Ray Comfort took on Neil deGrasse Tyson and the new Cosmos on his show this week. Talk about trying to punch above your weight class. Even for a young earth creationist, his arguments are breathtakingly stupid. And he has absolutely no idea what science is:
“You know, the word ‘science,’ it’s kind of a magical word,” Comfort said. “‘I believe in science.’ It just means knowledge, that’s all it means. There’s different areas of science, different areas of knowledge. When you say the Bible is not a science book, you’re saying it’s not a knowledge book? It tells us how God created the Earth!”
Knowledge, of course, is not quite all that defines science, which is characterized by systematic methods of observation in pursuit of new understanding.
But Comfort insisted the Bible was a science book because it described the origins of the universe.
“It gives us the basis for all creation, and it passes the scientific method,” he said. “It’s observable – Genesis – and testable. Evolution is not. You can’t observe something 60 million years old, but you can observe what Genesis says.”
No, science does not just mean “knowledge.” And the idea that you can’t study an event scientifically if you weren’t there to observe it happening is simply moronic. I’d like to think that even in my early teenage years when I was a Christian I would not have found this argument anything less than ridiculous.