If you recall, Bill Nye "the Science Guy" launched into a slurry of attacks against the Bible and creationism during his opening remarks and presentation, all of which have been dealt with before by Answers in Genesis, Creation Ministries International, and other creation ministries. My goal with this blog post is not to simply restate the content of these ministries' articles on the subject, but rather to point out something that perhaps has been overlooked by many who watched the debate. In fact, it wasn't until some time after watching the debate that I recognized it.
Many times during the debate, Bill Nye claimed that creation isn't scientific because it (supposedly) can't make predictions that can be tested. Ken Ham had already dealt with this claim in his debate presentation, however, Mr. Nye stuck to it, though he never gave a reason why or an explanation of why the predictions Mr. Ham gave left him "completely unsatisfied". Maybe he was just trying to make the impression that creation is unscientific.
Whatever the case, Mr. Nye's claim reveals a major contradiction in his arguments. Simply put, he relied on the fact that creation makes predictions to argue against it! Consider Mr. Nye's claim that creationists would expect to find evidence of animals attempting to escape burial in sedimentary rock layers (for example, at Grand Canyon). This is a prediction, albeit, a misrepresentation of one. He then said that no such evidence exists. Another time, he said that if the Global Flood carved the Grand Canyon (a claim which does not represent what the Creation Museum actually says), we would expect to find canyons like it all over the world. He made similar claims throughout his whole presentation. This is a subtle, but major contradiction that leaves us with one of three possibilities. Either A) creationists can make predictions, but they have "failed"; B) creationists can't make predictions, so the predictions he gave are not legitimate; or C) he's wrong on both counts.
Of course, in an atheistic worldview, like the one which Mr. Nye holds to, there should be no problem with contradictions, because it cannot account for the law of non-contradiction! According to atheistic evolution, everything came about as a result of time and chance, including our very brain. If this is the case, then why does order exist? Why does natural law exist? And why is contradiction wrong if right and wrong are really a matter of personal or majority opinion? How can science exist at all in a world produced by time and chance? How can we be sure of anything? The answer, according to Mr. Nye's worldview, is "it's a great mystery!"
But as Mr. Ham said in the debate, "there is a Book", and it tells us why contradictions are wrong. God is a God of truth and order. He made the universe and our brain, and because we are made in God's image, we have the ability to think rationally and to reason. Only within this creationist worldview can we do science consistently. So, how can Mr. Nye be "the Science Guy" if he has no rational basis for science? The "Book" answers that question too:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse." - Romans 1:18-20
Mr. Nye knows that God exists, but he is suppressing that truth. Let's be in prayer for Bill Nye and all others like him who need to believe the Gospel.
Thanks for reading.