You might want to pray for Bill Nye. Although he is not as vocal an atheist as Richard Dawkins or P.Z. Myers, he is a dedicated humanist and fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Of late, Nye has become a defender of Darwinian Evolution and a vocal opponent of creationism.
His career has included a successful stint as an American science educator. He is best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator. Nye studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University where one of his professors was Carl Sagan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977. In May 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by The Johns Hopkins University. In May 2011, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Willamette University, where he was the keynote speaker for that year's commencement exercises (Wikipedia, 2012).
I can only surmise that years of indoctrination by the evolutionary faithful has convinced Nye (and other atheistic evolutionists) that this purely materialistic explanation is actually the truth. It makes sense that indoctrination, e.g. the exclusive teaching of Darwin’s theory without allowing any criticism or alternative explanations to be made, would cause many to become brainwashed. Contrary to the laws of nature, devotees of Darwin will believe that life can spontaneously arise from inorganic matter as long as the magic ingredient for billions of years of time is factored into the mix.
Whether you believe in the serendipitous molecules-to-men version of evolution or the sci-fi version where aliens seeded the universe with life as suggested by Crick and Orgel (1973) in their paper on the subject of Directed Panspermia, condemning those who believe that a creation logically requires a Creator can be somewhat amusing. It should be noted that Francis Crick, along with co-discover, J.D. Watson, were the first to receive credit for determining the double helical structure of the DNA molecule, but not without the help of the first to discover double-stranded DNA molecule, chemist and x-ray crystallographer, Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958). Crick, however, could not believe that the intricate complexity of DNA could have arisen by purely evolutionary processes. This resulted in his belief in an extraterrestrial source of the building blocks of life.
Evolutionary teaching and the Columbine connection
These evolutionary flights of fancy are paraded around as serious alternative explanations to “In the beginning God created….” Gen. 1:1, but the results of indoctrinating students with a godless and purely materialistic worldview has yielded some horrific results. It is a matter of record that one of the Columbine murderers, Eric Harris, was wearing a tee shirt with “Natural Selection” emblazoned on it. Where did Harris and Klebold get the idea that they had the right to kill their fellow students? Harris seemed to feel superior to everyone — he once wrote, “I feel like God and I wish I was, having everyone being OFFICIALLY lower than me. I already know that I am higher than most anyone in the (expletive word) world in terms of universal Intelligence, (Langman, 2009; Topo, 2009). His comments were not limited to delusions of grandeur as the this final thought indicates, “YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE!!!? Natural SELECTION!!!!!!!!! (expletive word) it’s the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms….but its all natural!!! YES! I wish the government would just take off every warning label. So then all the (expletive word) would either severely hurt themselves or DIE! And boom, no more (expletive word) (Langman, 2009).
If lessons can be learned from Harris and Klebold tragedy, perhaps school administrators should be more focused on those who are being marginalized and bullied by their peers. The gospel is a message of redemption and hope. Maybe we should stop indoctrinating students with demeaning messages gleaned from evolutionary and purely humanistic sources. It would be far better if we were more circumspect concerning what we teach our children. When we remove the biblical model of man, created in the image of God with the noble instruction to love their Creator and their fellow man, and replace it with a godless and purely materialistic model devoid of real meaning and purpose, it will not bode well for our children. Removing the Bible and prayer from public schools and replacing them with metal detectors has resulted in an increase in student on student violence and mayhem. This is a direct result (and the bitter fruit) of this godless policy. As progressively minded people twist the freedom of religion into the freedom from religion, Columbine type massacres continue. What we teach our children has serious consequences in the real world. Evidently, Bill Nye thinks teaching children that a creation requires a Creator, and that the Creator has a plan for those He has created, will damage them and others. Being a Bible believing creationist did not seem to limit Isaac Newton or Michael Faraday, Francis Bacon or Louis Pasteur adversely, but according to modern evolutionists and Bill Nye the science guy, faith in the Creator is not only bad for science it will lead civilization into a scientific dark ages.
This cautionary tale gives us another reason to pray for Bill Nye and others who think they are more intelligent and logical than those who disagree with them. Bill Nye is asking parents not to teach creationism to their children. Under the title “Creationism is Not Appropriate for Children,” Nye opines “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.” Nye continues to tell us that teaching creationism is “completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe” (NCSE, 2012). Statements like these are so far from reality that one must ask if Bill Nye and other evolutionists if they consider scientists who are creationists and/or Intelligent Design theorists, as he puts it, on par with those who believe that the earth is flat.
Is Mr. Nye oblivious to the fact that everything we observe in nature supports the biblical version of creation as recorded in the book of Genesis? He seems to be willfully ignorant that the observational evidence contradicts the evolutionary model, but supports the biblical model. Every living organism reproduces itself according to its own baramin (biblical kind) as the Hebrew Scriptures indicate. All living organisms are genetically pre-programmed by their Creator so they can fulfill God’s instructions to be fruitful and multiply. These instructions appear “in the beginning,” (Gen. 1:22 & 28), and they are repeated after the worldwide cataclysmic flood in the days of Noah, (Gen. 8:17, 9:1 & 7). They are given again with regard to the offspring of the children of Abraham, both Ishmael, (Gen. 17:20) and Isaac’s blessing of Jacob, (Gen. 28:3), God’s blessing Jacob, (Gen. 35:11), and Jacob’s blessing of Joseph and his sons, (Gen. 48:4).
Fanciful but scientific sounding “just so” stories of evolution
Instead of the observations of the scientific method, evolution offers a series of fantastical “just so” stories. These flights of fancy are woven together in an imaginative story of billions of years of history of life on planet earth. Cosmic evolution, chemical evolution and biological evolution are posited as scientific realities and the evolutionary faithful embrace these stories as if they were actually true. I would posit that Bill Nye and other dogmatic evolutionists are very well aware that the entire Big Bang scenario is entirely hypothetical in nature. Evolutionists know that the formula being presented in the Big Bang cosmology is the mother of all “just so” stories. This is the formula for primordial nucleosynthesis according to evolutionist’s best guess:
BB (Big Bang)
BB --> BBN = 1H1 + 1H2 or D + 2H3, 2H4 + 2L6 + 3L7 + 1H3 + 4Be7 + 4Be8 --> primordial cosmic
.................................. soup --> the entire observable universe
BBN (Big Bang or primordial nucleosynthesis in the first three minutes of the Big Bang)
1H2 or D (Deuterium)
2H3, 2H4 (Helium isotopes)
2L6 , 3L7 (Lithium isotopes)
4Be8 (Beryllium-8) (Wikipedia, 2012)
This seems to be the best guess from evolutionary cosmologists concerning how our universe came into being. Filling in the pieces, you have something like this:
BBN --> original elements + Time = 92 natural elements + time = the entire universe
BBN (Big Bang or primordial nucleosynthesis in the first three minutes of the Big Bang)
Original Elements (Lighter elements formed first, heavier formed later)
Time (Billions of years)
The entire universe (structured universe of galaxies, systems, stars, planets, etc.)
When you add the biological component of this “just so” story, you are left with something akin to this:
Dirt + H2O + time = first living organism --> all living organisms
Dirt (upper layer of the earth’s crust)
H2O (essential compound for carbon-based life)
Time (Approx. 3.9 to 3.5 billion years until the first microorganism appears)
All living organisms (Cambrian explosion approx. 580 million years ago to present)
If you think that this is an unfair oversimplification, I would remind you that NASA has been searching for extraterrestrial H2O since the early days of space exploration (Herath, 2010; Rowitt, 2011). Time does not permit me to elaborate on this notion that select elements from the periodic table, when mixed with water for a couple of billions of years, even with the aid of passing asteroids (Science Daily, 2012) or comets (Kluger, 2012) will inevitably morph itself into a living and self-replicating cell.
One important factor that evolutionists do not like to admit is the fact that in the 1800’s, the complexity of even the simplest microorganism was unknown to Darwin and his contemporaries. Science had not yet progressed to the point where we could peer into the complex world of intracellular biology. While evolutionary scientists love to attack creationists and intelligent design theorists when they point out the irreducibly complex nature of the smallest examples of flora and fauna, they never doubt that molecules can morph themselves into men with the help of natural selection (survival of the fittest) and the ever-illusive beneficial mutation.
Whether it is abiogenesis, biopoesis or ambiogenesis (all variations of the leap from non-living molecules to life), the odds of nature violating the Law of Biogenesis are statistically nil. Statements claiming the statistical impossibility of abiogenesis are met with vigorous denials by the evolutionary faithful. They are so dedicated to their naturalistic worldview that they denigrate Professor Hoyle’s calculations by renaming it Hoyle’s fallacy. The problem with their objections is that they fail to answer the thorny questions concerning the origin of life. Even when they propose steps the look like this (Musgrave, 1998):
Simple chemicals --> polymers --> replicating polymers --> hypercycle --> protobiont --> bacteria
It should be noted that during these initial stages of this hypothetical evolutionary process, the two major mechanisms of Darwinian theory, e.g. natural selection and beneficial mutation, cannot be invoked. The fact that evolutionists propose sequential steps in this imaginary process, does not answer the question of how life came into being. Another serious concern is that the article used most often to debunk Hoyle’s calculations, has itself been discredited (Live Link, 2012).
The concept that abiogenesis took place over numerous small steps makes the improbability even greater, especially since this is alleged to be for the most part an unguided process. While it may truly be impossible to calculate the possibility of abiogenesis, (a claim that you cannot calculate the probability of something with that many variables), others have successfully debunked the evolutionist’s major arguments in favor of abiogenesis (Patterson, 2007).
Evolutionists can hem, haw and protest loudly, but there is absolutely no evidence that this ever happened or will ever happen. While some scientists believe in abiogenesis, the evidence from thermodynamics continues to mount against it. Evolutionists oppose all such statements and characterize them as being lies (Talkorigins, 2012). How disingenuous can the evolutionary faithful be when fending off all criticism of their entirely materialistic and illogical worldview? After taking the time to summarize the history of science beginning with Anaximander, a Milesian philosopher who wrote in the 6th and 5th centuries before Christ (Talkorigins, 2012) to a list of modern evolutionary scientists and their papers on the possibility of abiogenesis (Wilkins, 2004), apologists for Darwin’s theory leave us with a lesson in philosophy. They simply state the obvious, leaving us with these two admissions: (1) that you cannot prove a negative and (2) evolutionary theory was never intended to deal with the origin of life. Well, if that were true at one time, it has not stopped evolutionary scientists from speculating on the possibility, if not the probability, of biopoiesis occurring in the far distant past. Factor in billions of years and we are back to our original formula for abiogenesis, e.g. Dirt + H2O + billions of years of time = all living organisms.
I would like to make one point that is more important. The general definition of science is:
1 : the state of knowing: knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or
2 a: a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study <the science
b: something (as a sport or technique) that may be studied or learned like
systematized knowledge <have it down to a science>
3 a: knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the
operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific
b: such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the
physical world and its phenomena: natural science
4 : a system or method reconciling practical ends with scientific laws <cooking
is both a science and an art> (Merriam Webster, 2012).
One more distinction needs to be made. We have two categories of science. One is empirical science. Most creationists used the term operational science when speaking about this category of scientific knowledge. Empiricism is the science of how things work, i.e. physics and chemistry. In contrast to empirical or observational science, have historical science. This refers to scientific knowledge that is gleaned from piecing together past events, i.e. archaeology or police forensics. A key difference between these two types of science is that theories in empirical sciences can usually be thoroughly tested in order to prove whether or not they are valid. In contrast, theories with regard to historical science cannot be tested using the scientific method; therefore, it will always have some level of assumptions and doubts.
Since the publication of Darwin’s work in 1859, the body of knowledge concerning empirical science has grown exponentially. Arrogance has accompanied man’s ability to understand how things work. This is especially true of scientists who embrace evolutionary theory. Knowing how Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) functions (and this is still a relatively new field of research) does not mean that it is part of the evolutionary process of molecules-to-men. Because we can understand the structure of the DNA molecule or the inner workings of the transcription process in the development and functioning of all known living organisms does not necessarily mean that this is an evolutionary process in the Darwinian sense of the term.
Evolutionary theory has permeated every field of scientific endeavor, therefore, we speak of cosmic evolution, chemical evolution, biological evolution, etc., and these are broken down into subcategories of evolutionary aesthetics, evolutionary anthropology, evolutionary computation evolutionary economics, evolutionary ethics, evolutionary game theory, evolutionary linguistics, evolutionary medicine, evolutionary neuroscience, evolutionary physiology, evolutionary psychology, experimental evolution, etc. If evolutionists would limit Darwin’s theory to the changes that are observable, e.g. microevolution or horizontal changes, then creationists and intelligent design theorists would not protest their monopoly on our public schools and other institutions of higher learning. However, they go far beyond what can be observed. They create polygenetic trees, imaginative pictorials that are meant to show the connections between higher life forms and their alleged more primitive ancestors. Many of them trace their origin to some undiscovered transitional organism. When cladograms or polygenetic trees depict variations among species, e.g. speciation, they can be useful tools for tracking microevolutionary changes; however, in most cases they fail to represent what we find in the fossil record. While evolutionists respond that polygenetic trees are merely predictions, models of Darwinian evolution, the reality is such that they are used extensively in textbooks and museums as evidence in support of Darwin’s theory. (Rational Wiki, 2012; Barton et al., 2010). Children, exposed to these fanciful imaginary drawings are taught they are indeed accurate representations of fact.
We all come from stardust
Nye and others seem to be in denial concerning the implications of their fantastic musings. They often glibly repeat Carl Sagan’s reflection, “we are the stuff of stars,” (Wikiquote, 2012). Did I mention that Bill Nye was a former pupil of Professor Sagan? Nye speaks fondly of his past professor and quotes him in the aforementioned video. That seems to be a common connection made by evolutionists, e.g. that the Big Bang produced stars and stars have hydrogen in them; people have hydrogen in them, ergo, people come from stars. Yes, I am oversimplifying these theories of cosmic to chemical to biological evolution, but the fact remains that evolutionists seem to be blissfully unaware that they are peddling primordial hogwash and calling it science. You can believe that slime + time = everything and then criticize all who disagree with you and label them, as Bill Nye does, unfit to vote.
When creationists believe the Genesis account, that God created man out of dirt and breathed life into him by His Holy Spirit, we are accused of being unscientific or worse. These same purveyors of evolutionary dogma are not only mute when the Bible is accurate; they become livid at the concept that we should allow children to hear this alternative explanation in the science classroom. It does not seem to matter that science confirms that our bodies contain many of the same elements found in the upper layer of the earth’s crust (not only hydrogen) and that we are essentially 60% H2O. Nevertheless, atheistic and agnostic evolutionists continue to reason, if God is involved, it cannot possibly be scientific. You can say almost anything, as long as it does not infer a Creator or Intelligent Designer.
Bill Nye went on to argue that denial of evolution is “unique to the United States.” This statement alone shows that many evolutionists are either willfully ignorant of the number of Creationists groups worldwide or, as Nye implies, they really think that those who oppose their views are a fringe group limited to only one geographical location. It took me less than ten seconds to locate a website that compiles a directory of creationist groups in the United States and worldwide (CRS, 2012). Mr. Nye is correct concerning the fact that most creationist organizations are located in the United States, e.g. 128 in total with 18 in the state of California alone. In the 28 countries listed on this website, the international creationists groups numbered 56 with at least one creationist organization in every country listed (CRS, 2012). While many of these international organizations were satellite offices of other creationist groups, Mr. Nye is simply wrong about creationism being a purely American phenomenon.
Academic freedom ends where criticism of evolutionary theory begins
It is true that the educational system in the United States is far more aggressive where the exclusive teaching of Darwinian evolution is concerned (NAS, 2008; CSI, 2008). Not only does Ben Stein’s documentary, Expelled, chronicle the dangers of conflicting with the party line where evolutionary theory is concerned, it seems that academic freedom ends where criticism of evolutionary theory begins. Many scientists have found out the hard way that disagreeing with the predominant academically correct worldview is dangerous to your career (Expelled, 2008). There are very high profile examples of brilliant scientists that have found it necessary to leave the academic community in the United States.
In addition to Fred Hoyle, another example of delegitimized, ridicules and/or ostracized scientists is Alton C. Arp. Although Dr. Arp is not one of those named in the aforementioned documentary, he is a well-respected astronomer and an expert on interacting and merging galaxies. Arp is also famous (or infamous from the evolutionary perspective) critic of the Big Bang theory. He is known for advocating a non-standard cosmology incorporating intrinsic redshift (Wikipedia, 2012). And this is where Dr. Arp ran into trouble. He challenged the assumptions concerning redshift in astronomy. For decades, redshifts have been interpreted as being proof positive that we exist in an expanding universe where redshifts correlated precisely with the distance of stars and galaxies. Arp suggested that redshift included intrinsic (redshift from within the object) as well as redshift due to movement away from earth (Hubble expansion). Arp argued that the redshift was not due to Hubble expansion or physical movement of the objects, but must have a non-cosmological or “intrinsic” origin. Arp also noted that quasars were not evenly spread over the sky, but tended to be more commonly found in positions of small angular separation from certain galaxies. This being the case, they might be in some way related to the galaxies. Arp's hypothesis is that quasars are local objects ejected from the core of active galactic nuclei (AGN). Nearby galaxies with both strong radio emission and peculiar morphologies, particularly M87 and Centaurus A, appeared to support Arp’s hypothesis (Wikipedia, 2012; Arp, 1967).
Later evidence emerged that certain heavenly objects that were in close proximity to one another were registering widely variable redshift values. This would falsify the evolutionary principle that redshift is a good indicator of distance. Because Big Bang cosmology stands or falls on the premise that it took place 15 or so billion years ago, evolutionary cosmologists and Big Bang enthusiasts hotly contested Dr. Arp’s conclusions. Funding for his work was withdrawn as noted in the following excerpt from the Time-Life series:
“The astronomical community reacted harshly and not entirely rationally. Most astronomers dismissed Arp's views out of hand; suggesting that the supposed connections were optical illusions produced by chance alignments. Some even went so far as to impugn his integrity by remarking that most of the evidence of physical associations between objects of different redshifts came from photographs produced by Arp himself. [In each instance, he gave exact locations; the dissidents could verify the evidence if they had wished to do so.]
“A few eminent supporters, including the renowned astrophysicist Geoffrey Burbidge, made impassioned pleas for everyone to keep an open mind, but to no avail. In 1983, Arp was to suffer the indignity of being barred from the tools of his trade. Caltech's telescope allocation committee decided that his line of research was not worthy of support and that he would receive no more time for this work at the telescopes of the Mount Wilson and Palomar observatories.
“Arp refused to take up more conventional studies simply to please the committee; instead, he chose to leave Caltech for a position at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, where he continued to pursue his ideas. Referring to his abrupt and ignoble ouster, Burbidge later wrote, 'No responsible scientist I know, including many astronomers who were strongly opposed to Arp's thesis, believes justice was served,’” (Time Life, Cosmic Mysteries, 1990).
After working for Caltech at the Palomar Observatory for 29 years, Dr. Arp joined the staff of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany. Caltech’s loss became the Planck Institute’s gain. Still, there is mounting evidence that Dr. Arp’s findings falsify evolutionary cosmology (Scott, 2012; Arp, 1998; Myers, 2001). While evolutionists characterize the account of creation in the Hebrew Scriptures to be a myth, they present as fact a story that begins 13.75 ± 0.11 billion years ago. What is not told to the general public is that this timeframe for the cosmic event evolutionary cosmologists label “singularity” has been pushed back dramatically over the past century. The original estimate dating back to 1919 saw the universe as infinitely old. By 1929, the estimate was a mere 2 billion years and by 1955, the age was extended to 6 billion years. By 1965, the age had ballooned to 10-25 billion years and as of 2006, they settled on an age of 13.7 billion years (NASA, 2012).
Scientists in the past who believed in the Creator
Then, according to Big Bang cosmologists, in a tiny fraction of a second an extremely hot and dense cosmic fireball expanded into everything in the universe. Modern inflation theory gives us a timeframe of lasting from 10-36 seconds after the Big Bang to sometime between 10-33 and 10-32 seconds. All of this is highly speculative and entirely theoretical in nature. If I have choose between the scenario described above or “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” in the Genesis account, I think I’ll stick with the Biblical account.
It is significant that Bill Nye is a dedicated humanist and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, (the above noted picture has him receiving this group’s “In Praise of Reason” award). This group of like-minded atheists abhor the fact that creationism is still promoted as a reasonable alternative explanation to their version of reality. Over the past 30 years, Gallup Polls have consistently shown that most Americans believe that God created them in His image and they favor teaching alternative explanations along with Darwin’s theory (Keeter, 2009). In contrast to people of faith, atheists propose a reality where there is no power greater than man. From their point of view, man is the apex of the evolutionary process, the most advanced creature that sits firmly atop the food chain. All who disagree are thought to be little more than science illiterates and/or misguided religious nuts. When modern elitists tell us that no “real” scientists believe in biblical creationism, are they being willfully deceptive. They are choosing to ignore the historical evidence of Bible believing men and women.
Scientist from the Age of Newton who believed in the Creator
- Francis Bacon (1561–1626) Empiricism & the Scientific method.
- Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) Physics, Astronomy (Heliocentrism) & Kinematics.
- Johann Kepler (1571–1630) Scientific Astronomy & Mathematics.
- Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Hydrostatics, Barometer, Theology, Mathematics & Physics. Notable ideas are Pascal's Wager, Pascal's triangle Pascal's law & theorem.
- Robert Boyle (1627–1691) Physics, Chemistry (the founder of modern chemistry), Gas dynamics including Boyle’s Law.
Just before Darwin, scientists who affirmed, “In the beginning God…”
- Isaac Newton (1642–1727) Dynamics, Calculus, Gravitation law, Reflecting telescope & Spectrum of light (wrote more about the Bible than science, and emphatically affirmed the Creator).
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) Mathematics & Theodicy. Notable ideas are Infinitesimal calculus, Monads, Leibniz formula for π, Leibniz harmonic triangle, Leibniz formula for determinants, Leibniz integral rule, Principle of sufficient reason, Diagrammatic reasoning.
- John Flamsteed (1646–1719) Greenwich Observatory Founder & Astronomy. Accurately calculated the solar eclipses of 1666 and 1668. He was responsible for several of the earliest recorded sightings of the planet Uranus, which he mistook for a star and catalogued as ‘34 Tauri.’ The first of these was in December 1690, which remains the earliest known sighting of Uranus by an astronomer.
- Carolus Linneaus (1707–1778) Botany, Biology, Zoology, Taxonomy. Notable contributions included the Biological classification system Philosophia Botanica.
- Jean Deluc (1727–1817) Geology & Meteorology.
- John Dalton (1766–1844) Atomic theory, Law of Multiple Proportions & Gas law.
Just before Darwin’s work became wildly popular, many scientists continued to believe “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” Gen. 1:1:
Just after Darwin, many still believed, “In the beginning God…”
- William Kirby (1759–1850) Entomologist (the founder of Entomology).
- Jedidiah Morse (1761–1826) Geographer.
- Benjamin Barton (1766–1815) Botanist & Zoologist.
- John Dalton (1766–1844) Father of the Modern Atomic Theory, Chemistry.
- Charles Bell (1774–1842) Physician & Anatomist.
- John Kidd (1775–1851) Chemistry & Geology.
- Humphrey Davy (1778–1829) Thermokinetics, Discovered Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Boron & Barium.
- Peter Mark Roget (1779–1869) Physician, Physiologist & Philologist. Inventor of the log-log slide rule.
- Michael Faraday (1791–1867) Physics & Chemistry, Electromagnetics & Electrochemistry, Field Theory, Generator, Faraday's laws of electrolysis, Faraday effect, Faraday cage & constant, Faraday paradox.
- Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872) Inventor of the Telegraph & Co-inventor of the Morse Code.
- Joseph Henry (1797–1878) Electromagnetic induction, inventor of the first DC Electric motor & Galvanometer.
