Bill Nye may be ‚ÄúThe Science Guy,‚ÄĚ but Ken Ham is the ‚ÄúAnswers in Genesis‚ÄĚ man, and a debate between the two over the origins of life has nonbelievers and Christians wringing their hands.
Nye, host of a beloved television science series, and Ham, president of a creationist apologetics ministry, will meet at the Creation Museum, where Ham is also the president, on Feb. 4. In what some wags are calling ‚Äúthe Ham-on-Nye debate,‚ÄĚ they will weigh this question: ‚ÄúIs creation a viable model of origins?‚ÄĚ
In truth, both sides answered that question long ago ‚ÄĒ Nye with Charles Darwin‚Äôs work on the origin of species and Ham with the first book of the Bible. Yet many observers ‚ÄĒ both religious and nonreligious ‚ÄĒ say the debate is a very bad idea.
‚ÄúScientists should not debate creationists. Period,‚ÄĚ wrote Dan Arel on the Richard Dawkins Foundation‚Äôs website. ‚ÄúThere is nothing to debate.‚ÄĚ ...