This last week, Bill Nye’s creationism comments for Big Think (see video above) drew some attention and criticism. Nye says that adults who want to live as creationists can do so, but it is “untenable” and “self-inconsistent” with everything we know about universe. The insistence upon creationism holds everybody back, he notes, and so he pleads with parents to not impose this view on their children since “we need them.”
The controversy forced Nye to clarify his comments, and so in an interview with CBS he responded by noting that he wasn’t attacking religion.
Young earth creationists see this as a challenge to the ultimate authority and, for some, a risk to the eternal status of their children. Scientists like Nye see this dispute as a matter of rejecting everything we can confirm about the natural world, or a denial of reality. The twain shall never meet.
For this week’s 3 for Thursday, I look at three reactions to Bill Nye’s creationism comments. Enjoy.
1)Answers in Genesis: The first reaction is not unexpected. AiG put out an immediate response arguing that Nye’s statements on evolution’s certainty are overblown, bringing in a couple of their own people to produce a response video that looks remarkably like an imitation of Big Think. Unfortunately, as Hemant Mehta notes, AiG always disables comments on their posts, which means less direct accountability on their part.
2) CNN’s Belief Blog: CNN went to the streets (or the nearest place for them these days, that is, the comments section) and posted an article on the five categories of responses that appeared there. After reaching over 10,000 comments on their original report of Nye’s video, boiling it down to five types is, admittedly, a service.
3)Jerry Coyne at Why Evolution is True: Jerry Coyne, author of Why Evolution is True (blog and book), does a quick examination of the five categories of responses presented by CNN and poses a sixth: “But there’s one category missing, which I’ll add here: 6. Those who say that Nye is right, and that creationism should not be taught in the schools, or to children at all!”
So what is your response? Our comments section is always open.