Ralph Hancock’s latest article (“How the Culture Wars Shrink both Religion and Reason,”) uses a great example of the legal battle over real marriage in Utah and how the very definition of reason is now “anti- or at least non-religious.”
The recent debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham about creation being a viable model in today’s modern scientific era is another great illustration.
Ken Ham opened the debate asserting that the secularists have hijacked the word “science.”
“Well, the debate topic is this: Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era? You know, when this was first announced on the internet there were lots of statements like this one from the Richard Dawkins Foundation: Scientists should not debate creationists. Period.’ … You know, right here I believe there’s a gross misrepresentation in our culture. We’re seeing people being indoctrinated to believe that creationists can’t be scientists. I believe it’s all a part of secularists hijacking the word science.'”
Bill Nye’s opening statement immediately launched into Noah and the Great Flood and categorized those who believe that such a miracle could occur as unreasonable.
“Natural laws that applied in the past apply now. That’s why they’re natural laws. That’s why we embrace them. … Mr. Ham and his followers have this remarkable view of a worldwide flood that somehow influenced everything that we observe in nature, a 500 foot wooden boat, eight zookeepers for 14,000 individual animals, every land plant in the world under water for a full year. I ask us all is that really reasonable?”
He later promotes his view that teaching a belief in creation to our children will stunt our scientific progress and competitiveness in the world.
“If we continue to eschew science, eschew the process, and try to divide science into observational science and historic science we are not going to move forward, we will not embrace natural laws, we will not make discoveries. We will not invent and innovate and stay ahead. So if you ask me if Ken Ham’s creation model is viable I say no, it is absolutely not viable.”
Certainly this debate is another great example of what Brother Hancock was discussing. The secularism that denies a God of miracles and essentially enthrones atheism as the state religion will create a society quite different from the Zion that we strive to establish.