Bill Nye the Naturalist Guy
by Alan Anderson ·
I grew up, like many of us, watching Bill Nye the Science Guy in school. In fact, I have many good memories of watching Bill Nye as a youth. As long as I could remember, my friends and I always preferred to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy rather than doing other schoolwork during class if given the opportunity. It was both funny and educational. I’ve even allowed my own kids to watch some of Bill Nye’s programs because they are genuinely informative in many regards. The truth is, regardless of whether Christians want to admit it; Bill Nye is a good communicator of science. Some people may disown me after reading this but I sincerely feel he has genuinely done many children a valuable service by making science fun and possibly provoking an interest in science that they otherwise wouldn’t have had. So, in that regard, I tip my hat to Bill Nye as a science educator.
Bill Nye has expressed some opinions about creationism that has upset a lot of people, mainly Christians. Above is the video that stirred up a fuss among the Christian community because he said the following,
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.
Clearly, he places an extraordinary amount stock in the evolutionary theory. He made the following comment concerning how strongly he feels towards evolution and how completely lost we would be without it,
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s like, it’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.
He’s been explicit in his critique of young earth creationism during the debate he had with Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. However, Nye hasn’t made any explicit critiques of any other creation models (Old Earth Creationism, Theistic Evolution, etc…) outside of his broad stroke endorsement of naturalism. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he stated that he considers himself an agnostic and responded to the question, ‘Do you believe in God?’ with ‘as we say, you can’t know!’ I’m not sure who the ‘we’ is in his response but he obviously believes that he’s in a club with other scientists who share the same sentiment. When questioned on the matter further Nye stated, “the idea that there is a plan for everyone and this deity has this all worked out and is really directing things is an extraordinary claim that I find troublesome.”
Knowing Nye a little further from these dialogues, we begin to discover more about his worldview and why he may be so passionate in his endorsement of evolution…
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