Bill Nye discusses his upcoming debate with Ken Ham. Ham is a protestant fundamentalist and young earth creationist.
Of course, I'm rooting for Ham, and he'll clean Nye's clock, as Christians invariably do when they debate atheists.
Ham and I come from quite different theological perspectives, but he's a brother in Christ, and that covers a multitude of differences.
Nye is one of the duller knives in the atheist drawer. He describes his fear (at about 3:10) that creationism will create "a generation of science students who don't believe in science", which, he is convinced, will send American science into the abyss.
Note to Bill: the Scientific Revolution was a creationist project-- nearly all of the great scientists of the 16th to 18th century were creationists of one sort or another. None had any use for atheism, of which Newton quipped:
"Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors"America is, and has been for a couple of centuries, the most creationist nation in the West, and also decisively leads the West in science.
Atheist culture, on the other hand, is notorious for it's scientific sterility. Count the Nobel Prizes from the Soviet bloc, versus the Christian West, during the 20th century.
The "atheist/creationist-future of science" experiment has already been run, with a vengeance.
The results aren't close. Christianity-- actually creationism of one sort or another since the 16th century-- is the greatest engine of science mankind has ever known.
I hope Ham brings it up when Nye, predictably, laments the creationist influence-- i.e. the influence of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Kepler, et al-- on science.