New Atheism’s big mistake: Debating creationists solves nothingFundamentalism isn’t really about the Bible; it’s about politics. So attacking religion doesn’t fix the problem

Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it’s a bad idea for both scientists and Christians. Ham’s young-earth creationism represents the distinct tendency of American Christian fundamentalists to reject science and use their religion to defend economic ideas, environmental degradation and anti-science extremism. But these views aren’t actually inherent in Christianity — they’ve been imposed on the biblical text by politically motivated and theologically inept readers. The solution is not anti-theism but better theological and scientific awareness.
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New Atheism’s big mistake: Debating creationists solves nothing
Fundamentalism isn’t really about the Bible; it’s about politics. So attacking religion doesn’t fix the problem

Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it’s a bad idea for both scientists and Christians. Ham’s young-earth creationism represents the distinct tendency of American Christian fundamentalists to reject science and use their religion to defend economic ideas, environmental degradation and anti-science extremism. But these views aren’t actually inherent in Christianity — they’ve been imposed on the biblical text by politically motivated and theologically inept readers. The solution is not anti-theism but better theological and scientific awareness.

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    This is was a great debate… i know it’s still going on… it was interesting to see both point of views even though my...
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    Personally I think anti-theism is the solution but that’s my opinion and view. Cannot wait to watch the debate!!!