This Bill Nye clip has 5.5 millions views on Youtube. “Denial of Evolution is unique to the United States.” 1 The first words out of the mouth of Bill Nye The Science Guy are rubbish. Michael Reiss, who teaches at the Institute of Education in London, says, “In London, where I work, there are increasingly quite large numbers of highly intelligent 16, 17 and 18-year-olds doing Advanced Level Biology who do not accept evolution. That’s either because they come from a fundamentalist Christian background or from Muslim backgrounds.” 2
In Spiegel Online, a very popular German magazine, Jens Lubbadeh wrote an article titled, “Contesting Evolution: European Creationists Take On Darwin.” It even has a sub heading titled Not Just Americans. Lubbadeh wrote, “For many years, people have viewed creationism as a purely American phenomenon. The fact is, however, that there are also creationist currents in Europe, too, and an anti-evolution movement that is even less homogenous than the one in the US.” 3
John Lennox, a professor in Mathematics at the University of Oxford, has debated Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens concerning the existence of God. Dr. Lennox has lectured all over Europe and said this concerning evolution, “The unimaginable complexity of living systems and their regulatory mechanisms revealed to us by molecular biology surely bears the hallmark of designing intelligence every bit as much, if not more, than the fine-tuned physical universe on which these mechanisms ultimately depend.” 4
Finally, one more example of a European creationist, Alister McGrath, author of several books, who also holds a PhD in molecular biophysics, a degree from Oxford, and resides in the United Kingdom wrote, “Atheism, I began to realize, rested on a less-than-satisfactory evidential basis. The arguments that had once seemed bold, decisive, and conclusive increasingly turned out to be circular, tentative, and uncertain.” 5
I hope I am making my point clear. Don’t believe everything you hear from Bill Nye. To suggest that those ignorant conservative Christians in the United States hold the market on criticism of evolution is absurd. You think I am reading between the lines? Continue watching the Youtube video, he says toward the end, “Don’t make your kids do it, [deny evolution]. We need them. We need scientifically literate voters and tax payers for the future.” 6
So if you don’t believe in evolution, you are unscientific and illiterate. Not only that, you will vote for the wrong people in office and be a member of some kind of political party who is incapable of making an informed decision. Probably the same political party that is homophobic, anti-choice, and pro-gun, would like to see prayer back in schools, and actually believe America, despite its faults, has a pretty good thing going with the Constitution. This mind set is not unique to Bill Nye. Evolutionists everywhere make the claim that if you don’t believe in evolution, you are foolish, ignorant, uneducated, and a Bible thumping religious fanatic, who has no business influencing or educating our youth of today.
Let’s take a moment here and define evolution so we are all on the same page. There are three basic definitions when we are talking about evolution.
1. Change over time.
2. Micro evolution (Changes within a species. For example, the different breeds of dogs.)
3. Macro evolution (Changes from one species to another species. For example, from a snake to a rabbit.)
I have no problem with evolution defined in its most basic sense, that is change over time. As I look in the mirror to shave I see evidence of change over time as the few gray hairs I once had have multiplied at an alarming rate. Nor do I have issue with Micro evolution, which by the way, is often the examples science books give. Quite misleading if you ask me. Science books commonly explain evolution and then the evidence they give for Macro evolution are actually examples of micro evolution. Darwin’s finches are an example of Micro evolution.
Evolution, to some degree, can explain the diversity of life, not the creation of life. The Stanley Miller experiment in the 1953 that most adults reading this post will remember from their High School science books, was touted as having created life in the lab. That is, life from non-life. This experiment has been disproved time and time again. Other examples that evolutionists share are Darwin’s tree of life, Ernst Haeckel’s drawings of embryos, (see my post concerning Haeckel’s Embryos) and the missing link, archeopteryx.
