grade science teacher told me this so it must be true.

      #2 An all knowing, all powerful, eternal being, who has no beginning or end, created everything with an astonishing amount of complexity. Not only that, proved he cared for his creation by coming to earth to share with his people the Good News of salvation.

      I used to hold to the theory of evolution until I realized that it is an untenable position. It is a presuppostion that many hold, but cannot be proven, but God has proven himself to be trustworthy and true, I will gladly teach my child those truths, before I tell him/her that he/she came from nothing.

  4. . Nye spoke out against creationism, but his true goal was to turn parents away from teaching their kids that God really did create everything

    Belief in god the creator and belief in creationism are not one and the same. Nye is targeting the later specifically.

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