No doubt many 20 and 30-somethings in America are familiar with Bill Nye or, as he is more commonly known, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Perhaps it was just this writer’s experience, but it often seemed that whenever the science teacher was lacking in a lesson plan, the students were treated to an episode of Bill Nye, his bow ties and his witty manner of teaching scientific truths. So long as those lessons remained in the realm of operational science, Christians had little to fret about. However, Nye also has made it quite clear where he stands on Creationism and evolution. In a new video, Nye states that “there’s no evidence” for a Creationist worldview.
Famed TV scientist Bill Nye is slamming creationism in a new online video for Big Think titled “Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children.”
“Denial of evolution is unique to the United States,” Nye begins in a YouTube video posted on Thursday. The video quickly picked up steam over the weekend and as of Monday morning had been viewed more than 1,100,000 times.
In his video, Nye makes the statement that, “Your world becomes fantastically complicated if you don’t believe in evolution.” Creationists would disagree, however, maintaining that the idea that everything evolved from nothing is a far greater test to one’s rational thinking.
There are multiple reasons why Creationism is not so far-fetched as some evolutionists would have us believe. In his book, Understanding the Times, David Noebel of Summit Ministries writes about several of these reasons, including the impossibility of spontaneous generation:
It has been scientifically demonstrated that life only comes from pre-existing life. This accords with Creationism and is yet another disproof of evolution. Evolutionists must postulate that for life to have arisen by naturalistic, random processes, at some pint in time non-living matter must have come alive. The late George Wald (Harvard University and Nobel Prize winner) admitted that the “reasonable” view was to believe in spontaneous generation because it was the only alternative to believing “in a single, primary act of supernatural creation.” There is no third position. He also said, “One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet, here we are–as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation….”
In fact, the further science progresses, the more unlikely spontaneous generation seems. Dean Kenyon, a biochemist and a former chemical evolutionist, now concedes, “When all relevant lines of evidence are taken into account, and all the problems squarely faced, I think we must conclude that life owes its inception to a source outside of nature.” Kenyon based this conclusion on four premises: (1) the impossibility of the spontaneous origin of genetic information; (2) the fact that most attempts to duplicate the conditions necessary for chemical evolution yield non-biological material; (3) the unfounded nature of the belief (necessary for the chemical evolutionists) that prebiotic conditions encourage a trend toward the formation of L amino acids; and (4) the geochemical evidence that O2 or oxygen existed in significant amounts in the Earth’s early atmosphere (organic compounds decompose when oxygen is present).
David Noebel, Understanding the Times, (Summit Press: 2006), 167, 168.
Of course, for the Christian, the most authoritative evidence for the Creationist worldview is derived directly from the pages of Scripture and the opening chapters of Genesis, wherein God tells us that He spoke this world into existence.