With all the hype that is surrounding Bill Nye the Science Guy recently, I had to throw my two cents into the ring.
Nye’s latest video has received almost 3,000,000 views in just seven days on YouTube. Yes, Bill Nye the Science Guy’s video criticizes creation, telling 46% of the American population that they should not educate their children with their own view so that we can have engineers and educated voters in the future.
Here are a couple quotes from the video that you may agree or disagree with.
“Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s like, it’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place. If you try to ignore this, your worldview becomes crazy.”
What Bill Nye has actually admitted in these series of statements is that it is your presupposition, or your worldview that begs the answer; it does not come from the facts. He is correct, that you approach science based on your worldview, which is exactly what he is doing. He gets the answers that he gets because of his worldview, not because the evidence points to those answers.
Because of this, pointing out a bunch of facts to Bill is not going to help convince him that his worldview is wrong. He interprets everything through his current worldview and all the facts will fall in line with it. Bill Nye uses dinosaur bones, radioactivity and starlight as some quick examples that he claims point to the truth of his worldview; however, Christians use the exact same facts to point to the truth of the Christian worldview.
The reality is that Bill Nye’s worldview does not make sense of anything. This is what is really crazy. You see, before you can look at facts, you must have a worldview that makes sense of facts. Facts presuppose truth, and truth presupposes God. Therefore, you cannot look at the facts without believing in God. Romans chapter 1 informs us about the true state of every man’s heart. Everyone believes in God.
A friend of ours, Tony Miano, recently published a blog that covers this story in detail. I would like to highlight a couple of paragraphs of that blog for you to see the correct approach we should take with Bill Nye.
Tony Miano Blog on Bill Nye
“With the above in mind, I will not offer up any pieces of evidence to refute Nye’s claims against God and creationism. Everyone looks at the same evidence. The issue is not one of evidence, but rather one of worldview. The atheistic evolutionist interprets the evidence for the glory of self and to perpetrate a sinful denial of God. The Christian interprets the evidence for the glory of God. It’s that simple.
Oh, I will slap him around a bit for some of the social truth claims he makes based entirely on conjecture. But I won’t argue with him regarding the existence of God the Creator. To do so, to present evidences for the existence of God is, on some level, to assert that God needs to be proven. It is to give legitimacy to the blasphemous notion that God can be put on trial—that convicted criminals (sinners) have the right to cross-examine the Judge.
I believe to entertain and engage unbelievers on this level not only fuels and encourages the unbelievers’ sinfulness, but it is also a blasphemous exchange on the part of God’s proponent. That’s right. To allow an unbeliever to put God on trial by participating in such a kangaroo court, even as a well-intentioned and loving defense attorney, is to participate in the unbeliever’s blasphemy. And by aiding and abetting such blasphemy, the Christian takes part in the blasphemy and is, therefore, guilty of the same.”
Well said, Tony, well said.
Thanks for stopping by.
For those interested, below is the video of Bill along with a transcript of the video.
Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we’re the world’s most advanced technological—I mean, you could say Japan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that’s largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in that, it holds everybody back, really.
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s like, it’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.
As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, “When you’re in love you want to tell the world.” So, once in a while I get people that really—or that claim—they don’t believe in evolution. 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. 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.
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.
It’s just really hard a thing, it’s really a hard thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I’m sure, will be, it just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.
Directed / Produced by
Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd