by Bob Kellogg
The central question in the first-ever debate between Christian apologist Ken Ham and self-avowed agnostic Bill Nye was “Is creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?”
It was a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, where the debate took place. Ham, a former science instructor from Australia, explained that one of his biggest concerns is that secularists have hijacked the word “science” to force the teaching of evolution on generations of students.
“Secular evolutionists teach that all life developed by natural processes from some primordial form, that man is just an evolved animal, which has great bearing on how we view life and death,” Ham stated.
“For instance, as Bill [Nye] states: ‘It’s very hard to accept for many of us that when you die, it’s over.’ But you see, the Bible gives a totally different account of origins, of who we are, where we came from, the meaning of life, and our future,” said the founder of Answers in Genesis.
Nye argued that science must be embraced and creationism abandoned if the United States is to succeed.
“If we continue to eschew science, to eschew the process, and try to divide science into observational science and historic science, we are not going to move forward,” said Nye. “We will not embrace natural laws, we will not make discoveries, we will not invent and innovate and stay ahead.”
CNN correspondent Tom Foreman moderated the debate, which was live-streamed by Answers in Genesis and watched by an estimated three million people. Tickets to attend the event at the museum’s 800-seat auditorium sold out within two minutes after being released in January.
The almost three-hour debate is available free for viewing below (for a limited time), but also is available via download or DVD here.