So, I've been away. And finally back. I've been wanting to write - and have been procrastinating. Yet oddly, I managed to squeeze in time to watch a 2h 45 minutes video that was shared on Facebook as well as some time to draft and post a comment in response to a friend who asked for my view. After much thought, this was a slightly longer version of the short comment that I posted - coz one does not reply a wall of text as a Facebook comment. But then again, it's okay coz I'm commenting on my own post and one does not simply ask me for a view and get a short answer. One could- but it wouldn't be much fun, would it?
And I love how the "Bill Nye The Science Guy" song is still looping in my brain. BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL
Here's the quick exercise of the finger and the brain - my comment:
I actually preferred the Creationist's "Creation Orchard" to Darwin's Evolution Tree of Life - that dogs will always be dogs and finches will always be finches make more sense that all species coming from one primordial form.
On evolution, I too find it an acceptable theory - for all species but mankind. For me personally, when it comes to man and man's first appearance, I do not believe that we evolved from apes. I prefer the narrative that Allah said to the Angels (2:30), "Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth." And then there's the Adam and Eve story that leads to the start of human life on Earth. I prefer this narrative to Darwin's narrative.
So the Earth must've been created before Adam and Eve was sent down. Big Bang, expanding universe, evolution, dinosaurs, you name it - if there's evidence, then it probably is true. On the age of the earth, I'm with Nye and his evidence instead of Ham's explanations, rejection of dating methods and assumptions, and reliance on the flood verses. In 3:191, we are encouraged to "think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth" - and I love how Nye is doing just that with his research and all!
Bill Nye seemed to be worried that religion would retard the progress that they've achieved in technology and research and stuffs - but I would too if teachers in public schools tried to force the idea of 7Cs on my kids - Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, Consummation. Perhaps perhaps, for a well rounded education, students should at least be exposed to the different schools of thoughts - and take it up as an elective. And let them decide for themselves whichever seems more appealing.
More than 1400 years ago, the following verse was revealed: "Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding." Perhaps it's got something to do with whatever Nye said about the 2nd law of Thermodynamics at 2:15:00.
More than 1400 years ago, the following verse was revealed: “Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, then We separated them, and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?” (Quran 21:30)
And many many years later after inventions of powerful telescopes and what nots, we have scientists like Nye telling us of how it started with The Big Bang. Amazing.
My view. Science Rules!