Bill Nye Makes Baby Jesus Cry
POSTED ON 4/07/2006 | PERMALINK |18 Comments | BOOKMARK
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.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHA! That's awesome. I'm totally going to put that on my blog, too. A certain % of people will TOTALLY think it's real.

Thu Jun 15, 07:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!!1 LYKE YOU SHOULD TOTALLY POST IT ON YOUR MYSPACE TOOoo!oO! XxXXxXOXx haha in recent news Bill was found dead in a dumpster. Authorities suspect Christians with weak upper lips.

Tue Mar 06, 05:38:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Firstly, Bill Nye IS God. Secondly, he didn't prove the Bible wrong at all. Thirdly, the people that walked out of the room are stone-cold morons. If they had any brains what-so-ever, they would have realized that the word light is very ambiguous and thus may be interpreted as meaning both reflected light and emitted light--hence the need for an adjective. The word stars are merely semantics, surely the sun and moon are way more important to us. So, the Bible is not proven wrong by his comments.

If you want a real hardcore criticism of the Bible, read "The Antichrist: A Criticism of Christianity" by Friedrich Nietzsche. It's old, but good. If Christians can't take a little criticism and make a rebuttal, they might as well kiss their own asses goodbye, because their Bible does tell them to spread the faith and to argue their point; read almost any page of the New Testament to find out!!!

Thu Jun 21, 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that God/Jesus are really bent out of shape at Bill Nye's comments. Like Mr. Nye, I am a science teacher but unlike him my world view is that of a Christian. I used to think Christians were the lowest form of life on the planet because of necessity, I felt, they would have had to shelve teir brain to believe that crap! That was back in the day that I thought I knew everything. I am older now and not as sure as I once was. Einstein is quoted as saying,"God does not throw dice with the universe." He was not a believer in the existence of any personal God - but he could not reconcile the intricacies of the universe with blind chance, a role of the dice as it were. He belieed their was some initiating intelligence. Interestingly, he never publicly chided even fundamentalist 7-day creationists (although he disagreed with them; but on several occasions commented on the conclusions of his contemporaries, who he thought should recognize the design, given the depth of their studies.
I do agree largely to Jason's comments and I AM utterly appalled at the response by the offended Christians - it makes me, as a Christian, very ashamed at their stupidity.

Sat Jul 21, 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(apologies upfront, I'm procrastinating getting anything productive done! so this turned out to be longer than anticipated!)

I've watched Nye's show and it's well done.

When making authoritative comments, such as what Nye is credited with (if it's true), know your subject matter. I doubt he has studied Hebrew or Hermeneutics so his comments about Scripture should be left out of his show.

The Bible is always quick to come under scrutinty (which is fine, it is supposed to be and it stands up every time I've witnessed it) but cheap shots by someone uneducated about it makes that someone- like Nye, who is quite intelligent in one discipline look foolish and unwise in others. Christianity and science do not have to be at odds. Science has helped us know that Scripture can be trusted on archeological grounds and Christianity has helped us see the magnificance of science created by God.

As for the people leaving, I'd have to hear what he said and how he said it, but people should be given a little more props for standing up for what they believe. We're quick to judge them.

If more people walked out of something they believed was either morally or even ethically wrong, we'd have a stronger country on many levels (think Mr. Smith Goes to Washington! LOL) This isn't meant to be a defensive soap box, just an open minded reflection.

I just wonder why, when Christians get offended they get labeled and when other religions get offended they get apologies?

(Also, for the record, the Mormon religion is not Christian. It is generally regarded as a cult and they have created their own Mormon bible. The same thing with is true of Jehovah's Witnesses. Just for the sake of reference, Christ taught that we can not earn our place in Heaven (which breads self-righteous behavior), which both of these belief systems and many others, teach.) Christ taught that salvation is a gift from God to those who humbly recognize they need His goodness to be good and come under His authority in obedience to Scripture. True Christianity is not portrayed by people who think they are better than anyone, it is portrayed by humility and that if not for the grace of God they would have nothing.)

Wed Jul 25, 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus died for us and reserected back to life and saved us so we can make it to heaven. You don't know what Jesus can do. HE'S way more wise than YOU. I was a fan of you until I read this and I telling all of my Christian friends and family half of your fan club will forever dispise you!!!! GET A LIFE!!!!!! Science can't prove everything. Jesus is more powerful than you'll ever be. Witch compared to God you're nothing. YOU'RE NOT GOD!!!!! YEAH, I know what I'm talking about here.

Mon Aug 13, 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe in God.

Mon Aug 13, 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know what you're talking about!?! Oh, wait, I'll answer that for you. NO!!!!! I believe in God. Yeah, I'm a Christian and no one or thing can make Jesus cry because he created everythig and everyone. I am no longer a fan of you.

