Bill Nye the Science Guy and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham went head-to-head in a battle over creationism’s place in a secular society.
The event, held yesterday at the Creation Museum, was meant to explore the age-old question, “How did we get here? And what should we teach our children?” from the perspectives of faith and science.
Bill Nye obviously took on the science side of things, arguing that evolution is a scientific fact and there is no credible evidence that the world is only 6,000 years old.
Ken Ham, the Founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, took a slightly different approach, arguing that it was all God’s doing.
“The Bible is the word of God,” Ham said. “I admit that’s where I start from.”
“From Adam to Abraham — you’ve got 2,000 years from Abraham to Christ, 2,000 years from Christ to the present, 2,000 years,” Ham says, “that’s how we reach 6,000 years,” he added.
To which Bill Nye responds that there are trees that are older than that.
The whole debate can be seen here, but if you don’t have 3 hours to kill here’s a short recap: imagine a world-renowned aviation engineer explaining to a child that it’s scientifically impossible for Santa Claus to visit the houses of each and every child on earth in one night. And then the child responds with “No, you’re wrong! Look at my playstation!!”
In the end, Bill Nye said that there is one thing that could change his mind on the creatisionisn vs. evolution debate: evidence.
“If you could show that somehow the microwave background radiation is not the result of the Big Bang, bring it on!” he said. “Write a paper! Tear it up!”
Ham, on the other hand, said no evidence could possibly sway him from his literal interpretation of he Bible — including the part where God creates the Earth in six days and a global flood kills off all but eight members of the human race but they still managed to get 14,000 animals safely on board.
Meanwhile, even Pat Robertson, the ultra evangelical host of the 700 Club, was embarrassed at Ken Ham’s performance and his assertion that the world is only 6,000 years old.
“There ain’t no way that’s possible,” Robertson said, “To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.”
“Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”
“We’ve got to be realistic,” he concluded, and admit “that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”
Yikes – if Pat Robertson thinks you’re making a fool of yourself, it’s time to take a cold, hard look at your life.