Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham: Were Any Minds Changed?

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 11:47 AM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
It is unclear whether Bill Nye "The Science Guy" or creationist Ken Ham changed viewers' minds during their highly publicized debate in Kentucky Tuesday night, but the event certainly generated a great deal of interest.

The debate at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., just west of Cincinnati, was a sold out event and was streamed live on television. The Associated Press reported that the debate attracted dozens of national media outlets, and about 800 tickets sold out in minutes. 

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"I think it shows you that the majority of people out there, they're interested in this topic, they want to know about this, they don't want debate shut down," Ham said.

Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, said during the debate that the Bible is the only reliable source explaining the world's creation. 

"The Bible is the word of God," Ham said during the debate. "I admit that's where I start from."

Nye challenged Ham and his teachings, arguing most scientists that the earth is much older than 6,000 years based on scientific research.

"If we accept Mr. Ham's point of view ... that the Bible serves as a science text and he and his followers will interpret that for you, I want you to consider what that means," Nye said. "It means that Mr. Ham's word is to be more respected than what you can observe in nature, what you can find in your backyard in Kentucky."

CNN reporter Tom Foreman moderated the debate but for the most part gave Ham and Nye free reign while the audience gave polite applause to both sides.

"Your assertion that there is some difference between the natural laws that I observe today and the natural laws of 4,000 years ago is extraordinary and unsettling," Nye told Ham.

"I challenge the evolutionists to admit the belief aspects of their particular worldview," Ham replied. "The battle (over creationism) is really about authority. It's about who is the authority, man or God."

Supporters on both sides said Nye and Ham handled off the event well. 

"It proved that people can come together and have a respectful conversation about something that people are very passionate about," Sonja Smith, a Ham supporter from Loveland, Ohio, told NBC News.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Tower Bridge: Bottle of Beer Breaks Glass Floor Over River Thames

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 19:43 PM

A glass walkway at London's Tower Bridge shattered Friday when a worker dropped a bottle of beer, but while it looked sc . . .

'Groundbreaking' Malware Called Regin Revealed by Symantec

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 17:47 PM

Regin, a sophisticated malware being called "groundbreaking," was revealed by Symantec this weekend as a spying tool tha . . .

President Erdogan of Turkey Says Women Are Not Equal to Men

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 16:39 PM

Turkey's President Recip Tayyip Erdogan told women at a conference Monday that they can never be equal to men, and that  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved