My Sunday school class demonstrated today why I probably need to find a new hobby. In the course of starting a discussion of Adam Hamiltons "Why?" (a standard theodicy apologetic) our class president brought up Bill Nye's recent video "slamming" creationism. The response from those in attendance was self assured muttering about "can't combine faith and science" etc. I suppose some of those who remained silent were as uncomfortable as I was but I wanted to scream, "You can't faith away the evidence - the earth is a couple of billions years old!!!" Of course I had to hold my tongue and then sit on my hands while the class defended innocent suffering with silver-lining anecdotes. Suffice it to say, I was in a bad mood akl day after that.
This afternoon, I decided to look at the Nye video to see just how much foam was actually flung from his lips. I mean, based on the reaction, I thought that he must gone all Rush Limbaugh on them. Well here it is. Jeez, he is the calmest guy I have ever seen. He is right; teaching that the evidence of scientific investigation is of no value when it contradicts faith is to devalue the scientific enterprise as a whole. Not a good idea if you want a technologically advanced culture.
Edit: meant to say he "slammed" creationism, not evolution