aNewDomain.net — The Bill Nye vs Ken Ham creationism debate began February 4 2014 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Bill Nye — aka Bill Nye the Science Guy — is live at the Creation Museum with its Ken Ham in Kentucky, below.
Here’s the live stream of the February 4 2014 Bill Nye vs Ken Ham creationism debate that began at 7 p.m. Eastern.
This was the pre-show video that preceded the debate.
In a widely publicized YouTube video last year, Bill Nye argued that creationism retards scientific and economic progress in the United States. And he said children are intellectually damaged when taught such beliefs.
Creationism is a basket of beliefs. Basically, it holds that a divine being, rather than evolution, created life on Earth. Creationism exists among segments of the world’s Abrahamic religions although most religions have some form of creation myth.
Roughly 54 percent of the world’s population adheres to an Abrahamic religion — that includes the faiths of Christianity, Muslim, Judaism and Bahá’í. But many followers of these faiths accept evolution over creationism, according to polls.
Bill Nye, as he says in the video below, holds that creationism is simply not appropriate for children. This immediately caused a stir, leading Nye to appear on ABC and other U.S. media outlets defending his comments. Find the ABC video below the fold. It also led to Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, to challenge Bill Nye to a public debate. That debate will happen on February 4, 2014. Scroll below the Bill Nye anti-creationism video to see Ken Ham’s comments on the matter.
Here’s the Bill Nye the Science Guy commentary that kicked off the debate.
Video: Big Think Edge YouTube Channel
Ken Ham, on the Creation Museum’s blog, has so far responded with this:
Because our ministry theme for 2013 and for 2014 is ‘Standing Our Ground, Rescuing Our Kids,’ our staff thought that a debate on creation vs. evolution with a man who has influenced so many children to believe in evolution would be a good idea. Now, those of you who know me realize that I don’t relish public debates, so please pray for me … But this debate will help highlight the fact that so many young people are dismissing the Bible because of evolution, and even many young people who had grown up in the church decided to leave the church because they saw evolution as showing the Bible could not be trusted. This exodus of young people from the church is documented in my coauthored book Already Gone … It is an important debate to have as we deal with the question, ‘Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?’ Today’s lead articles website gives more details on this event, including tickets. It will certainly be a unique opportunity to be witness in person at the Creation Museum …”
As you see above, Ken Ham says he doesn’t “relish public debates.”
But he’s a veteran. Watch him below in another high-profile online debate on TBN. He’s debating Hugh Ross on whether there is evidence for a cosmic creator.
Here’s Bill Nye speaking about the original video damning the teaching of creationism in schools. It aired on ABC.
Video: CrazyNews YouTube Channel
Editorial disclaimer: Edit director Gina Smith is a former on-air correspondent for ABC and is affiliated with museums in which Bill Nye is a featured speaker. I derive no financial benefit from any of the above — nor does aNewDomain.
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