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.
Posted on August 31, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged Bill Nye, Christianity, Culture, Evolution, life, reformed theology, theology, truth. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.