About 17 people in Ottawa got together for a group viewing of the Nye vs Ham debate. We ate bowtie pasta, pea soup with ham, black hole black bean dip, and we had a drinking game (using keywords like “kinds”, “creation”, “were you there”, mentions of numbers of years, etc).
Ham talked about how Christianity was crumbling because of people questioning the literal truths proclaimed in genesis. Nye talked about the scientific approach to knowledge used by people in “the outside world”. That one phrase encapsulates the brilliance of Nye`s approach. Someone like Dawkins would probably have used the phrase “the real world”, which both creationists and fence-sitters would have found insulting and demeaning. Nye’s term was rather more neutral (and also fed into the belief of many Christians that they are set apart as the people of God).
What: The Revisionaries
Where: Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue, Room 303
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:30pm
The Revisionaries follows the Texas State Board of Education as they revise their textbook standards. Creationism is brought to the front in the science standards. Historical revisionism is brought to the front in the social studies standards. Join us as we screen this important film. Creationism expert and author of The Creationist Debate, Dr. Arthur McCalla, will host a Q&A session afterwards.
…I discovered a survey stating that half of the American public did not accept the theory of evolution and so I decided to focus my film on a Biology teacher and the lessons on evolution. Not long after I started following these classroom discussions, I learned about the political debate on the State Board of Education in Texas over how evolution would be taught in science and later how the concept of “separation between church and state” would be understood in social studies, among other controversial topics.
– The Revisionaries Director, Scott Thurman