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Creationist Battle With Neil deGrasse Tyson of Cosmos Is Humiliating For America

Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a premise to be true. Belief is closely related to faith that is confidence in a person, deity, or religious dogmata absent of facts. Faith is often a synonym for hope, and hope is relevant to any discussion of religion because without a shred of proof a religion’s dogma is true, its adherents can only hope they are not being deceived by teachings with no basis in fact. Young children believe a kindly senior citizen from the North Pole who makes an overnight visit to every child on Earth, and even as they start suspecting Santa Claus is a myth they still hold out hope he is real. Obviously hope, belief, and faith are no substitutes for facts, and yet there is a large segment of Americans that contend without reservation their religious beliefs are immutable and unquestionable truths uttered from their deity’s lips.

The ongoing, and one-sided, battle between creationist Ken Ham of “Answers in Genesis” notoriety and highly-regarded astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of Fox’s Cosmos is humiliating for America because Ham typifies the right wing evangelical Christian ignorance founded on ancient mythology. Dr. Tyson is not involved in Ham’s battle because one thing he likely learned early in life is that it is futile for a scientist to dialogue with religious fanatics who base their arguments on factless faith. Each episode of the scientific series brings a new charge from Ken Ham, and it is apparent that his primary target is not Neil deGrasse Tyson or Cosmos, but science itself.

Each week without any “answers in Genesis” to support his claim that Cosmos and Tyson are wrong about the Universe, age of the Earth, or why evolutionary theory is fact, Ham resorts to Republicans’ Koch brother tactic of questioning the veracity of scientists. If Ham could find the “answers in Genesis” he claims repudiate science or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s empirical data to back up facts supported by peer-reviewed scientific research, he certainly would have presented them by now. Despite offering no facts to support his creationist sophistry except “bible,” it has not stopped Ham from weekly assertions that science is fraudulent because, like every good scientist, Tyson readily admits science, by nature, is an evolving process and does not have all the answers. That is the primary difference between science and devotees of the creation myth; creationists claim to have all the answers because god.

After the first Cosmos episode, creationists led by Ham demanded the program give equal time to young Earth creationists who were livid that Tyson dared assert the Universe and life on earth started without god. Of course, giving the ignoramus sect parity with a leading scientist to promote their absurd contention that all Americans need to know about the cosmos is that in less than a literal week Christianity’s deity created the Universe, Earth, as well as life. Maybe the program’s creators should have given Ham a very, very short segment to expound how the Universe came into being in six days if for no other reason than exposing the bible creation story for what it really is; an inconsistent child’s fantasy.

Generally, an answer is a reply to a question that is relevant to the said question, and since Ken Ham represents about half the American population clinging to the Genesis creation myth, it is worth summarizing the creation story to expose its inconsistency with itself. Ham and about 150-million Christian Americans take it on faith the answer to how the Universe and life on Earth came into being is in Genesis, but it is likely they never read farther than “In the beginning, god created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). If they read all 21 verses in Genesis chapter one, they would comprehend why they are the subject of ridicule for claiming science is an abomination and the creation myth is an immutable truth.

According to answers in Genesis, on day one god created heavens and Earth and said, “Let there be light” and divided light from darkness and called the light day, and the darkness he called night. On day two, god made the firmament in the midst of the waters and divided the waters under the firmament and above the firmament, and god called the firmament heaven in spite of already creating heaven on day one. On day three, god said “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” He called dry land Earth and the waters seas, and while he was at it he created vegetation.

On day four there are more recreation events where god said, “Let there be lights to divide the day from the night; God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day (Sun) and the lesser light to rule the night (Moon).” He made stars as well that, like the day and night on day one, were already created as part of “the heavens and Earth” and divided the light from the darkness he called day and night. On day five, god said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”

On day six, it appears god recreated day five’s “every living creature” and “created man in the image of god he created him; male and female.” According to “answers in Genesis,” god rested on the seventh day, but he should have kept working because in Genesis 2 it says, “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And god blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it he rested from all his work which god had created and made.” But in verse seven, god recreated “man of the dust of the ground, breathed into him the breath of life that made him a living being.” Later in verse 21, god remade the woman from one of the man’s ribs and it begs a question the “answers in Genesis” never answers; why did god create man and woman, day and night, heaven and Earth twice?

