There has been much buzz around the February 4 debate between popular TV personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy” (an evolution apologist with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering) and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham (a creation apologist with a B.S in Environmental Biology).
They will debate on the topic “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?” Each man will deliver what he believes is the best information currently available for his case. Then each of them will have an opportunity for rebuttal and afterward answer questions submitted by the audience.
The upcoming debate has already generated significant attention from national media. Tickets to attend live were sold out within two minutes of release! The 2 1/2 hour debate is to be held in the 900-seat Legacy Hall lecture arena at the Creation Museum (sponsored by Answers in Genesis). The event will be live streamed for FREE on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 PM (Eastern Time). More information is available at debatelive.org.
Don’t miss this “debate of the decade”! Plan to watch at home, or show the live stream to your small group, your youth group, or even your entire church. An assortment of free promotional materials can be found here: debatelive.org/promotional-materials. Your school, church, or group can use these free resources to help promote the debate.
The event may be freely rebroadcast to groups so long as no admission or other fees are charged to any participants or attendees. The live stream will also be available for free on YouTube for a period of time after the debate. And finally, the event will be recorded for DVD and digital download distribution to help offset significant costs in organizing and sponsoring the debate.
This event is significant because it will offer the public a rare opportunity to hear a live debate between a prominent creationist and a famed evolutionary theorist. The roots for this debate were apparently set in 2012, when Nye lambasted creationists in a Big Think video and proclaimed that teaching ideas contrary to evolutionary theory is damaging to both children and society.
While atheists like Richard Dawkins have warned Nye that engaging with creationists is ideologically dangerous and gives undue publicity to those who oppose evolution, Ham said, “I just think it’s really healthy for the public to actually hear two people like this that are really polar opposites in many ways, because what you believe about who you are [and] where you came from affects your whole worldview.”