Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” an engineer turned comedian from the hit 1990’s kids show, recently returned to TVs everywhere with his new Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. This is not a kids’ show (Netflix rated it TV-14) and it certainly doesn’t come across as one (there’s plenty of vulgar and crude content and language). During his show Bill Nye made many disturbing, and often politically driven, statements with very little science. But one thing he, and one of his panelists, said was quite shocking.
But let’s back up for some behind-the-scenes information you might not know. Last summer, during our Ci 3.0 camps, Bill Nye toured the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. The day he chose to tour quickly through the museum was the same day our campers happened to be at the museum and they got a chance to meet him and ask him some questions. During his conversation with them, he told our campers the purpose for life is to "have kids and teach them to have kids."
But in his new show, in the final episode, he and his panelists have a discussion about how children in the developed world use 160 times the resources of other kids around the world. Nye then asks, “Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?” To which one member of the panel, a bioethicist from John Hopkins University, replies, “I do think that we should at least consider it.” The two other panelists disagree but it isn’t clear whether Nye does or not (though from the tone and other comments made throughout the full episode, it appears he doesn’t disagree with the idea).
So first the purpose in life is to have children, and for them to have children, but now Nye wants to penalize parents who are having too many kids? And who defines “extra kids” anyway? The only thing consistent about his worldview, really his faith, is his inconsistency. Because he doesn’t start with God’s Word, he has no foundation on which to base his thinking except his own opinion or the opinions of others. So his thinking is constantly changing.
I'm excited God has given us another summer to equip young people who like STEM with a love for God's Word and the ability to defend their faith in the academic world. If you have an academically-curious young person, I encourage you to consider Camp Infinity.
Learn more, and apply today, at CampInfinity.com.