Bill Nye the Science Guy believes he is. He thinks it is obvious that Creationism is wrong and Evolutionism is correct and that children should therefore 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
Part Two of this series contained this section:
3. Rebuttal: Creationism Does NOT Threaten Science
This third post of the series contains this single section:
4. Nye Is Not Objective
Bill Nye is not an objective scientist impartially looking at evidence and determining truth. Nye’s interpretations of evidence and his conclusions about what is true or false, like all scientists, are driven by his worldview. Bill Nye is a humanist who denies God and exalts man above all else.
Bill Nye received the 2010 Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. AHA’s motto, in capitals in their logo, is “GOOD WITHOUT A GOD”.
AHA defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs [my emphasis], affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”
(From AHA’s What is Humanism?)
(Note: AHA does not address the problem of defining ethical and good, absent a standard prescribed by a higher power. By appealing to an ethical standard, AHA is implicitly recognizing the existence of a Standard Giver, thereby contradicting their stated philosophy.)
Thus Nye’s platform for analysis is no more “unbiased” than is that of a disciple of Christ. Nye approaches everything from a fixed philosophical viewpoint; all of his study and conclusions are from the starting point, “There is no God.”
The Christian’s starting point is “God exists and has revealed Himself to man in the Bible.”
Nye’s commitment to an evolutionary explanation of origins is driven by his secular humanist worldview and by his rejection of God’s record of origins in Genesis.
My commitment to a creationist explanation of origins is driven by my acceptance of the Genesis record.
Both of us, Nye and myself, are biased, and our bias, or starting point, influences our conclusions. The debate should not be over our conclusions but over our starting points.
The key questions are:
“What is the RIGHT bias with which to be biased?” and
“Which starting point provides the MOST REASONABLE explanation of the evidence?”
White lab coats do not confer on scientists the authority to determine the correct philosophical starting point. That issue is outside the realm of science. Philosophical worldviews (starting points) are not subject to the scientific method for validation, for they cannot be experimentally tested.
The right bias (or starting point or worldview) is that there is a God. He has revealed Himself to man in the Bible and demonstrated Himself throughout creation (Romans 1:20). This worldview provides the most reasonable explanation of all the evidence we see in the world around us.
The documentary movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” by Ben Stein shows the extent of the bias in the academic world against Creationism. Revealing interviews with Richard Dawkins are included. Here is the YouTube video of this insightful and entertaining documentary (1 hour and 38 minutes long).
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 4,760,000 views, 209,000 comments, 80,000 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 sequel:
Bill Nye’s Campaign Against Creation #4
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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 10, 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)