Well, the day has finally arrived. Tonight many of us get to watch a live debate featuring two of the biggest names in their respective fields of study. Bill Nye is best remembered from his 1990′s television show, Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye is an evolutionist, and has recently encouraged adults to not make their kids believe anything opposed to evolution. Ken Ham is the president of the Creation Museum and is a Christian apologist. Ham believes the Bible literally and advocates a young-earth that is thousands rather than billions of years old.
I’m excited for the exchange tonight and I know many of you are, too. Creation vs. evolution is a hot topic and it is rare that two respected advocates for each side actually come together in a formal debate. Here are 5 things you need to know to be ready to watch:
1. Atheists Do Not Want the Debate to Happen – It’s not necessarily because they are scared Bill Nye will fall on his face and lose the debate. The issue is that by Nye debating Ham, atheists are concerned the people might begin believing that Creationism will be viewed as a legitimate science. And in many atheist’s minds, this is like giving someone a national platform to express their belief that the world is still flat. By Nye debating Ham, he is in fact “Legitimizing” a bad idea.
2. Ham and Nye Won’t Be Trying to Convince Each Other – A common misconception of debates is that the debaters are trying to convince their opponent to change their mind. Hardly ever does this happen. After all, the ones debating wouldn’t be debating if they didn’t have deep-seated beliefs in their position. The debaters are actually trying to convince the listeners. Though the arguments are aimed at one another, the goal is to get those listening to consider a position that they have not previously seriously considered.
3. The Debate Will Try to Answer the Question, “Is Creationism A Viable Model of Origins?” – We need to understand that evolution is a position that explains the origin of life, not necessarily the origin of the universe. The “Big Bang” and evolution are two different things. On the other hand, creationism is a position that explains the origin of everything (life included) by saying that it was all created by a Creator. Therefore, what the debate will probably come down to is whether or not Creationism is a legitimate approach to science rather than going down an “Is there a God?” road.
4. Bill Nye Thinks Creationism is Ridiculous – Of course, I do not know Nye’s heart. But Nye is not shy about his position that it is bad for America and the world that any school should ever teach that the world is 10,000 years old. In an interview with CNN, Nye wouldn’t even mention Ham’s name and was condescending in his statements by saying things like “bring it on”. It seems that Nye believes he will walk into this debate and not be challenged.
5. Ken Ham’s Expertise is Making a Case for His Position – Ham is a Christian apologist. His life work is in making a reasonable case for one to believe what the Bible says is true. While Nye is an experienced scientist, Ham is experienced in arguing the case. Because of this, I think the debate format will heavily favor Ham.
Now you’re ready to watch. If your church isn’t showing the debate, you can watch at home by clicking here for free.