Often apologists for Darwin tell us that many great scientists were creationists, simply because they lived prior to the publication of Darwin’s Theory, (TalkOrigins, 2005). The problem with this line of reasoning is that after Darwin’s work was received by many influential men of science, we still have many great men of science who rejected Darwin’s theory:
- Richard Owen (1804–1892) Zoology, Comparative Anatomy & Paleontology (old-earth compromiser*).
- Matthew Maury (1806–1873) Oceanography, Hydrography (probably believed in an old-earth*);
- Louis Agassiz (1807–1873) Glaciology, Paleontology, Geology, Natural History Ichthyology (old-earth compromiser, polygenist*).
- Henry Rogers (1808–1866) Geology.
- James Glaisher (1809–1903) Meteorology. He was a founder member of the Meteorological Society (1850) and the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain (1866). He was president of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1867 to 1868.
- Philip H. Gosse (1810–1888) Ornithologist & Zoology.
- Sir Henry Rawlinson (1810–1895) Archaeologist.
- James Simpson (1811–1870) Gynecology & Anesthesiology. Simpson discovered the anesthetic properties of chloroform and successfully introduced it for general medical use.
- Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert (1817–1901) Agricultural Chemistry. Accepted the directorship of the chemical laboratory at the famous experimental station established by John Bennet Lawes at Rothamsted, near St. Albans, for the systematic and scientific study of agriculture.
- James Joule (1818–1889) Physics, the First Law of Thermodynamics & Joule’s Law.
- Thomas Anderson (1819–1874) Chemistry. Discovered pyridine and related organic compounds such as picoline through studies on the distillation of bone-oil and other animal matter. Appointed Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow and remained in that post for the rest of his career.
- Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819–1900) Astronomy. Known for many innovations in astronomy and his pyramidological and metrological studies of the Great Pyramid of Giza. He investigated the spectra of the aurora, and zodiacal light. He recommended the use of the rain-band for weather forecasting and discovered, in conjunction with Alexander Stewart Herschel, the harmonic relation between the rays emitted by carbon monoxide.
- George Stokes (1819–1903) Mathematics, Physics & Fluid Mechanics. Know for Stokes' law, Stokes' theorem, Stokes line, number & shift as well as Navier–Stokes equations.
- John William Dawson (1820–1899) Geology (probably believed in an old-earth*). Known for Eozoon canadense; Hylonomus.
- Rudolph Virchow (1821–1902) Pathology, Biology & Anthropology. Considered the founder of modern pathology and one of the founders of social medicine. Known for his cell theory and is also known for elucidating the mechanism of pulmonary thrombo-embolism, coining the terms embolism and thrombosis.
- Gregor Mendel (1822–1884) Genetics. Known as the father of modern genetics. Developed the Law of Segregation and the Law of Independent Assortment, which later became known as Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance.
- Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) Microbiology, Biochemistry, Sterilization, & Immunization. Known for the Law of Biogenesis & Pasteurization.
- Henri Fabre (1823–1915) Entomology of living insects.
- William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824–1907) Thermodynamics, Energetics, Absolute temperatures, Atlantic cable (believed in an older earth than the Bible indicates, but far younger than the evolutionists wanted*).
- William Huggins (1824–1910) Astronomy & Astral Spectrometry. Best known for his pioneering work in astronomical spectroscopy.
- Bernhard Riemann (1826–1866) Mathematics & Non-Euclidean Geometries. Made lasting contributions to analysis, number theory and differential geometry, some of them enabling the later development of general relativity. Known for the Riemannian metric.
- Joseph Lister (1827–1912) Physican & Pioneer of Antiseptic Surgery. His studies are considered foundational in the replacement of the Miasma (bad air) Theory with the Germ Theory. Some consider Lister the father of modern antisepsis.
- Balfour Stewart (1828–1887) Physics & Ionospheric electricity.
- James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) Physics, Mathematics, Electrodynamics & Statistical Thermodynamics. Known for Electromagnetism, Color analysis, Kinetic & Control Theory, Maxwell's equations, Maxwell distribution, Maxwell speed distribution, Maxwell's theorem, Generalized Maxwell model & Displacement current.
- Peter Guthrie Tait (1831–1901) Mathematical Physicist &Vector Analysis. Known for the seminal energy physics textbook Treatise on Natural Philosophy, which he co-wrote with Kelvin, and his early investigations into Knot Theory, which contributed to the eventual formation of Topology as a mathematical discipline. His name is known in Graph theory mainly for Tait’s conjecture.
- John Bell Pettigrew (1834–1908) Physican, Anatomist & Physiologist. International authority on animal locomotion.
- John Strutt, Lord Rayleigh (1842–1919) Physics, Similitude, Model Analysis, Inert Gases. Known for the discovery of argon, Rayleigh waves, Rayleigh scattering, Rayleigh criterion, Duplex Theory, Theory of Sound & Rayleigh flow. Nobel Prize for Physics.
- Sir William Abney (1843–1920) Astronomy, Chemistry & Photography. Invented the “Topographic Abney Level,” a combined clinometer and spirit level, used by surveyors to measure slopes and angles.
- Alexander MacAlister (1844–1919) Physician &Anatomy. After acting as demonstrator of anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he was appointed professor of zoology, and eight years later professor of anatomy and chirurgery, at Dublin. In 1883 he succeeded Sir George Murray Humphry in the chair of anatomy at Cambridge, and held this post for thirty-six years.
- A.H. Sayce (1845–1933) Archaeologist & Philologist.
- John Ambrose Fleming (1849–1945) Physicist & Electronics. Known for Electron tube, Thermionic valve, Fleming's left hand rules for motors & Vacuum tube (Fleming valve).
* With regard to the old earth compromisers. Some scientists from this era were questioning the age of the earth, however, Maurer, Owen, Agassiz, Dawson and Lord Kelvin remained lifelong creationists and they opposed Darwin’s conclusions as being unsupported and, therefore, unscientific.