The truth is that it does not matter one iota what the bible creation myth says, or that 46% of Americans believe it is factual. However, it does matter that men like Ham, the Koch brothers, and Republicans use the ancient bible mythology to deny science that is having a deleterious effect on the whole of humanity. There is no difference between Ham challenging Neil deGrasse Tyson by sowing doubt about science with no “answers in Genesis,” and the Koch Republicans who spending millions in advertising questioning the validity of the overwhelming majority of scientists’ assertions that global climate change is real and poses an existential threat to mankind. Neither the Kochs nor religious fanatics like Ham ever present valid arguments to prove their positions because they do not exist, and they clearly understand that a tragically large segment of the population will reject science for irrational belief because god and bible.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is doing America a great service by attempting to educate the population about science and how it has taken humanity from believing religion has the only answers to dispelling every religious preconception men in positions of power still use to control superstitious people into supporting them as they rape and pillage the Earth. It is likely that creationists, and 46% of the population that clings to Genesis for answers, are incapable of comprehending even a fraction of the science Neil deGrasse Tyson is exposing to the masses every week because their cognitive abilities have been permanently retarded by childish dependence on archaic bible mythology.

 

 

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  • Science and religion are two totally separate systems. One relies on scientific method of hypothesis, experiment, results that are repeatable.

    The other is built on belief in superior being and revelations that are not testable in the real world.

    This is the reason science and religion cannot debate. The creationists need to prove their case by using science's own methodology, getting their results published in science journals.

    We have to stop listening and talking to creationists about the evidence for evolution etc.

    It's not going to change their minds and demeans science by even talking about the "truth" of religious beliefs.

    • "The other is built on belief in superior being and revelations that are not testable in the real world."

      To tell you the truth, I'm even skeptical of the so-called "miracles" attributed to new saints like Mother Teresa and Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

      It also strikes me as hypocritical and desperate that the Catholic church waived several criteria those latter two cases hadn't met, to speed up the canonization process (granted, they were both remarkable men and Church leaders in changing times).

      I guess I'm the poster child for fallen-away Catholics.

      • It is hypocritical, but they need to find ways to keep people from leaving the church. They lost quite a bit after Vatican II and even more with the child molestation scandals. It's a PR stunt plain and simple.

        • Paul the second enhanced the modern church; john paul tried to take it back to the dark ages; way more quit under JP cultural conservatism. JP responsible for Ratzinger he resigned and another pope, Francis, has come to try and rescue the church by restoring humanity and the philosophy of Christ the man.

      • The only thing "remarkable" about JP II is that he helped cover up sex abuse scandals and then placed those offenders in situations where they could continue to molest children.

  • What amazes me is how these creationist types just cannot integrate the two together. After all what is Genesis but a series of stories in trying to explain how things got created. There has been multiple creationist myths from all over the world. I find it interesting that they just can't wrap their brains around the fact that their religion is just a myth or series of stories/parables. Of course what is time to GOD, how does a divine being measure time. Yes, I am giving equal air time to both arguments. There is a lot to be said for this in being able to integrate science and creation together. When I was growing up I got into table top Role playing games and I learned about mythology (Greek, Roman, Aztec, Babylonian)when I got introduced to Christianity, I just took it as another Mythology and treated it as such. To me Jesus was no different then say Hercules.

    • I agree. There has been so much disconnect laid on faith by the Religious Right that few today who watch the creationists understand this one fact: they are not Christians. They are Dominionists that emerge largely from a sect, Pentecostalism that has been around just a little over a century. Yeah - they got themselves a lot of attention with their rants, but they don't remotely represent the mainstream. Pew polls in religion recently showed that white mainline Protestants believe in evolution MORE than the general - including non believing - population. Since before Darwin, mainline faith groups have accepted science, understand the Bible is both history AND allegory, human attempts to pursue truth, but not immutable laws to be followed mindlessly. Faith like philosophy is a quest for truth, is an unending and diverse process, and science is essential to that pursuit. Don't confuse people of open minded faith with those who live in fear. They're not the same.

  • For me, the right-wing has already done a pretty good job of humiliating the US long before "Cosmos" came around.

