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Did Bill Nye Tell A Huge Lie About The Fossil Layers?

I thought Ken Ham did an oustanding job in his debate with Bill Nye last week. He didn’t attempt to “prove” Creation or “disprove” Evolution through scientific facts since, as he rightly noted, no one was there, and interpretation of scientific “facts” will always be influenced by presuppositions.

Yet apparently even on the level of facts, Bill Nye told some huge lies:

During the debate, Bill Nye said that if we could find “just one” fossil that was out of place that we could change the world.

Well, apparently he is either completely ignorant or he purposely told a huge lie to the American people.

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Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He has written two books, dozens of articles, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and two children.

4 Responses to Did Bill Nye Tell A Huge Lie About The Fossil Layers?

  1. Martin says:

    Yes, was wondering about the same thing and why Ken did not say anything to that. CMI confirms the article you linked: “Nye asked a number of times, why do we not have examples of fossils mixed between layers; for instance, a mammal in trilobite layers. But to the surprise of many, ducks, squirrels, platypus, beaver-like and badger-like creatures have all been found in ‘dinosaur-era’ layers along with bees, cockroaches, frogs and pine trees. See The so-called ‘Age of Dinosaurs’ and Evolution exams and fossil fallacies.”
    http://creation.com/ham-nye-debate

    My biggest disappointment was that Nye apparently had no understanding of creation science, i.e. he was fielding old arguments that have long been refuted, ignorant of the current state of science and creationist thinking. That made the debate less worthwhile, although I guess there are a lot of people stuck at Nye’s level…

  2. mlward says:

    Nye’s statement is just an example of the current strand of doctrinaire positivistic scientism. This viewpoint is so confident that empiricism is the only way to access truth that its willing to boast in its utter neutrality. But the truth is that Nye and other contemporary scientists stand to lose a lot of things they value if they jettison evolution; Nye is not the objective, fact-processing machine that he implies by the “fine-one-piece-of-evidence” bluster.

    In fact, it’s perfectly appropriate to try to make new facts fit your model before jettisoning the model. We all do it all the time, and it’s what scientists did when soft tissue was found in a T. Rex bone a few years back. Realistically, one piece of evidence is never going to overturn an evolutionary model with so much cultural inertia inside it. It will take an accumulation of anomalies like the T. Rex bone for the model to be superseded by a new paradigm.

    I don’t know Nye; his personal epistemology may be more careful and “chastened.” But he definitely adopted the talking points of the positivists.

    (P.S. I wouldn’t call anything Nye said a “huge lie,” because that implies he knowingly told an untruth.)

  3. Jesse B. says:

    From what I saw, Nye was, both, physically and verbally stated numerous times that he’s was “troubled”. I think that’s very interesting and a good indication that the Holy Spirit may be at work.

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