Scientists from the Modern Period who affirm the Creator
Modern evolutionists like Bill Nye want us believe that only pseudo-scientists believe in Creationism. As we have already noted, this is not the case. If they were honest, Nye and his evolutionary colleagues would acknowledge that many men and women of science with impeccable academic degrees from top institutions of higher learning are creationists or Intelligent Design theorists. Here is a brief list of creationists, many of whom were leaders in their particular field of expertise:
- Dr. Clifford Burdick (1919–2005), Geologist. Clifford Burdick primarily studied geology, mineralogy, and geochemistry at Milton College, the University of Wisconsin, and finished his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Arizona, which involved a geologic description of a mountain chain in Arizona. Burdick’s Ph.D. dissertation had taken several years to conduct. Burdick only failed his oral exams when he was very sick and the Geology Dept. review committee refused to allow it to be rescheduled or be allowed a second chance to take his oral exams. Otherwise, he would have received a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Arizona. The reality is that one of the University of Arizona oral committee professors had branded him a creationist and demanded that he be refused a degree. Years later, another one of the professors on his Ph.D. committee admitted that Burdick got raw deal and confessed that, at the time, he did not have the courage to defend him when the committee found out Burdick was a creationist.
- George Washington Carver (1864–1943) Botanist & Inventor. Carver's reputation is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, which also aided nutrition for farm families.
- L. Merson Davies (1890–1960) Geology & Paleontology. He held both a Ph.D. and D. Sc. in geology.
- Douglas Dewar (1875–1957) Barrister & Ornithologist.
- Howard A. Kelly (1858–1943) Gynecology. He was one of the Big Four founding professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Kelly is credited with establishing gynecology as a true specialty in the practice of medicine.
- Paul Lemoine (1878–1940) Geology. From 1908 to 1919 he was head of the Géologie au Laboratoire Colonial in Paris. During this time period, he also taught classes in geology at the Ecole spéciale d'Architecture (1909-1920). Following the retirement of Stanislas-Étienne Meunier (1843-1925), he was appointed chair of geology at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (1920). From 1932 to 1936 he was director of the museum.
- Dr. Frank Marsh (1899–1992) Biology. Taught for 15 years and was chairman of the Biology department of Union College, Lincoln, NE. Marsh coined the term baramin for the Genesis “kind.”
- Edward H. Maunder (1851–1928) Astronomy. Known for the Maunder Minimum.
- William Mitchell Ramsay (1851–1939) Archaeologist. Concerning the historicity of the Book of Acts and the excellence of Luke as an historian he wrote: ‘Further study . . . showed that the book could bear the most minute scrutiny as an authority for the facts of the Aegean world, and that it was written with such judgment, skill, art and perception of truth as to be a model of historical statement’ (The Bearing of Recent Discovery, p. 85). On page 89 of the same book, Ramsay accounted, ‘I set out to look for truth on the borderland where Greece and Asia meet, and found it there [in Acts]. You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian's and they stand the keenest scrutiny and the hardest treatment.’
- William Ramsay (1852–1916) Isotopic chemistry, Element transmutation. Co-recipient long with Lord Rayleigh of the Noble Prize in Physics.
- Charles Stine (1882–1954) Organic Chemist. director of Dupont's chemical department in 924, eventually rose to the position of Vice President of Dupont.
- Dr Arthur Rendle-Short (1885–1955) Surgeon. Achieved first class honors in obstetrics, anatomy & geology.
- Sir Cecil P. G. Wakeley (1892–1979) Surgeon. In 1947, he founded the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England which he continued to edit until 1969. He was President of the College from 1949-1954 during the period of establishment of the Faculty of Anaesthesia.
- Prof. Verna Wright (1928–1998) Physican & Rheumatologist. Wright began lecturing at Leeds University for two years before becoming a Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 1964, he returned to Leeds as a consultant physician and senior lecturer, where he helped establish a specialist rheumatology unit.
- Arthur E. Wilder-Smith (1915–1995) Organic Chemistry & Pharmacology. Wilder-Smith became a professor of pharmacology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in 1963. Wilder-Smith earned three science doctorates. He was a creation science pioneer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
- Henry Morris (1918-2006) Hydrology & Hydraulic Engineering. The man considered the “father of the modern creationist movement.”
- Prof. Richard Lumsden (1938-1997) Cell Biology & Parasitology. A professor of parasitology, cell biology and dean of the graduate school at Tulane University. He trained 30 PhDs, published hundreds of scholarly papers, and was the winner of the highest award for parasitology.
- Thomas Barnes (1911-2001) Physicist. Honorary Sc.D. from Hardin-Simmons University, TX. He was the head of the Schellenger Research Laboratories at Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso), where he was completing a textbook on electricity and magnetism.
- Prof. Terry Hamblin (1943-2012) Physician, Immunology & Hematology. Professor of Immunohematology at Southampton University, Southampton, UK.
Many men and women of science are still alive today who reject evolutionism in favor of creationism. Some of those listed were dedicated evolutionists until they were challenged to examine the evidence themselves. Time permits only a brief list of the tens of thousands of men and women who have terminal academic degrees in the sciences and who believe, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
- Raymond V. Damadian. Physican & Inventor. Dr. Damadian is the inventor of the first Magnetic Resonance machine (MRI). He has received numerous awards and prizes including the Lemelson-MIT Prize Program bestowed its $100,000 Lifetime Achievement Award on Damadian as “the man who invented the MRI scanner.” He went on to collaborate with Wilson Greatbach, one early developer of the implantable pacemaker, to develop an MRI-compatible pacemaker. The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia gave its recognition of Damadian's work on MRI with the Bower Award in Business Leadership. He was also named Knights of Vartan 2003 “Man of the Year.” He received a National Medal of Technology in 1988 and was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1989 (Wikipedia, 2012). He was snubbed by the Nobel committee for his creationist views when they willfully left his name out of the award for the MRI in 2003. Although three recipients can be named, only two later inventors were credited.
- E. Theo Agard. Medical Physics. Former director of medical physics at Flower Hospital Oncology Center, Ohio. In 1993, Dr. Agard was elected to the national board of directors of the Health Physics Society.
- James Allan. Genetics. Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has researched the genetics of fruit flies, snails, chickens, dairy cattle, and fish, and taught students quantitative and population genetics, particularly in its application to the breeding of animals.
- Steven A. Austin. Geology & Creation Geophysics. Ph.D. from Penn. State University.
- John Mann, Agriculturist, biological control pioneer. Awarded M.B.E. for scientific work on controlling the spread of the prickly pear cactus in Australia.
