Can Bill Nye Debunk Religion?

If you grew up in the eighties or nineties, you know Bill Nye the Science Guy from his hit children’s television show. Since then, Nye has made a name for himself sparring with religious leaders and others who make anti-scientific claims.

Now Nye will continue his pro-science mission in his new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World, where he will tackle topics from a scientific perspective. In so doing, Nye will be debunking the claims of those who deny scientific evidence on evolution and other controversial issues.

Bill Nye participated in a debate with biblical literalist Ken Ham a few years ago that many dismissed as silly and pointless. I imagine most people left the debate without changing their position on the subject. The event, however, did show the vast differences in beliefs between those who rely on science and those who rely solely on faith.

This difference was seen recently on The View when Full House star Candace Cameron Bure, an outspoken creationist and Christian, said she does not believe in evolution, but doesn’t think that that means she is “anti-science.” Despite the overwhelming majority of scientists agreeing that evolution is real, Bure relies on the few who dissent to back her position. These are the types of people that Nye wants to address.

Nye is, in the end, a television personality, and knows sparring with religious leaders is good entertainment that will keep him in the public eye. And he certainly knows that debating religion and faith is a touchy subject that will anger some and elate others.

For me, science has always worked against the literal interpretations of the Bible that I grew up with, but does not affect my ability to believe in a higher power. Unlike Ken Ham, who believes the earth is only 6,000 years old, I am a believer in evolution, but the more I learn about physics, the more I realize just how little we know about the universe.

So, I want to know, does science affect your faith? Do you see the two as incompatible or complementary? Many people say science enhances their relationship with God. Others see them as separate spheres. And still others feel science pushes them away from religion altogether. Let me know where you stand in the comments!



  1. First, I enjoy reading your gospels very much Susie. Not too sure why I’m compelled to reply to this one and not others. I was on a career path to become a zoologist and changed my mind in favor of journalism and then writing. I don’t see why there should be a conflict between science and religious faith. My personal belief is that science keeps faith honest, and that science gives us insight into the work of God. I understand that some people see miracle when a seed grows into a tree, and i have to add that it is my atheist friends who tend to have this level of appreciation. My more religious friends tend to not see the miracle, preferring to not study the magic that is in biology. I think this impoverishes faith. I also think that a purely atom-accident-life equation misses important ideas along the lines of why homo sapiens are the only animals with a knowledge of good and evil that extends to a feeling of obligation and responsibility. Even some animals have some sense of this, but only humans seem to require accountability to find their niche on earth. I do have faith, a strong judeo-christian one, and in my faith i have learned and gained theological insight from the wonderful writings of Carl Sagan, Jane Goodall, Edward O. Wilson and yes, Bill Nye. Science, for me, and all of the discoveries it has given us, are within God’s works. No problem for me.

    1. Amen! God is the ultimate scientist and engineer.

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