Although official numbers have yet to be released, the debate between Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, and TV personality Bill Nye attracted international attention. The two men spent over two hours answering the question “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s scientific era?”
But at its heart, the debate centered on worldviews, as the Christian Post reports:
“’Creation is the only viable model of historical science confirmed by observational science in today's modern scientific era,’ Ham, a Christian, proclaimed at The Creation Museum Tuesday night. The creationist argued that science supports his view of a historical six-day creation, as outlined in the first chapters of Genesis. He also listed a great deal of prominent scientists who believe in the creationist model.
“Nye, an agnostic, retorted that such ideas are fanciful. ‘If you insist the natural laws have changed, for lack of a better word, that's magical,’ the ‘science guy’ declared. ‘Your interpretation of a book written thousands of years ago, as translated into American English, is more compelling for you than everything that I can observe in the world around me.’”
The debate highlighted how starting points in human understanding impact our view of the universe. Christian Today explains:
“[Ham] characterised the entire debate this way: ‘The creation/evolution debate is really a conflict between two philosophical worldviews based on two different accounts of origins or historical scientific beliefs.’”
Answers in Genesis has posted the entire debate on their website and will host a live post-debate web show on February 5 at 8:00 p.m.