About a week after Bill Nye's scathing attack on creationism went viral, the folks at Answers in Genesis have put together a two-pronged response to Nye's charges.
The first was a video by two of Answers in Genesis' staffers, David Menton and Georgia Purdom.
Purdom contends that she teaches her daughter evolution, like most creationist scientists. That's good and well, but Purdom starts out from a flawed premise--that the world was created in six literal 24-hour days. She tips her hand when she contends there's a difference between observational science and historical science. The question of how fossils and stars got here, she says, depends almost entirely on worldview. The only credible account of how they got here, she says, is the Bible.
Prong #2 is an article by Elizabeth Mitchell, "Bill Nye's Crusade for Your Kids. Mitchell, the wife of AiG speaker Tommy Mitchell, claims that evolution is fundamentally flawed because it relies on "interpretations of geological, biological, anthropological, genetic, astronomical, and radiometric data that are based on unverifiable assumptions about the past." The Bible, she says, is much more reliable because it is an eyewitness account of how God created the world.
In attempting to answer Nye, Answers in Genesis just revealed why creation science is, by definition, an oxymoron. It requires you to accept the Bible's account without question, while the fundamental premise of science is testing and questioning how things work. I am a charismatic Christian--and yet, I know the difference between what science is and what science isn't. Last time I checked, "God made it that way" is not science.