    If anything, despite the creationists BS, "Cosmos" is still doing a lot of good. It's an excellent push-back against the embarrassment the American right-wing has caused our country worldwide for years.

  • The really sad part is the creationists are winning the battle in the red states that already have the most ignorant people.

      • This is what happens when the god loving red states allow a ton of fracking and other "energy exploration." The South. Becoming Charles and David Koch's personal toilet.

  • I have watched each episode of "Cosmos" with enthusiasm and in awe. As an ordained Christian theologian with a graduate degree from Seminary, I regard Ham and those like him as being in a state of perpetual denial of our cosmological reality. A Priest once remarked to me how he believes Genesis came at a time when humans went from hunter-gatherer to agricultural farmers. Genesis attempts to represent and explain the world of the writers in their time, with extremely limited knowledge. Ham forces his theology of ignorance with desperation. People like Ham cannot think outside their myopic box because their world otherwise becomes shattered. I see "God" being quite active in the evolution of our universe and earth. How one defines "God" is up to them. Personally, I like the Native American Indians' "Great Spirit". Ham does a grave disservice to the Christian faith, to God and to Jesus Christ.

    • Specifically, people like Ham, Brian Fischer, Franklin Graham et al. drive people away from Christianity as an option for spiritual faith. More of my friends/acquaintances have turned away from "worship of Christ" since the advent of the Tea Party's insistence of making this a "Christian nation" and the shrills of the Christianity persecution meme. The only ones still doing it are the born-again Christians who everybody basically tolerates while ignoring their faith-based pronouncements. Yes, the disservice is done by these "good Christians" all in the name of Jesus himself.

    • So... I take it you are just in it ( religion ) for the money... Since you understand, plainly speaking... the bible is just old time bull crap.

  • I really don't feel like getting into this today, but......Who do the lunatic fringe think that Cain, when tossed out if Eden, mated with? Obviously, an evolved human. Cane came from the newly called "chosen" people. That is the crux of what I have always believed. God made possible that the beginnings of evolved life possible. And why did God make possible that the humans He created could have sex and make children if the "apple" from the forbidden tree was a no no and such a mortal sin that they also were thrown out of the garden, and women would always be punished for it when giving birth so terribly painful. Poor little Adam only got his hand slapped. I don't see any conflict between evolution and creationism.

    • Don't know if you remember the great scene in "Inherit the Wind" when Clarence Darrow who supports the teacher, Scopes, asks Wm Jennings Bryant, the fundamentalist where Adam and Eve's sons found wives? Bryant simply said it did not matter to him, the Bible would have told him had it been important.

      That is the ONLY way fundamentalists can deal with science. It isn't important. The Bible tells you what is important, and the rest doesn't matter.

      That's the difference between the Religious Right and real Christians. The latter accept science as the explanation.

  • Religious fundamentalists are the Republican Party's strength and Achilles Heel. They are so focused on narrow issues that if a Republican mouths the right words, he's got an immediate support base. Anti-abortion. Anti-Muslim. Anti-Mexican immigrant. Pro-War. Pro Death Penalty.

    But these positions alienate the 'old right' libertarians and the Independent swing voters, so by hanging on to the Fundamentalists, the mainstream Republicans make themselves irrelevant.

    I think it is ridiculous to argue Creationism vs Evolution. I've tried it many times and have only succeeded in pushing the Creationist deeper into his fallacies. Faith is not debatable. Faith simply IS. Facts be damned.

  • God was already creating days before there was a sun and an earth revolving around the sun giving us our day... Creationists are the simpletons of the world and will believe anything they are told even if all of the conditions that contradict creationist beliefs are plainly in front of them.... Creationists are purely retarded beings who are incapable of rational thought.

  • The absurdity of those supposedly leaders in the Christian community debating creationism vs science in the public square profound. The writer of Hebrews declared the standing of the Christian view on this subject:
    "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."
    Hebrews 11:3
    The world rejects faith unless it is for something they can see. The have no faith in what they cannot see. Or they pervert the meaning of faith to hope for what a cult promises. There is so much superfluous babble coming from the world and it is unfortunate, that with so many souls unaware that Jesus loves them and ready to save them the attention of Christians and the world is on something so insignificant to the saints of old and Christ Jesus and His Holy Spirit.

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