Mon Aug 13, 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing can be more powerful than God , anyway there is only one god! I know what I'm talking about, but I don't think you do.
GOD ROCKS OUT LOUD MAN!!!!! I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God. I love God.
God rules the heavens and the earth. I love God. I love God. I love God.I love God.I love God.

Mon Aug 13, 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't understand what all the fuss is about, Bill Bye just pointed out an inconsistancy within the bible. you can still love god/jesus and still watch his show. it's not like he was disputing whether or not god created everything, that would be a whole different thing. it's really not that big a deal, cause the moon is still going to reflect light rather than produce it, no matter what the science guy says.

Wed Sep 26, 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... Christians just brag about god all the time? "HE'S way more wise than YOU". Wow, I am so offended that a Story tale character has been said to be wiser than me. Jesus won't do shit, because he is in your head.

Tue Oct 23, 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Nye believes in evolution. He said that creationism is "silly." Well, do you know what I think of you, Mr. Nye (who by the way is dead after a volcano experiment)? I think you're wrong.
I am a full-fledged creationist and evolution is wrong and never occurred. If you have any questions about creationism, a really good site is

Wed Dec 12, 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Adam Phelps said...

Wow, what a big responce to such a little statement. Though, not in good taste, not suprising. Any book that compels man, turn from the sin you hold so dear, surely merits such a bitter comment.

So, atheist, why such a big responce? It's nothing new to you, whether looking at the Bible or looking at a newspaper, if looking for a flaw, a flaw you will find, the flaw's existance is nothing more than inconsequential.

And... christian? Have you not studied Genesis? God created the two lights along with the stars, for signs and seasons, days and years. Not going into an explanation of nuclear fusion's effect on electron orbitals and the eventual release of photons, which for that matter isn't anymore the original source of light than a later reflection, except in the most elementary sence. The verse was just a means of documenting use and creation. Its use is as a calendar. Its creation for the scope of the sheer power of God, something man must accept before venturing onward into God's Word, and would, for that reason, love to refute.

So, why the responce? I suppose, not many christians HAVE studied Genesis, nor many atheists. I'm not sure the remarks of those christians resonates well with me. Though, more respectable than a mindless attack, or for that matter, than discarding the belief, it still seems a mindless defence.

As a side note, if you would recall the shortest verse in the Bible, "Jesus wept"(Jesus does cry, after all He is human), He went on to say "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of the prophets, how I have longed to gather you under my wing as a hen gathers her chicks, but you were not willing." I have yet to hear an atheist say this is an inconsistancy due to human's lack of wings. This level of simplicity is consistant throughout the scriptures, regardless of man's current understanding.

So in conclusion, atheist, it's nothing new, read the book another suggested, there are far more superficial flaws found.

Likewise, christian, it's nothing new, just read your Bible, it's tried and true and will not abandon you. It beckons the eye to scrutiny and scrutiny it will receive.

Sun Jan 13, 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow. to the lower of the Anonoymous guys, the ones saying I dont like him anymore. Wow, you guys are so ignorant.

Like this person!
Do you know what you're talking about!?! Oh, wait, I'll answer that for you. NO!!!!! I believe in God. Yeah, I'm a Christian and no one or thing can make Jesus cry because he created everythig and everyone. I am no longer a fan of you.

Do you need some help? Anyways, people like you tick me off. I take it you dont want your kids learning about evolution, in school either, I believe that they should be able to learn about anything thing they want.

I have watched Bill Nye since I was in the 1st grade and he is an awesome dude. Nothing compares to him. Nothing at all. He made things fun, So I assume your kids will be stupid now in the science department because I am sure you told them to leave the room when they put in one of his tapes.

Anyways GO BILL NYE!!!

Tue Jun 03, 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get these jesus-freaks off of my internet.

Wed Sep 10, 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you're all wrong. i'm satanist, and although i don't have anything against Bill Nye, i still think Satan is the dominant form in the whole thing. there are actually theories that state Satan was a form that wanted freedome for the people, and that God and Jesus were just these contradictive assholes, not unlike the ignorant Christians responding to this little blurb.

Mon Oct 06, 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The word Satan is hebrew for 'adversary', if you suscribe to this belief you should find a new name. It's in his nature to decieve because he hates you and every other human, because we were made in the image of God. The further you get in the more you will find that they hate you and want to kill you. You will never have the power you look for. I dont mean to be crude and harsh, but frank. You will find the words true. Don't forget them, as you will have a growing tendency.

Mon Oct 06, 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this isn't complicated. if "god" exists, he has left a scattered and varied legacy that can't be interpreted properly by the evidence we have. if he doesn't exist, then most shit makes sense, or will eventually make sense. (remember when the sun orbited the earth)

Wed Sep 07, 04:42:00 AM  

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