In the battle between faith and science, is there ever really a winner? One side argues facts based upon experimentation, hypotheses, research, laboratory testing and education. The other side, the side based on faith, argues with the support of stories.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not belittling faith here. But when you get right down to it, the Bible is a book, is it not? It has been translated millions of different ways, and has been added to and changed and been open to INTERPRETATION since its inception. And while science is also an ever-involving entity, scientific fact generally cannot be disputed; and it’s certainly not open to interpretation. It is what it is, and that’s all there is, right?
Well, I suppose that really depends who you’re talking to. While there are many people like me who are perfectly willing to accept the fact that science is real and something like evolution certainly occurred, many people dispute not only the validity of science, but that because God exists, evolution could not possible have existed. As such, an entirely new sect of the Christian base was born: Creationism.
In fact, right outside of my home-town of Cincinnati, lies a sneaky little hamlet of Creationists. Ken Ham, who co-founded and helped nurture the now twenty-year-old ministry called Answers in Genesis, built an entire museum dedicated to his beliefs. Beliefs that eschew evolution and all that it implies, for they believe that God created all.
That means that God created everything in every one of their manifestations. The reason we stand upright and no longer resemble primates so closely is because God wanted us to be a little less repugnant, and so he improved upon his original design.
Tonight, the creation museum, which opened its doors in Northern Kentucky seven years ago, will welcome (perhaps not warmly, but will welcome all-the-same) one of science’s biggest brain-children, and most well-known advocates, Bill Nye. Yes, THAT Bill Nye- The Science Guy.
Creationist Ham will face-off with everybody’s favorite lab geek. I mean, seriously, if you were alive and like, over the age of six in the nineties, you watched Bill Nye in science class. And what is Ham feeling in anticipation of this throw-down?
“A little fear and trepidation, a little stress,” Ham admitted. “It’s really become something none of us thought it would.” Well that’s to be expected, I say. Nye is formidable opponent.
Many critics of the Creationism faith, and specifically the museum, poke fun at the spectacle. And in fact, it does seem a little silly at times. Many of the exhibits show humans frolicking along in harmonious coexistence with dinosaurs. It’s no wonder why some may have trouble taking something so seemingly absurd seriously.
This isn’t Bill Nye’s first rodeo trying to debunk the idea of Creationism, either: “I say to the grown-ups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them,” Nye implored in an online video.
The museum’s auditorium seats a mere 900 people, and the tickets sold like hot cakes. Luckily for those of us who missed out on seeing this magical event in person, the debate will be live-streamed online, a feature that an excess of 800,000 people have already registered for.
We know religion is a very touchy subject. Those who have faith hold it closely to their hearts and do not want their beliefs to be questioned or to be judged for them. And that is a right they should be granted. But what about those who simply cannot resolve themselves to turn their backs on science? For some, science IS their faith. And so don’t they deserve the same courtesy as those who worship a god, instead of scientific theory?
One of these days, we’re all going to learn, understand and accept that the BEAUTY of living in a free country is that we can all worship whomever or whatever we choose. Just because I think the earth is millions of years old, instead of thousands, doesn’t mean we can’t be friends, right Creationists? Well, that is, until you try and get evolution removed from science text books. Then shit will get real.
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