Bill Nye Claims a Belief in Creationism Stifles Scientific Innovation

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is once again displaying his ignorance about the relationship between a belief in creation and scientific innovation. The following is Nye’s response to criticisms he received when he denounced creationist beliefs:

“‘If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate,’ Nye said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.”

I always tell people that if you are going to debate a position, you better understand that position as well as your own. Nye seems to have forgotten that many of the world’s greatest scientists were Christians – from Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle to Johann Kepler to Michael Faraday and a whole lot more in between. The first words of Genesis serve as the necessary foundation for science and everything else. Science is not “dismissed” by Genesis 1; the regularity of scientific inquiry is made possible when we acknowledge that a rational God made a rational cosmos.

Dr. Loren Eiseley (1907–1977), a Professor of anthropology, a science history writer and evolutionist, concluded that the birth of modern science was mainly due to the creationist convictions of its founders.

“It is the CHRISTIAN world which finally gave birth in a clear articulated fashion to the experimental method of science itself. . . . It began its discoveries and made use of its method in the faith, not the knowledge, that it was dealing with a rational universe controlled by a Creator who did not act upon whim nor inference with the forces He had set in operation. The experimental method succeeded beyond man’s wildest dreams but the faith that brought it into being owes something to the Christian conception of the nature of God. It is surely one of the curious paradoxes of history that science, which professionally has little to do with faith, owes its origins to an act of faith that the universe can be rationally interpreted, and that science today is sustained by that assumption.”1

These facts are well known to anyone who has the inclination to learn the truth, but there are few hard-core atheists who take the trouble to research the history of the relationship between the Christian religion and the origin and development of modern science. It’s there for anyone who has the guts to study the subject.

Then there are the arguments used by high profile atheists to support their claim that anybody who does not believe evolution has taken place from nothing to a full blown human is a fool and an intellectual dolt. There is nothing in our world that is analogous to the evolutionist’s molecule (never explaining where the molecule came from) to man theory.

The latest scientific theory is that everything in the cosmos evolved from nothing. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a scientific experiment done anywhere where such a claim has been demonstrated. These are the imaginings of perpetual motion machines, but today it’s considered the latest in evolutionary theory.

In 2010, the darling of everything materialistic, Stephen W. Hawking argued that the laws of physics allow for the universe to have created itself . . . from nothing. In his book The Grand Design, Hawking states: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” This is science? Laws don’t create anything.

Lawrence M. Krauss argues in a similar way in his book A Universe from Nothing that “every day beautiful and miraculous objects suddenly appear.” Krauss talks about “miracles” and Richard Dawkins, the high priest of the New Atheism, who wrote the Afterword to Krausss’ book and heaps abundant praise upon it, describes evolution as “magic” in his own book The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.

  1. Loren Eiseley, Darwin’s Centenary: Evolution and the Men who Discovered it, Doubleday: New York, 1961), 62. []