Bill Nye, the Pseudo-Science Guy
The likable, enthusiastic teacher once again injected humor into his television program as he went through another science experiment poking fun at himself by being a bit of a goof ball. In this way, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” endeared himself to parents and kids alike in the 1990s, mixing entertainment with science education on PBS.
But that was 20 years ago. In recent years, Bill Nye has become a crusader for evolution-only thought control in the USA, putting out video blogs ridiculing creationists. He urges parents to allow their kids to absorb the evolution message so that we can have enough engineers (?!) and “scientifically literate voters and taxpayers”. We have to remember, just because someone is a talented communicator who works well with kids does not make them trustworthy!
Bill Nye is a humanist (i.e. agnostic/atheist) “Fellow” of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry – a humanism support group founded by Paul Kurtz, the so-called “father of secular humanism”. In fact, Mr. Nye was given the title of “Humanist of the Year” in 2010 by the American Humanist Association. He is using his fame and reputation as an entertaining science instructor to pull people out of what the humanists say is the “pseudo-science of creationism”. Creation science and Intelligent Design have been specifically targeted by the humanists as “pseudo-sciences” which need to be abolished from public education – indeed, from all of society.
Let’s consider the term “pseudo-science” and what it really means. In 1 Timothy 6:20, the Bible uses the word “science” for “knowledge”, prefaced by a Greek word whose base is “pseudo”: “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called; which some professing have erred concerning the faith.”
The text makes it clear that pseudo-science, or false knowledge, is that which is in “opposition” to the knowledge of God. Opposition to faith in God is a goal of humanism. And so humanists and their allies have worked to gain preferred status for evolution over creation – to the point of excluding creation and even Intelligent Design from the public schools and universities, asserting that theirs is the true science and ours is pseudo-science. The Bible makes it clear, however, that they have it exactly backwards – evolution is a pseudo-science and creation is the truth. As the Bible says, “…the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…” (Romans 1:20).
Secular humanists, who have tried to disguise the religious nature of humanism (a nature-based religion), have also tried to redefine “science” as that knowledge only which derives from nature-based assumptions (i.e., evolution). Therefore, they say, anything that challenges evolution is not science! But as pointed out above, science is simply “knowledge” – all knowledge. They thus make a fallacious argument about “science” when they claim evolution is science and creation science is not. Or that we should not be allowed to even challenge evolution, let alone to teach science from a creationist point of view. Yet, history tells us that most of the great scientists – among them, the founders of modern science – believed in the Judeo-Christian God and saw themselves as discovering principles established by the Creator.
In a recent video blog released by Mr. Nye, he says, among other things, “When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in (evolution), it holds everybody back, really. … And I say to the grownups … don’t make your kids do it (believe in a creationist worldview) because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I’m sure, will be, it just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.”
Well, Mr. Nye, your moniker should be “the Pseudo-Science Guy”. All science and engineering, life sciences included, can be done just fine without evolution! In fact, not wasting brain power on evolution would free it to do more true science and engineering. Thousands and thousands of scientists and engineers, both now and through history, can attest that evolution is irrelevant to their field.
What I can believe is when Mr. Nye says that progressives/humanists need our kids because, as he puts it, they need “voters”. Therefore, secular humanists believe young people need to be “educated” the right way – that is, to exclude the creation alternative. Mr. Nye is wrong about the future too – “Professing to be wise they became fools” (Romans 1:22). In the end, everybody will be creationists, and it will be evolution, not creation, that “just won’t exist”!
This blog entry was written by Creation Moments Board Chairman Mark Cadwallader.