Culture, Current Events — August 27, 2012 9:42 am

Bill Nye: “Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children”

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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.

Hey, here’s a video that I found interesting. I grew up watching Bill Nye on PBS and was in love with his hilarious storytelling and inside jokes about science. Bill Nye is a fun scientist, but a scientist none-the-less and based on his research and perspective is convinced of evolution and wants children to be appropriately informed.

I agree with Nye to a point. I think it is important that people are trained to think. To give our children critical thinking skills so as to engage the world in a way that allows them to draw their own conclusions and feel comfortable where they land.

What do you think? Evolution? Creationism? None of the above? Talk to me.

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4 Comments

  • I went to a garden variety evangelical Christan school for part of HS, and they didn’t even think twice about whether they should teach evolution or not. For them, it was about educating the students to first be competitive applicants for college, and later as job-seekers.

    Come to think of it, I don’t even remember being “taught” creationism in the science classroom. We had Genesis for bible class and we had our textbooks for science class. (But this might have had to do with the fact that we somehow had one or 2 science PhDs on faculty).

  • First of all Matt, It has been a while since we have seen each other and I just want to say congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I pray that it is a wonderful time and that the Lord blesses you two on that special day and as you begin you lives together.

    The video:

    I also enjoyed watching Bill Nye when I was young. He did a great job making science fun, but in this video he makes a few assumptions/implications that are completely unfounded and unnecessary. First there are many creationist engineers and scientists, who are surprisingly enough, still able to “build stuff and solve problem”. What do those two things have to do with evolution? How elitist does someone have to be to think no one can actually make a contribution to society in any way unless they believe in evolution? If that is the case how did the human race get this far? How did the Romans build Rome, or how did Solomon build the Temple? It is ridiculous to say you have to believe in evolution to be engineer or a problem solver.

    Evolution may be fundamental to his understanding of the Life sciences, and therefore fundamental to agreeing with Bill Nye (and the majority of the scientific community). However, to imply that you can’t do science without a believe in Evolution is in my opinion quite a stretch.

    Matt, I agree with you, I think students must be taught how to think critically for themselves not just fed one side of an argument.

    For Bill Nye’s sake and for the sake of generations to come I hope that the creationist world view does exist 100 years from now. I pray that it is a prevalent world view for all of history, because I believe that it has a profound affect on how societies form and behave. Would you rather live in a society that believes that everything thing we see was created for a purpose and is treated accordingly or a society where everything has come about by chance and has no purpose? I believe the two worldviews go in opposite directions and those differences are becoming more and more prevalent. Sorry for the rant but I had to say it.

  • “If the data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution, to deny that reality will make us a cult … some odd group that is not really interacting with the world. And rightly so, because we are not using our gifts and trusting God’s Providence that brought us to this point of our awareness,”
    Bruce Waltke (subsequent to this statement he was asked to resign from RTS)

  • I am a Theistic evolutionist, I believe if any Christian is able to take an honest objective look at the science they would be also. I challenge and literal 6′er to read “The Language of God” by Francis Collins.

    In the scheme of church history literal 6 day creationism was not so strongly stressed. In fact, St. Augustine believed the Genesis story was not necessarily meant to mean 6 literal days. Also, C.S. Lewis was an old earth creationist. He even refers to the Genesis creation story as a mythology. (Although he goes to great lengths to emphasize that a mythology can still be true. It just isn’t meant to be interpreted literally)

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Language-God-Scientist-Presents/dp/0743286391

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