On February 4th 2014 an evolution vs. creation debate featuring Bill Nye and Ken Ham was held at the Kentucky Creation Museum. After the debate Matt Stopera, of the BuzzFeed staff, had asked 22 people who self-identify as creationists to write “message/question/note to the other side”. The result of this was 22 creationist questions that are very telling of their position on the subject. Although I’m a bit late to the party, I thought I would take a shot at addressing these with a couple of short answers. So… without further ado, I’m ‘hyped’, let’s do this! ;P
Q1. “Bill Nye, Are you influencing the minds of children in a positive way?”
Yes. Not only is Bill influencing those children in a positive way, but is making those children more scientifically literate, which means they’ll have a better understanding of reality. But I think the issue with this question is that the given individual thinks that acceptance of evolution is somehow a bad influence. Yet you do not see any increase in criminal activity in countries like Sweden or France, where about 80% of the population accepts evolution.
Q2. “Are You Scared of a Divine Creator?”
No. You cannot be scared of that which you do not think exists. That’s all there is to say here.
Q3. “Is it completely illogical that the earth was created mature?”
Yes, yes it is. There are vast amounts of evidence in favor of Big Bang, Evolution etc. One of the pieces of evidence for the big bang is the Cosmic Microwave Background. The evidence for evolution is the huge quantity of fossils and the distribution of these fossils in the rock strata. Of course, you could say that God planted all this evidence of the beginnings, but in that case you’ll be saying that your God is trying to deceive you.
Q4. “Does not the second law of thermodynamics disprove Evolution?”
This has been put forward as an argument against evolution so many times, that I’m literally tired of it. For those who don’t know what the second law of thermodynamics is; a law that states that a the distribution of energy in a system tends to move towards disorder. What this person is trying to say is; How can the complexity of life come about if everything is moving towards disorder? What the creationist is missing, is that this law only applies to closed systems. Earth isn’t a closed system because it acquires its energy from the Sun. So no… the second law of thermodynamics doesn’t disprove evolution.
Q5. “How do you explain a sunset if their [sic] is no God?”
I don’t mean to offend… but the stupidity of this question amazes me. I’m not even sure if I understand it. Obviously, you don’t need to understand what God is, to be able to explain a sunset. Here is an explanation of a sunset without a single mention of a God: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset
Q6. “If the Big Bang Theory is true and taught as science along with evolution, why do the laws of thermodynamics debunk said theories?
Like I said before, they don’t. If they did, Big Bang and Evolution would have been discredited a long time ago. How about actually learning what the laws of thermodynamics state instead of repeating what scientifically illiterate people like Ken Ham say?
Q7. “WHAT ABOUT NOETICS?
What this question is supposed to challenge and how it relates to evolution? I don’t know.
Q8. “Where do you derive objective meaning in life?”
You’re assuming that there is an objective meaning in life. You have the freedom to decide what your life means to you and everyone around. Your friends, your family, and even complete strangers will make of you what you make of yourself.
Q9. “If God did not create everything, how did the first single-celled organism originate? By chance?”
No, it didn’t come about by chance. The principles of natural selection describe this very well. Here is an informative (and funny), 6-minute video on the subject by the YouTube user, Potholer54:
Q10. “I believe in the Big Bang Theory… God said it and BANG it happened!”
The Big Bang theory is an informed description of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to the present date. It doesn’t actually describe what caused the Big Bang. So as long as your belief doesn’t interfere with the science behind the theory – sure, whatever makes you feel better.
Q11. “Why do evolutionists/secularists/huminists [sic]/ non-God believing people reject the idea of their [sic] being a creator God but embrace the concept of intelligent design from aliens or other extra-terrestrial sources?”
We don’t ’embrace’ the idea of alien intelligent design. But if someone asked me which is more likely, a God or an extraterrestrial life form capable of bio-engineering, I would explicitly point out that a bio-engineering, extraterrestrial lifeform is vastly more likely. We do NOT embrace the idea. In fact, we consider it highly improbable, but it’s still vastly more probable than intelligent design by a divine deity.
Q12. “There is no in between… the only one found has been Lucy and there are only a few pieces of the hundreds necessary for an “Official proof””
We have the hundreds of pieces. What you call “Official proof” is reliable scientific data. The fossil record is not the only piece of evidence that proves evolution. In fact, the genetic data of the millions of species on Earth is capable of proving evolution on its own.
Q13. “Does metamorphosis help support evolution?”
Evolution and Metamorphosis are two completely different processes.
Q14. “If Evolution is a Theory (like creationism or the Bible) why then is Evolution taught as fact.”
The meaning of the word ‘theory’ is different in science than it is in the English language. In science, first you have a hypothesis of how something works, then you attempt to prove your hypothesis by supporting it with evidence. Only if the evidence supports the hypothesis, the hypothesis becomes a theory. However, if the evidence doesn’t support your hypothesis, you must reform your hypothesis to match the evidence. A theory is fact. Creationism is more like a failed hypothesis. Except instead of changing the hypothesis to match reality, creationists imagine a new reality where their hypothesis works.
Q15. “Because science by definition is a “theory” – not testable, observable, nor repeatable” Why do you object to creationism or intelligent design being taught in school?”
I’ve explained what a theory is in the previous question. Science, by definition, is testable, observable and repeatable.
Q16. “What mechanism has science discovered that evidences an increase of genetic information seen in any genetic mutation or evolutionary process?”
In 1975, Japanese researchers have found a strain of bacteria in ponds containing waste water from a nylon factory. These bacteria were feeding on Nylon. Nylon is a man-made product invented in 1935. This suggests that they evolved the ability to consume nylon sometime after 1935, otherwise they would not be able to survive for a time period of over 4 billion years (or 6000 years as claimed by creationists). Therefore, there was an increase in genetic information.
Q17. “What purpose do you think you are here for if you do not believe in salvation?”
There is no particular purpose to anyone’s life apart from the one that they set for themselves. Have the freedom of decision on what your purpose in life is.
Q18. “We have we found only 1 “Lucy”, when we have found more than 1 of everything else?”
Lucy was from the Australopithecus genus. We have found many other examples, some of which are listed here under Notable specimens.
Q19. “Can you believe in “the big bang” without “faith”?”
Yes. We can do that for the simple fact that there is actual evidence for the Big Bang.
Q20. “How can you look at the world and not believe someone created/thought of it? It’s Amazing!!!”
I agree! The world is absolutely brilliant! I am in awe every day. Every time I learn something new about how nature works, I cannot help but be amazed at how brilliant the world is. But the feeling of amazement is far from being any kind of evidence for a creator.
Q21. “Relating to the big bang theory… Where did the exploding star come from?”
… What exploding star?
Q22. “If we come from monkeys then why are there still monkeys?”
This diagram might help:
Hopefully this answers some of the questions creationists have. I’ve attempted to answer these questions in the simplest ways possible. Apologies for a rather lengthy post, I probably could have made it shorter. Also, sorry if I made any mistakes, I’m a blogging newbie. Here is the link to the original post by Matt Stopera on his blog. If I offended someone; I did not mean to be offensive, you recognized it as offensive.