Dear Ken Ham & Bill Nye:
I watched the “debate” tonight. A miracle in itself. I didn’t PLAN on watching the debate. I wasn’t even going to THINK about the debate. In fact my morning started with this…
Am I the only Christian homeschooling mom who likes Bill Nye the Science Guy and not Ken Ham? I am beginning to believe I’m an alien.
So, you see, my heart was in the wrong place to begin with. I simply concluded that I knew all you both thought and had to say.
Then, strangely enough, I found myself watching the debate. The one between Bill Nye, The Science Guy and Ken Ham, the Creationist nut, as I not-so-affectionately called him. My twitter feed was all atwitter with comments. My wall filled with excitement, “Are you going to watch the debate?” “Are you excited?” I really did begin to feel that I was missing out on something. Because *I* was just not getting it.
I watched about the last 10 minutes of Ken’s presentation. Amazingly I found him to be an engaging speaker. Sure I didn’t believe his version of creation history. But as a whole, I found him to be fascinating. And who can resist that accent?
Then Bill took the stand. I must confess. I love Bill Nye. Sure, he’s a geek…but his passion for science is unbelievably contagious. You KNOW he loves what he talks about. He is continuously overwhelmed by the wonder that is our world. Still, when he started talking about fishes having sex, I had to laugh. Um, don’t you know they teach you know your audience before you debate? The conservatives I know prefer you use the word procreate or reproduce, thank you. I saw many a people squirming in their chairs…
The fact was that I didn’t see a debate. I saw two men entrenched in their beliefs. Both embracing ideas full of errors and mistruths. Both unwilling to admit that the other may possibly have *SOME* truth. Friends proclaimed Bill rocked it…others Ken rocked it. How, I wondered, does one rock a debate when there is really NO DEBATE?
Ken Ham will NEVER change his mind on what he said. That was his statement. Bill Ney will change his mind only if there is evidence. That’s not going to happen. So what’s the point of a debate?
As our family discussed this over dinner, I was chuckling at my son who has read both Darwin and Creation-based readings. He didn’t understand how Bill couldn’t see God created the world, and he couldn’t understand how Ken couldn’t see that the world was created as science says. One daughter opted out of watching debates. The other just plainly said, “The world was created. This is a stupid argument.”
The problem with the whole debate (for me) came down to one issue: the marginalization of a population that believe both SCIENCE and FAITH when it comes to an explanation of how the universe came to be.
Bill Nye and science say that I have no evidence for an existence of God (or creation) and they are right. I don’t have EVIDENCE that you can PROVE under the standards that are required by scientific processes. My evidence is my own, in my soul. It cannot be recreated in a science lab. That is why evidences of God are purely supernatural and are best left in the world of faith.
Ken Ham would say that there is NO way that the overwhelming evidence of geology, paleontology and biology are correct. The earth is no older than 6,000 years old. That man began with Adam and Eve. That dinosaurs and human beings existed together with all the species in one place. That God said it, it was so. That the book of Genesis is a literal history and science book. The problem is that once you go down that road you cannot pick and choose. Either the Bible is a literal book or it is not. But that’s not the problem I have with Ken (and still do).
The problem I have is this (borrowed summary from my friend Tess): he said that believing in a literal 6 day creation wasn’t a salvation issue but if you don’t believe in it you’ve got a real problem. Basically that you should question your Christianity if you don’t accept his view of the Bible. Same stuff he has said elsewhere.”
This is where the entire night was done for me. Once again I found not a debate, but another opportunity for another “believer” to tell me that I’m not saved. Once again I found a non-believer refusing to acknowledge that this amazing being I know, my Creator, was the one who started this WHOLE thing. That he is the one who put it in motion. And it works. Just as he planned it.
The truth is I saw two men arguing their sides not to change someone’s mind, but to let the world know why their view was the one and only way. In the meantime, I sit here wondering when someone will figure out that it’s possible that GOD created this universe either way…and it’s ok if I believe it’s a bazillion years old and my dearest friend in the world believes it’s only 6,000 years old. Because REALLY. She’s not ONCE told me that I’m a compromised Christian or not a Christian. Not once. And I believe some REALLY weird things about God and Creation…
So, I guess while the majority of homeschooling mommas rejoice because Ken Ham rocked it…and the majority of the rest of the mommas rejoiced because Bill Nye rocked it…I sit here wondering if we didn’t just all miss the entire point.
IS life really worth fighting about HOW or WHEN this life started? Wouldn’t our time be better spent talking about living THIS ONE LIFE. RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. Showing mercy. Love. Kindness. Justice.
I guess I just found myself actually REALLY listening to both parties tonight, with a true open heart. To see the truth about the place that I call home. About who I am and why I am so amazingly and wonderfully made. And it left me with the same conclusion: science and faith are enemies.
And that makes me sad. Because it’s not what I believe. It’s not what I know. And all it does is leave us in a world of division, strife and hatred.
Just maybe time is not what we think…and God is not who we think…and maybe if we’d all be wiling to admit that we DON’T know what we don’t know…that we may be able to come to a common understanding and find the actual truth we are desperately searching for…
Just my thoughts for the night…