The Science Guy vs. Ham

Ugh. I tried too hard to come up with a clever title. That’s all I’ve got. Sorry.

Nevertheless, there’s a rumble brewing on the creation front! Here’s the tale of the tape:

In the evolution corner: Famed 90’s host of kids show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and executive director of the Planetary Society, Bill Nye.

In the creationist corner: President/CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, Ken Ham.

The bout: “Is creation a viable model of origin?”

Time/Date: 7 – 9:30 PM. Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Location: the Creation Museum. Can’t make it? Watch the live stream here.

Why I’m excited: As a Christians who has spent time off and on over the last several months looking at the relationship between faith and science (hint – they aren’t enemies) so I enjoy these debates as they educate and challenge what I believe.

Why I’m concerned: Ham is a young earth creationist meaning that the world is 10,000 years old max and humanity is only about 4000 years old. Personally, I believe in Historic Creationism which leaves open the possibility that the earth is old while humanity is young (less than 10k years which as I’ve researched, even most evolutionary scientists agree with that). This only concerns me because occasionally (not always) Young Earth Creationists tend to hold their Young Earth view as gospel that must be true or everything falls apart.

But the issue of creation is what I’d call an open handed issue. Whether God created in 6 days or 6 trillion years it doesn’t change the fact that God created and He created ex nihlio (out of nothing).  Here’s the extent of what the Bible says about when it all started “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1.1.

That’s it.

It doesn’t say “In the beginning (which was 4.5 trillion years ago) God created…”

It also doesn’t say “Ten thousand years ago, which was the beginning, God created…”

There are Christians who are Young Earth and those who are Old Earth.

Their opinion on this topic doesn’t make or break their salvation.

It also doesn’t make or break God’s sovereignty (rule over everything) or His creation of all things.

The topic is far too deep to cover in one short blog post but I will close the post by saying regardless of Ham’s position I am interested in the debate.

What about you? Interested?

We’re holding a viewing of the debate at the Pursuit that night. All are welcome to come watch.

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