In reply to Bill Nye and Most Christians vs. Ken Ham and Creationism – Part I is the following from Jon –
Part of the issue is that we are making science square off against religion.
Don’t blame science for this problem with religion.
Some religious preachers are claiming that
evolution denialism Creationism should be taught as science.
Promotion of bad science is justifiably opposed by scientists.
Preachers should not promote bad science.
The superficial appearance of design in living things is not proof that evolution is wrong and is not proof of
intelligent design Creationism.
Science is not satisfied with the superficial.
Creationism is contradicted by almost all of science and is not even supported by most religious people.
The Inquisition threatened Galileo (a very religious scientist) with torture, forced Galileo to shut up, and placed Galileo under house arrest for the rest of his life.
Galileo showed that the real world ignores the Biblical literalists.
Science eventually prevailed, but the Biblical literalists were able to hold back science for
years decades centuries.
The Bible did not change, but many literal interpretations of the Bible evolved.
Should we change the Bible to match science?
Should we change science to match the Bible?
Should we just keep scientifically illiterate preachers out of science classrooms, so that they are less likely to embarrass themselves?
Science does not care what is revealed about the world, as long as it is true, but Creationists only care about the end justifying their interpretations of the Bible.
If Genesis said, “And God caused there to be something from nothing, and this something went “kaplowie”, and God caused the things from the kaplowie to start swirling and condensing into globs of matter, and those globs of matter hardened, and on one of those globs came forth water and land, and a microbe developed into an animal and a plant, and reproduced, and evolved into myriad forms” would that be acceptable to those that hold fast to evolution?
Changing the Bible does not change reality.
What if the Bible said, The Earth is not the center of everything?
Would Galileo’s prosecution by Biblical literalists go away?
Eventually, Biblical literalists will also admit the error of their ways about evolution.
For our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, . . ., let’s hope the Biblical literalists repent more quickly this time.
Finally, let’s say that those that understand Scripture’s “six days of creation” are mistaken, . . . .
Science makes it clear that preachers of Scripture’s “six days of creation” are mistaken.
Most people believe in God and ignore these literal interpretations of the Bible advocated by some preachers.
There is no valid evidence to support Creationism.
This is only a controversy among religious sects.
This is not a controversy among scientists.