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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bill Nye the Religious Guy

Have any of you seen the new video from Bill Nye the Science Guy about keeping Creationism away from children? If you haven’t, it is somewhat sad because Bill Nye the Science Guy was one of my favorite shows growing up. However, I have come to realize that he is a shill for politically correct scientific causes. It’s funny because he is almost quoting verbatim the platform of the Union of Concerned Scientists. You have to give all these guys credit, they are consistent. While people like me believe science is a free thinking arena of ideas, hypotheses, theories, and laws which are discussed and tested, people like Bill Nye believe any differing view from mainstream evolutionary thought should be snuffed out. There is a word for this type of thinking, “Fundamentalism.”

My belief in scientific thought goes back to the joke of the three blind scientists. The joke goes something like this: Three blind scientists walk up to an elephant and observe the creature tactilely. The scientist at the trunk of the elephant observes that the elephant is long, skinny, and very flexible like a snake. The second scientist at the torso of the elephant turns down that hypothesis and says that the elephant is huge and wrinkly. Yet, the third scientist at the tail disagrees with both preceding scientists and says the elephant is very thin with a tuft of hair at the end.

This is an accurate portrayal of how science can present itself sometimes with scientists disagreeing upon what they observe about different areas. Disagreement is usually healthy in scientific debate because it engenders thought and a want to test out different theories to prove what is correct. In reality, this scientific disagreement is the line where Intelligent Design and Evolution stand. Almost all scientists will agree on this point concerning the majority of scientific inquiry; however, when we come to evolution or global climate change, only one world view is right. This is no longer innocent scientific methodology but religious intolerance.

I actually understand the sentiment pretty well because I am unwavering in my belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God has raised Christ from the dead. There is one difference, however. I am willing to change my views if anyone can come up with a better argument. Granted, I have yet to find a differing world view compelling enough to change my overall belief system; but, over time, through careful research and debate, I have changed little things here and there. The concept at hand is meekness. Meekness is the act of knowing that one does not have all the answers and that there is still much to learn if one keeps an open mind to the possibility. Evolutionists, as a whole, do not aspire to be meek but feel they are right and everyone who disagrees with them is wrong and ignorant. Religious intolerance is bred from this assumption.

This brings me back to Bill Nye’s argument. In all the words he says, almost nothing profound is presented. However, a couple of sentences catch my attention: “And my response generally is ‘Well, why not? Really, why not?’ 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 lifecycle.” This is your basic evolutionary argument, just mention concepts. Okay, so you have ancient dinosaur bones, “What about them?” What I think is funny is he asks, “Why,” but he doesn’t wait for the answer. Sorry, I know I am taking it out of context, but I wanted to poke a little fun.

His remarks show a fundamental problem in evolutionary thought: willful ignorance of the other side of the coin. Intelligent Design (ID) has an answer for all of his inquiries of which he probably has no clue and he doesn’t ever want to have a clue. Evolutionists regularly refuse to debate proponents of ID because all they have to go by is the straw man of the creationist. These evolutionists have absolutely no idea of ID theory or thought. The other side, ID, as a whole, understands evolutionary thought because many of them (i.e. Dean Kenyon, Michael J. Behe) were evolutionists or were taught extensively about evolution.

Another point Bill Nye brings up in his video is that Creationism stunts innovation. I would like for him to tell that to Isaac Newton, George Washington Carver, Blaise Pascal, Louis Pasteur, Niels Boor, and Francis Bacon. All of these men were Fathers of Modern Science; yet, amazingly they all believed in design.
One last thing I would like to mention, this video of Bill Nye is from a think tank called bigthink. This group is a pro-Atheist, pro-leftist group who believes Howard Dean is worthy of being recorded. Think about that for a second. Also, if you didn’t think the scientific inquiry of his Creationism video was enough, take a look at Bill Nye’s amazingly scientific video about talking to aliens.