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Ovation: Bill Nye, The Science Guy, And Evolution.


Growing up, my family attended church services in a beautiful old building that was originally constructed in 1873.  Twenty years later, the congregation received a donation that allowed them to construct a newer building made of limestone and I thought that old church building was simply fantastic.  There was a narrow staircase that led to the sacristy where it felt like being “backstage” because the area was out of sight behind the sanctuary.  This is where the choir would wait for the appropriate time to enter or the altar boys would wait with their candles.

But beyond that, a bit further from the sanctuary, was a larger room.  Possibly intended for use as storage space, over the years it had become the room where children would meet each Sunday morning for Sunday School.  The room was littered with tiny chairs that were easy to arrange into a semi-circle when needed, and tiny tables for when the lesson called for coloring.  The teacher was “Aunt Vi” who was there every Sunday that her health would allow until her passing.  It was in this old room, upstairs in that old church, where my friends and I learned the story of Adam & Eve.

Those same friends and I also went to the local public school where we had many classes together including science lessons with Mr. Frank.  It was in these classes that we learned many things including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection.  And we never questioned the validity of anything we learned from Aunt Vi or from Mr. Frank.  We were able, as children, to accept and understand both theories.

A recent Gallup Poll showed 46% of Americans believe in creationism, 32% believe in evolution guided by God, and 15% believe in atheistic evolution.  Famed television scientist Bill Nye, “The Science Guy”, has spoken out against creationism claiming that it is not appropriate for children.

“Your world becomes fantastically complicated if you don’t believe in evolution.” – Bill Nye

Personally, I didn’t have a problem incorporating both creationism and evolution into my life as a child and, as an adult, I believe that parents should offer their children the opportunity to explore and study them both so that they can come to their own conclusions.

That big room in the old church is once again used for storage, as time has allowed for an addition to the building that includes many classrooms and offices.  The rooms may be newer but the lessons remain the same.

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  1. Anonymous permalink

    You’re right.
    It frustrates me tremendously when anyone thinks only their opinion should be allowed, on any front. Case in point here. How naive or hypocritical is it for anyone to say that only one or the other, creation or evolution, should be taught in schools, for example. Like you said, study it all so you can come to your own conclusion. You have to know why you believe what you believe.
    And here’s another minor pet peave curiosity to consider


  2. Anonymous permalink

    This guy is incredible. Any scientist who thinks they know it all is not a scientist. every time something new is discovered out should remind us all that we don’t know everything, and never will. Remember, the earth used to “be” flat. For anyone to say they know the answer for sure has not studied both sides.
    Also, he embarrasses himself by saying that believers of creation are unintelligent. Who founded this great country that he thinks can’t exist with the thought of creation?


  3. Creation and Evolution are not mutually exclusive. But the belief system of the evolution deniers, the science deniers, is to perpetuate acceptance rather than critical thinking.


  4. I don’t believe in creationism at all, but I honestly would not have any issue allowing my child to learn about it. That’s like saying because I play the saxophone, I’d disown my child if he/she so much as touched a violin.


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