It is a wide spread misconception that evolution is strongly supported by the fossil record, when quite the opposite is true. Evidence for definition three, Macro evolution, has little, if any, confirmation within the fossil record. Darwin himself, (another European I might add), wrote this in The Origin of Species, “The number of intermediate varieties, which have formerly existed on the earth, [should] be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.” 7 Darwin recognized the lack of evidence in the fossil record, but the public impression, fed by the media, claims Darwinian Evolution is the answer to the diversity of life on earth. This assumption is made all the more ludicrous when evolutionists cannot supply an answer to how life even began. How do you get life from non-life? Order from disorder? Christians could even give evolutionists Macro evolution on a silver platter, with all the pomp and circumstance of the crowning of a new king, but then ask the newly crowned king, “How did it all begin?” The room would fall silent for lack of an answer.
In 2001, hundreds of scientists gathered to let the world know one thing. There were molecular biologists, engineers, chemists, geologists, astrophysicists, anthropologists, zoologists to name a few. Their doctorates came from Cambridge, Standford, Cornell, Yale, Berkley, Purdue and others. Also staff from Plasma Physics Lab at Princeton, National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, Los Alamos Lab, and the Lawrence Livermore Lab. They published a two page ad in a national magazine titled, “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism.” They are skeptical of evolution and encourage everyone not to accept it as a fact. 8
Most of you know that I teach for a living and have for years. I can promise you when I teach science in the classroom, I will be sure to share my views with my students. I will point out the short comings and unanswered questions Darwinian evolution cannot answer. Despite what the media reports, despite what high profile figures such as Bill Nye say about evolution, and despite the hold Darwinists have on the minds of our youth in the form of curriculum in the public schools, I will continue to share a view point that will be counter to what most will teach. Since when was morality dictated by popular opinion? Dan Story wrote in his book, The Christian Combat Manual, “Creationists are not afraid of evolution. In fact, most creationists prefer that students also be taught evolution because when the two models are compared, it become clear that creation better accounts for the scientific data.” 9
Some of you may have heard of Anthony Flew, an atheist since he was in his teens, a British philosopher out of Oxford, author and debater, who in the last few years of his life became a believer in God. Flew said, “It is simply out of the question that the first living matter evolved out of dead matter and developed into an extraordinary, complicated creature of which we have no examples. There must have been some intelligence.” 10
I am not the fan of Bill Nye I used to be, as I have begun to look a little more critically at his comments and lectures. Since I have been in education, I have watched dozens of his film clips with my students, educating youth on the particulars of science, all the while making the process funny, entertaining, and interesting. As talented as Bill Nye is, he does not have the market on truth and wisdom. Even a clown who entertains children on a daily basis, who has made thousands of children laugh and smile, will not know what is best for your children. Neither will Bill Nye The Science Guy. Yes, we need scientific and literate voters for the future, but teaching them creationism will not subtract from their education, intelligence, or ability to pay taxes. I would say stick to teaching science Bill Nye and stay out of politics, but I am not sure he even has a good grip on the science end of things if he thinks teaching Darwinian Evolution is necessary for intelligent, literate voters.
1. Big Think. “Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children. Online Video Clip. YouTube, 23 Aug. 2012 Web. 13 July. 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHbYJfwFgOU
2. Butt, Riazat. “Migration is spreading creationism across Europe, claims academic.”The Guardian. Guardian.co.uk, 13 November 2009. Web. 15 July 2013
3. Lubbadeh, Jens. “Contesting Evolution: European CreationistsTake On Darwin.” Spiegel Online International. Spiegel.de, 25 February 2009. Web. 15 July 2013
4. Lennox, John. God’s Undertaker Has Science Buried God? Oxford: Lion Books, 2009. Print.
5. McGrath, Alister. “Breaking the Science-Atheism Bond.” Beliefnet. Beliefnet.com, 2005. 17 July 2013.
7. Darwin, Charles. World’s Classics Edition, Oxford,Oxford University Press, 1985. Print.
8. Strobel, Lee The Case for a Creator Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. Print.
9. Story, Dan. Christian Combat Manual Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2007. Print.
10. LeBlanc, Douglas. Atheists and Theists Analyze Antyony Flew’s Newfound Deism. Christian Research Institute. Equip.org, 11 June 2009. Web. 17 July 2013.