Creationist Wisdom #277: Bill Nye Refuted

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Bristol Herald Courier of Bristol, Virginia. The letter is titled Bill Nye is wrong about creationism, evolution. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city.

The letter begins by referring to an earlier column in that newspaper which we assume was favorable toward Bill Nye’s video. If you missed the video, see Bill Nye Blasts Creationism. The letter-writer says:

This video contains no facts, only conjecture. It is nothing more than vain babbling.

Well! It looks like we found a good one. What else does he say? Here it comes:

Mr. Nye claims that evolution has all the answers to the mysteries of life, and creationism will be the downfall of scientific progress. He is wrong.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:

There are two types of evolution: 1) micro-evolution refers to adaptations and changes within a species; 2) macro-evolution is the addition of new traits or transition to a new species. …

Lordy, lordy. Micro-macro. That worthless argument seems destined to live forever. Anyway, we’ve already written about it — see Common Creationist Claims Confuted (hereinafter CCCC) — and there’s no need to repeat ourselves. The letter continues:

Creationism never hinders true science. Many renowned creationist scientists, now deceased, believed in a personal creator God and the Bible, and professed faith in Jesus Christ.

True. Before Darwin, there wasn’t much of an alternative to creationism. But the belief those men may have had in the Genesis creation account didn’t result in anything of scientific value. Nor have those beliefs produced anything since, nor will they ever. The accomplishments of science in the past have occurred in spite of scripture, and whenever there was a conflict — as with the Galileo affair — it was a disaster. Here’s more:

Here are just three things evolution can’t explain.

1. The absolute absence of transitional fossil. There just aren’t any fossils showing a creature that is part one creature and part another creature; all such claims have been proven to be hoaxes.

Aaaargh!! That’s also discussed in CCCC. Okay, that was the first of the letter-writer’s “three things.” What else has he got? Here are numbers two and three:

2. The fact of irreducible complexity. 3. The DNA molecule.

Number two is nonsense, and as for number three, the letter-writer isn’t very specific. He’s probably referring to DNA’s improbability, which is an argument we’ve also discussed in CCCC. The letter concludes, as they often do, with some scripture quotes. These passages are very popular among creationists, so we’ll quote them:

God says in Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Psalms 53:1 says: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

So there you are, dear reader. According to today’s letter-writer, Bill Nye is a fool. And in all likelihood, so are you.

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #277: Bill Nye Refuted

  1. I think we need to do some of our own quote mining, and point out that it is clearly stated in Psalms: ” there is no God”

  2. I spent my first 20 years in the Seventh-Day Adventist church, 11 years being indoctrinated, 3 years believing it, and 6 years living a lie to get along with my family and friends. The turning point came when, at the age of 14, I gained access to Encyclopedia Britanica. These were the first books I had ever seen that were not pre-approved by the church, parents, or the SDA schools I attended.

    I just want to warn all fundamentalist parents, if you want your kids to keep the faith, don’t let them near an encylopedia. A full understanding of the nature of God is the beginning of wisdom. It starts with pantheism and moves on to atheism. Ignorance is your friend. Embrace it.

  3. If we fight them on their own turf we will lose. They can endure the silliness longer than we can.

  4. …and professed faith in Jesus Christ.

    The only way to answer that is “But your Lord and Savior David Klinghoffer doesn’t, so take it up with him.”

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    “The absolute absence of transitional fossil.”

    I once had an online chat with a creationist about this subject, but he seemed to be expecting an animal that to his eye looked like two animals stitched together. A whale with a horsehead, maybe. He commented on the link I sent him on archaeopteryx that the drawings were poor quality and didn’t prove anything. Nothing about the text, or the detail of the fossils. The blinking hand drawing pictures was his problem. Good grief.

  6. Good one Anon – I plan on using that, here and there.

  7. I’m so glad I’m a fool for evolution! 🙂

  8. Please please please let that person actually live in Tennessee. Bristol, the city is in two parts, with the state line of Virginia and Tennessee literally running down the center of the city. So the paper is in Virginia. The writer, please, may live on the Tennessee side. Virginia, while having more than its share of creationists, does not hold a candle to Tennessee.