An epic debate on the worldviews of Evolution vs. Creation takes place Feb. 4 between popular TV star Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.
The debate is the result of an invitation on the part of Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham to Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and will take place Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. ET and can be viewed on the web both during and after the debate on the website here. CNN’s Belief Blog will cover the debate and CNN’s Tom Forman will moderate.
Plenty of controversy swirls around this epic contest of worldviews as Nye has had to defend his reasoning for joining in the debate with Ham, warding off criticism from fellow Evolutionists. Ham’s own reasoning for the debate is published in an open letter on CNN’s Belief Blog here.
While the debate will probably not sway those entrenched in either worldview, it may bring more interest in the issues surrounding the controversy and some riding the fence may be influenced one way or the other depending on the success of either debater in delivering their points of view.
The idea for the debate came after Nye’s controversial appearance on TV with popular comedian and fellow atheist Bill Maher on his TV show Real Time. Watch a You Tube recap of that interview here.
In the interview Nye seems to imply that those with a religious worldview will somehow interject their religion in schools and thus slow down the education of science in the classroom. Following Nye’s television appearance, Ham appeared on You Tube to counter Nye’s claims. His comments can be viewed on you tube here. Ham states in his comments on CNN’s Belief Blog that his intent with the debate is to break down the barrier of censorship of the Biblical Worldview of Creation in public settings, including schools and to educate the public on what he perceive as errors in Evolutionary thinking. Says Ham,
“So I look forward to a spirited yet cordial debate on Tuesday with Bill Nye, the “Science Guy” of television fame.
“I also look forward to the opportunity to help counter the general censorship against creationists’ view of origins. While we are not in favor of mandating that creation be taught in public school science classes, we believe that, at the very least, instructors should have the academic freedom to bring up the problems with evolution.”
I am looking forward to the debate as well and would love if you the reader could join in as well and make up your own mind on this fascinating and controversial topic. Remember you can view the debate love or see a podcast of it on You Tube when the debate is completed.