- Larry Butler. Biochemist. Ph.D. from UCLA. Professor of biochemistry at Purdue University.
- Geoff Barnard. Immunology & Immunochemistry. Ph.D. University of London. Research scientist, a Senior Research Fellow, and a senior lecturer (equivalent of a professor in the United States) in various universities in the United Kingdom and around the world. He has been a visiting research scientist at the Weizmann Institute, Israel. His specialty is immunology/immunochemistry. He is currently (2005) Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Veterinary Science, University of Cambridge, UK.
- Donald James Batten. Plant Physiology. Ph.D. University of Sydney. Research horticulturalist and Senior Research horticulturalist at NSW Agriculture, Tropical Fruit Research Station, Alstonville, New Zealand.
- John Baumgardner. Geophysics & Astrophysics. Ph.D. from UCLA. Expert in supercomputer modeling of plate tectonics.
- Prof. Edward A. Boudreaux. Chemistry. Ph.D. in chemistry from Tulane University. Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Prof. Linn E. Carothers. Mathematics. Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Associate Professor of Statistics at the Masters College and the University of Southern California.
- Robert W. Carter. Marine Biology. Ph.D. from the University of Miami. Senior Scientist for the Creation Ministries International.
- Prof. Sung-Do Cha. Physics. Ph.D. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, South Korea.
- Prof. Eugene F. Chaffin. Physics. Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Professor of Physics, Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA.
- Choong-Kuk Chang. Genetic Engineering.
- Prof. Donald Chittick. Physical Chemistry. DMV from Washington State University. Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Past Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences at George Fox University in Oregon, and adjunct professor of chemistry at the Institute for Creation Research in Dallas, TX.
- Prof. Chung-Il Cho. Biology Education. Biology department at Chonnam National University, South Korea.
- Dr. John M. Cimbala. Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. Professor of mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
- Dr. Harold Coffin. Paleontology. Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Currently on staff with the Earth History Research Center, at Southwestern Adventist University, where he serves in the fields of paleobotany and sedimentology. He also served as the editor of Geoscience Reports, a journal by the Geoscience Research Institute.
- Dr. Bob Compton. DVM & Physiology. Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- Dr. Ken Cumming. Biology. Ph.D. from Harvard. Former faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, and Western Wisconsin Technological Institute at La Crosse. Dean of the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School.
- Prof. Malcolm Cutchins. Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aerospace Engineering. Emeritus professor of engineering at Auburn University at Auburn, AL.
- Prof. Chris Darnbrough. Biochemist. Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. Working in the field of molecular biology, most recently as a Research Fellow in the Departments of Biochemistry at Glasgow University, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Cambridge.
- Dr. Nancy M. Darrall. Botany. Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
- Prof. Bryan Dawson. Mathematics. Ph.D. from the university of North Texas. Associate professor of mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Union University, TN.
- Prof. Douglas Dean. Biological Chemistry. Ph.D. University of Kansas School of Medicine. Robert W. Rounsavall, Jr. and Gretchen C. Rounsavall Endowed Chair in Ocular Molecular Biology University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.
- Prof. David A. DeWitt, Biology, Biochemistry & Neuroscience. Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Director, Center for Creation Studies Chair, Department of Professor of Biology at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.
- Prof. Don DeYoung., Astronomy & Atmospheric Physics. Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Chair of the Department of Physical Science and Mathematics at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.
- Dr. Geoff Downes. Plant Physiologist. Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne. Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.
- Robert H. Eckel. Physican & Medical Researcher. Professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics, and program director, General Clinical Research Center, at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
- Dr. André Eggen. Geneticist. Ph.D. in Animal and Molecular Genetics from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.
- Prof. Dennis L. Englin. Geophysics. Ed.D. the Univesity of Southern California.
- Prof. Danny Faulkner. Astronomy & Astrophysics. Ph.D. in astronomy from Indiana University. Associate professor at the University of South Carolina, Lancaster, where he teaches physics and astronomy; Full professor of astronomy/physics and Chair of the Division of Math, Science, Nursing & Public Health at USC Lancaster.
- Prof. John C. Sanford. Plant Geneticist & Inventor. Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics, University of Wisconsin. Professor at Cornell University Between 1980 and 1998, he was assistant professor and then associate professor of Horticultural Science at Cornell University. Post retirement Sanford continues at Cornell as a courtesy associate professor. He held an honorary Adjunct Associate Professor of Botany at Duke University. Sanford has published over 70 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
- Prof. Horace “Skip” Skipper. Ph.D. Soil Biochemistry, Oregon State University. Professor Emeritus, Soil Microbiology at Clemson University.
- Prof. Gerald “Jerry” Bergman. An adjunct associate professor at Medical University of Ohio and also teaches biochemistry, biology, chemistry and physics at Northwest State Community College in Ohio.
- Prof. James Allan. Genetics. Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, former senior lecturer in genetics at the University of Stellen Bosch in South Africa.
- Walt Brown. Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT. West Point graduate who directed the Benet Laboratories, a 450-person research and development laboratory, was Chief of Science and Technology Studies at the Air War College, and was a tenured professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
- Prof. Stuart Burgess. Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D. from Brunel University, London. Professor who has taught engineering design at Cambridge University and Bristol University. He has carried out spacecraft design for the European Space Agency. In 1993 he received the Turners Gold Medal for the design of the solar array deployment mechanism on the $2.5 billion ENVISAT satellite.
- Lowell Coker. Microbiology and Biochemistry. Ph.D. in from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has received five U.S. patents and authored numerous technical papers in his field; retired after 40 years as a scientist of industrial research specializing in enzyme systems.
- John Doughty. Physics. Ph.D. in physics from the University of Arizona. A member of the original group of scientists who worked on chemical lasers at which is now the Air Force Research Laboratory.
- Prof. Dwain Ford. Chemistry. Ph.D. in from Clark University, MA. Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Andrews University, MI.
- Prof. Wayne Frair. Biology & Biochemical Taxonomy. Ph.D. from Rutgers. Professor emeritus of biology at the King’s College, PA.
- Duane Gish. Biochemistry. Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Worked for many years in pharmaceutical research at Cornell University Medical College, virus research at University of California, Berkeley and the Upjohn Company. He was one of the founders of the Creation Research Society (1963) and the Institute for Creation Research (1972).
