Blog Freddy — 06 February 2014

Creation DebateOn Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the leader of Answers in Genesis and founder of the creation museum, had a debate. This was another one of those Atheist vs. Christian debates. The topic of the debate was: Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era? (If you are interested in see the debate for yourself, it is up on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAyBwhiAJ8.)

While most people consider that this is another one of those science vs. religion debates, it was not. Rather, it was about Naturalism vs. Christian Theism. It was not a science debate, it was a worldview debate.

One of the things that personally sticks in my craw is when people try to equate Naturalism with science. Naturalists, naturally, don’t understand the distinction because they, out of hand, dismiss the possibility that anything exists outside of the material universe. The truth is, though, science is a methodology and Naturalism is a belief system. As Ham pointed out over and over again (and Nye never grasped), Christians can use the scientific method just as well as any Naturalist.

What was interesting to watch during the debate was that Ham understood the distinction between the two. Nye was clueless. Time and time again Nye spoke as if science and Naturalism were the same thing. And when Ham explained the distinction, it went right over Nye’s head.

This debate was a perfect illustration of why worldview understanding is so critical. Without the ability to differentiate based on worldview, Nye simply could not grasp why his beliefs are not valid. He kept insisting that Ham prove his Christian faith using naturalistic presuppositions while, at the same time, he made his own faith assertions and didn’t even realize that those assertions were based on faith. He truly believes that naturalistic presuppositions are based on science.

Folks, Nye is greatly respected in the scientific world and his point of view is in what could be considered the mainstream of modern academia. The truth is, virtually all of those who share his naturalistic beliefs have the same total lack of understanding about the faith nature of their own worldview system.

As Christians, this is the challenge we face. People only understand reality in terms of the worldview presuppositions they know. And a very large percentage of the people in America hold worldview beliefs which cause them to believe the Christian faith is a fantasy. If we ever have any intention of impacting the world for Christ, we are going to have to get serious about understanding how to bridge that gap. Simply sharing the gospel message is not enough. These Naturalists literally think that those who believe in God believe in a fairy tale. We have to be able to show them how their belief is the one that doesn’t match reality. And we can’t do it if we don’t understand the concept of worldview.

Christian discipleship training has always been important, but it has never been more important for us than it is now. And worldview training must be a part of it. In the past, it was mostly missionaries going into places where people held other worldview beliefs who had the need to grasp this topic. Now, America is dominated by non-Christian worldview beliefs. Every Christian needs this training.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy is not simply a strange curiosity – he swims in the mainstream. If we want to reach the mainstream for Christ, we are going to have to get serious about learning how to express the truth in ways which can be understood by the people who swim there.

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  1. As a Christian, you respond in two ways. 1) Know the scripture of Genesis thoroughly and connect it by context through Revelation, and 2) Respond with science that challenges this squishy Darwin natural philosophy, which is not proven fact, but merely conjecture about similarities in DNA; quote the first and second laws of thermodynamics as direct rebuttal evidence: nothing can be created from nothing or destroyed by the hand of man. Similarity is not the same thing as homogeneity, and different species cannot interbreed. Tigers and lions do not interbreed, but their cross can be reproduced in a test tube…but what are the consequences of that meddling? Do we have demonstrable proof that such crossing is safe, and why are scientists doing it? It is a God complex that society and culture cannot afford, and they create Frankensteins like GMOs that are already having devastating effects!

  2. I think this reveiw and Mohler’s both summed it up pretty well. (I think, but don’t know for sure.) I appreciate Ham for representing a Christian worldview competently. But I didn’t watch, and a number of younger Christians I know didn’t watch, because frankly, Ham and Nye aren’t viewed as very high up the food chain of experts. It was like a good D-League basketball game. Good players, but not the NBA. Its was sort of a yawn that it was going on, so many of us skipped it for some Big Bang reruns, or other daily pursuits that no matter how mundane seemed a better use of time.

    • Clark, I think you are right as far as their place on the food chain. At the same time, the only people who recognize that fact are people like yourself who actually keep up with those things. This was a big, slick production and garnered widespread notice – many who are not Christians and many nominal Christians who don’t know the difference between the NBA and the D-League. As such, I think it is important for us to pay attention in order to be able to make a statement in support of our Christian worldview while sharing a witness to those who need more explanation.

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