In the latest issue of a widely-circulated science magazine, Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy’ defiantly defends his evolutionary beliefs and says that even if he ends up ‘going to Hell,’ it still won’t prove that the earth is young.
As previously reported, Nye debated Answers in Genesis (AiG) president Ken Ham earlier this year in a historic creation/evolution debate that was viewed by millions. Two months after the debate, Nye attacked Ham’s biblical creation beliefs in an opinion column published by Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
“I held strongly to the view that [the debate] was an opportunity to expose the well-intending Ken Ham and the support he receives from his followers as being bad for Kentucky, bad for science education, bad for the U.S., and thereby bad for humankind,” Nye wrote in the Skeptical Inquirer column. “I do not feel I’m exaggerating when I express it this strongly.”
In the column, Nye asserted that his evolutionary beliefs are founded on “elementary science and common sense.”
“I did my best to slam Ken Ham with a great many scientific and common sense arguments,” Nye boasted. “I believed he wouldn’t have the time or the focus to address many of them.”
Now, several months after the Skeptical Inquirer commentary, another magazine is spotlighting Nye’s anti-creation views. In a front page story titled “Bill Nye Fights Back,” the September issue of Popular Science describes Nye’s evolutionary beliefs and his perspective on the February debate with Ham.
“Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to Hell,” Nye told Popular Science. “Even if I am going to Hell, that still doesn’t mean the Earth is 6,000 years old. The facts just don’t reconcile.”
The Popular Science article, subtitled “How a mild-mannered children’s celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging,” features images of “the Science Guy” throwing punches at the camera. Nye says his goal in debating Ham earlier this year was simple: “I want[ed] to destroy him.”
During the debate with Ham, Nye repeatedly claimed that technological developments would not be possible if everyone believed in biblical creation. He reiterated these allegations in the Popular Science article, saying evolutionary “science” makes technology possible.
“We would not have this, all this, without the body of knowledge of science,” he asserted. “And to have people suppress that, ignore that, it’s certainly their First Amendment right, but it’s not in our best interest. And I don’t just mean the people of Kentucky or America, I mean humanity.”
AiG quickly countered Nye’s claims and accused Popular Science of promoting humanism instead of science.
“Popular Science has long been known for featuring the newest inventions and the latest electronic gadgets, and for looking at potential breakthroughs in technology,” wrote AiG’s Troy Lacey in a recent online article. “But, in recent years, they have been diving into more and more religious topics by pushing the religion of secular humanism.”
Lacey argued that Nye and Popular Science present a false dichotomy between faith and human reason or “science.”
“Both Ken Ham and Bill Nye use reason—the difference is that Bill Nye believes we can use autonomous human reasoning to determine our worldview concerning origins, whereas Ken Ham uses reason with God’s word (the Bible) as the foundation, for using this reason to develop his worldview,” the article states.
In a second article, Lacey rebuts Nye’s argument that evolutionary beliefs are necessary for technological advancements.
“The topic of origins has nothing to do with developing technology (except that anyone developing technology has to accept that the laws of nature and laws of logic that can only be accounted for within a Christian worldview),” he argues. “Actually, it is the belief in naturalistic evolution that will hold the population back!”
According to Lacey, the Popular Science article is an attempt to exalt secular humanism and denigrate Christianity.
“This is not ‘Popular Science’ but propaganda,” Lacey concluded.