Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 3, 2012

Bill Nye’s Campaign Against Creation #2

Apollo 8 Mission Patch
Creationists are first to orbit moon.

Does Creationism threaten U.S. science?

Bill Nye the Science Guy, says “Yes.” He wants children to be taught only evolution.

This continues a series of weekly posts responding to Bill Nye’s wildly popular recent YouTube video in which he urges parents not to teach Creationism to their children because he claims that will impair scientific advancement in the U.S.
(For reference, Nye’s video and a transcript of the video are included at the end of this post.)

The purpose of this series is to rebut Nye’s thinking and critique his remarks, identify his mistakes, analyze his bias, and apply Biblical passages to see whether Christians should follow Nye’s advice with their children.

Part One of this series contained these two sections:
1. Nye’s Video with Transcript
2. Critique of Nye’s Remarks

This second post of the series contains this single section:

3. Rebuttal: Creationism Does NOT Threaten Science
In his video Bill Nye said that when some people believe in Creation then it holds everybody back. Is this true? Does Creationism hinder the advancement of science? Is it necessary to believe in evolution to make progress in science?

The answer is “Certainly, NOT!” Examples from many different scientific fields could be given. For example, here are a dozen lists of respected scientists from many different fields who don’t believe in evolution:
1. Scientists alive today who accept the Biblical account of creation
2. Scientists of the past who believed in a Creator
3. Creationists holding science doctorates
4. Creationist scientists past and present (scroll down for list)
5. Modern scientists who accept the Biblical account of creation (scroll down for list)
6. Scientists alive today who accept the Biblical account of creation
7. Creation scientists who have contributed to science
8. Creation Scientists
9. Contemporary and Historical Creation Scientists
10. Bible-Believing Scientists of the Past
11. Qualified scientists who support the creation theory
12. Scientists Dissenting from Darwinism
Innumerable other great men of science were creationists and did not believe in evolution. Evolution is clearly not needed for scientific advancement.

However, I will focus on one area which Bill Nye especially loves–space exploration. The Space Program serves as a clear rebuttal to Nye’s contention that belief in evolution is necessary for scientific advancement.

Nye overlooks that Sir Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727), who formulated the laws of motion and gravity on which space exploration depends, was a creationist who did not believe in Nye’s “deep time” (see Age of the Earth 4 — History’s View). The discoverer of the laws of planetary motion (another essential for space exploration) was creationist Johann Kepler (1571-1630).

Von Braun explains the Saturn rocket to President Kennedy

Dr. Werner von Braun (1912 – 1977) was a German rocket scientist and aerospace engineer. He was the preeminent scientist in Germany’s rocket program during World War II and primarily responsible for Germany’s V2 rocket.

Von Braun was the scientist who convinced President Kennedy that America could win the race to the moon. He was also the chief architect of the Saturn rocket that took men to the moon for the U.S. He was the first director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. This scientist who received 12 honorary doctorates throughout his career said this,

“An outlook through this peep hole at the vast mysteries of the universe should only confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator. I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.”

Dr. Werner von Braun, the man primarily responsible for the success of America’s space program, was a creationist!

Apollo 8 astronauts return

The first manned mission to the Moon was Apollo 8 in December 1968. On Christmas Eve the astronauts broadcast live pictures of the Earth and Moon from the space capsule. The three astronauts concluded what was then the most-watched television show in history by reading from Genesis 1:1-10, each astronaut reading the creation Scripture in turn.
(Click NASA’s Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast for the broadcast.)

Lunar Module Pilot William Anders said:

“We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
” (Genesis 1:1-4)

Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell read,

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
” (Genesis 1:5-8)

Commander Frank Borman said,

“And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land earth; and the gathering together of the waters He called seas: and God saw that it was good.”
(Genesis 1:9-10)
“And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.”

This live Christmas Eve broadcast from Apollo 8 was telecast worldwide to five continents. The broadcast was so powerful and effective that atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair sued NASA over the Genesis reading. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed.

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
Reflected in the visor is Aldrin’s shadow, the Lunar Module, and photographer Armstrong. Small blue dot at visor’s top is Earth. Note Aldrin’s footprints.

Seven months later on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon, the first two men in post-Flood history to do so.

With the largest worldwide television audience in history watching, Aldrin had planned to read from the Bible on the Moon. However, NASA asked him to refrain as a result of Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s lawsuit. Instead Aldrin read Scripture privately and took Communion on the Moon.

In a television broadcast the night before splashdown, Aldrin quoted Psalm 8:3-4:

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him? And the Son of Man, that thou visitest Him?”

American astronauts were the elite of the elite. They were some of the best trained, best educated, most intelligent, and most physically fit people on the face of the earth. And yet some of them believed in the Creator. Neither they nor their bosses saw this as a hindrance to their scientific work and space exploration.

President Nixon welcomes the quarantined Apollo 11 crew (Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin) aboard the recovery ship U.S.S. Hornet

Distance-wise, the longest telephone call of history was when President Richard M. Nixon called Neil Armstrong on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

After the safe return of Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, Nixon sent them on a round-the-world good-will tour in Air Force One.

Several years later on January 5, 1972, Nixon approved development of the NASA Space Shuttle program. This funding decision affected the direction of US space exploration efforts for decades.

Saluting the Apollo 11 astronauts on their return from the moon on July 24, 1969, President Nixon said,

“This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation.”
(From After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age by Martin Collins, p 137.)

These words reveal that President Nixon naturally, instinctively, thought of Creation as a week, just as Genesis records…a week parallel to, comparable to, the one just completed by the astronauts. This U.S. President and strong supporter of the space program did not think belief in the Creator was incompatible with scientific work.

Summary
It is totally irresponsible and factually wrong to say that creationists hinder the advancement of science. Countless men of science have been creationists–like Newton, Kepler, Pasteur, Pascal, Faraday, Maxwell, Kelvin, Boyle, Mendel, da Vinci, Riemann, etc.

In fact most of the founders of the main branches of science were creationists as indicated by Table 1 – Scientific Disciplines Established by Creationist Scientists. Many major scientific discoveries have been due to creationists (see Table 2 – Notable Inventions, Discoveries, or Developments by Creationist Scientists).

Major contributors to the U.S. Space Program were creationists.

It’s more accurate to say that evolutionism hinders the advancement of science than to say that creationism does. Molecules-to-man evolutionism is completely unsubstantiated and based on incorrect assumptions and faulty reasoning; the evolutionist worldview leads researchers astray from truth.

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Soli Deo Gloria.

Nye’s Video with Transcript (for reference from Part One of this series)
In this recent YouTube video Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children, Bill Nye warns against teaching creationism to children. The two-and-a-half-minute video is from the online think tank Big Think. The video has had over 4,727,000 views, 202,000 comments, 79,000 Likes, and 16,000 Dislikes since it was posted on August 23, 2012.

Bill Nye is best known for his “Bill Nye the Science Guy” TV programs on PBS in the 1990s. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked for Boeing. In 2010 he received the Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association.


 
Here is a transcript of Nye’s video remarks:

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.

Read the prequels on Bill Nye’s campaign against Creation:
Worldview Analysis – Science Guy Bill Nye
Bill Nye’s Campaign Against Creation #1

Read the sequel:
Bill Nye’s Campaign Against Creation #3

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday October 3, 2012 A.D.

We will not conceal them from their children,
But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers,
That they should teach them to their children,
That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
That they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments. (Psalms 78:4-7)

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