Bill Nye The Non-Creationist Guy

via Unreasonable Faith, comes this tidbit about a speech Bill Nye The Science Guy gave in Waco, Texas in 2006:

The Emmy-winning scientist angered a few audience members when he criticized literal interpretation of the biblical verse Genesis 1:16, which reads: “God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”

He pointed out that the sun, the “greater light,” is but one of countless stars and that the “lesser light” is the moon, which really is not a light at all, rather a reflector of light.

A number of audience members left the room at that point, visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence.

“We believe in a God!” exclaimed one woman as she left the room with three young children.

There’s that compatibility of faith and reason at work again.  The people God has supposedly saved showing an inability to cope with reality as one of the signs of their salvation.  Of course religion does not close people’s minds in systematic ways, though, that’s just something people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who do not understand true religion, say.

Or, maybe I’m wrong, and the moon really does emanate its own light to the earth, rather than reflect the sun’s.  Maybe schools just need to start “teaching the controversy” of whether we live in a heliocentric or a geocentric universe  in astronomy classes.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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