- Prof. D.B. Gower. Biochemistry. Ph.D. in biochemistry and D.Sc. from the University of London. Emeritus professor of steroid biochemistry at the University of London.
- John Grebe. Chemistry. D.Sc. from Case Institute of Technology (now part of Western Reserve University), former director of Dow Chemical Company Physical Chemistry Research Laboratories.
- Stephen Grocott. Organometallic Chemistry. Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia. General manager of Research and Development, Southern Pacific Petroleum.
- Prof. George Javor. Biochemistry. Ph.D. from Columbia University, NY. Professor of Biochemistry at the School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, CA.
- Prof. Dean H. Kenyon. Biophysics. Ph.D. from Stanford University. Did post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, at Oxford and NASA. He was a professor of biology at San Francisco State University from 1966 until he retired as professor emeritus.
- John Kramer. Biochemistry. Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Completed three years of post-doctoral studies as a Hormel Fellow at the Hormel Institute and as an NRC Fellow at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Kramer has identified, characterized and synthesized the structure of numerous food, bacterial, and biological components and has published 128 refereed papers and numerous abstracts and book chapters.
- Prof. Andrew McIintosh. Combustion Theory. Ph.D. from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK and D.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Wales. A Reader in Combustion Theory, Department of Fuel and Energy, University of Leeds, U.K.
- John Marcus. Biological Chemistry. Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Research officer at the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Plant Pathology, University of Queensland, Australia.
- John Rankin. Mathematical Physics. Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, La Trobe University, Australia.
- Jonathan Sarfati. Physical Chemistry. Ph.D. from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, research scientist for Answers in Genesis.
- Prof. Timothy Standish. Biology & Public Policy. Ph.D. from George Mason University. Associate professor of biology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
- Bert Thompson. Microbiology. Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Former professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M, where he also served as the Coordinator of the Cooperation Education Program in Biomedical Science.
- Ker Thomson. Geophysics. D.Sc. from the Colorado School of Mines. Former director of the U.S. Air Force Terrestrial Sciences Laboratory.
- Prof. Walter Veith. Zoology. Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town. Professor and chair of the Department of Zoology at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.
- Prof. Keith Wanser. Condensed Matter Physics. Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Professor of physics, California State University, Fullerton.
- Prof. A.J. Monty White. Gas Kinetics. Ph.D. from the University College of Wales, dean of students office, University of Cardiff, UK.
- Prof. Henry Zuill. Biology. Ph.D. from Loma Linda University, CA. Professor of biology at Union College in Lincoln, NE.
Time does not permit me to list all of the scientists with Ph.D.’s from accredited academic institutions who believe the Genesis account to be accurate. They fully understand the Theory of Evolution and they find it to be incorrect (Faraday Institute, 2012; Discovery Institute, 2012).
In the video, Nye, a mechanical engineer, compares young earth creationists to those who would continue to believe the earth is flat. This is a common accusation intended to characterize creationists as believing absurdities. When asked why, Mr. Nye falls back on the old excuse that he and his fellow evolutionists have not done a good job in teaching evolution to their students (Gilgoff, 2012). All excuses aside, the short list of modern creationists with impeccable academic pedigrees is evidence against Mr. Nye’s sarcastic and insulting attempt to connect Bible believing creationists with the now debunked concept of a flat earth.
Nearly 150 years later, most people still believe, “In the beginning God…”
According to CNN, data collected by the Gallup Poll throughout the past three decades show that a majority of Americans do not believe in atheistic evolution:
In June [the Gallup Poll] released its latest findings, which showed 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God and 15% believed in atheistic evolution. During the 30 years Gallup has conducted the survey, creationism has remained far and away the most popular answer, with 40% to 47% of Americans surveyed saying they believed that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years (Merica, 2012).
Nye went on to say the denial of evolution can be harmful to young people and urged adults who believe in creationism to allow their children to be open to the exploration of other ideas:
I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live 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 (Nye, 2012).
It is here that the elitism and pride of Mr. Nye is revealed for all to see. If you disagree with him, you are scientifically illiterate and of little value. Perhaps he wants people to take an evolutionary litmus test to see if they agree with him before they vote. In my opinion, it is the indoctrination of evolutionary teaching in the life of Bill Nye that causes him pontificate that a denial of Darwin’s Theory is “completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe.” The facts are exactly the opposite. What we see all around us, with very few exceptions, supports the Genesis account of creation.
When you deny the Creator, you are also denying the Savior, Col. 1:16-21. The pride of men causes them to remain in darkness, spiritually blind. They cannot see the obvious testimony of the Creator in His marvelous creation. They remain ignorant to the truth that is revealed in God’s Word. The Bible repeatedly confirms this truth through numerous authors, Surely, He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble, Prov. 3:34; James 4:6; I Peter 5:5. It seems that Bill Nyes prideful statements put him in jeopardy where God’s grace, (unmerited favor revealed in the gospel), is concerned. The good news in all of this is that God understands that the pride of man is an obstacle where the gospel is concerned. For this reason, God often allows humbling circumstances to take place in a person’s life. These obstacles are beyond a person’s ability to overcome, they are beyond his or her control so they are incapable of solving these problems on their own. It is God’s desire that these seemingly insurmountable obstacles will cause them to seek the Messiah, Hosea 5:15, and His righteousness, Matt. 6:33.
God is not mocked; man will inevitably reap what he sows, Gal. 6:7. That said, it is the Creator’s desire that none perish including the Bill Nye’s of this world. That is why God patiently waits for people to come to the place of repentance, II Peter 3:9, that they might change their thinking concerning who God is and who they are in His sight. Then they would come to God with a godly sorrow, forsaking the false gods of evolutionary science and all efforts to establish their own self-righteousness through good deeds, Is. 64:6. Only then will their blind eyes begin to see, their deaf ears will be opened, and they will embrace the Creator and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth.
Submitted by Steven Rowitt, Ph.D.
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Picture Information: Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Executive Director of The Planetary Society received the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's “In Praise of Reason” Award at CSICON 2011 in New Orleans, LA, USA. 28 October 2011 By B.D. Engler.