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Wednesday
Feb052014

Bill Nye and Creationist Debate the Earth's Origin

ABC/Craig Sjodin(PETERSBURG, Ky.) -- TV’s Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum, argued evolution versus creationism in a debate streamed live Tuesday night that also lit up social networking sites.

Nye accepted the challenge to go head-to-head with Ham about the Earth’s origin after the celebrity scientist publicly stated in a video that went viral that teaching creationism was bad for kids.

So before 800 people at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., Nye and Ham dueled for more than two hours.

Ham maintained that, “Science has been hijacked by secularists” and equated evolution as “the religion of atheism” being taught in schools.

The creationist didn’t offer much proof to back up his claims that the Earth is actually 6,000 years old, other than to proffer, “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; that's how we get to 6,000 years.”

He also fought back against Nye’s rebuttal of the Great Flood forming the Grand Canyon 4,000 years ago by stating, “I said we have the laws of logic, the uniformity of nature, and that only makes sense within a biblical world view anyway of a creator god who set up those laws, and that's why we can do good experimental science.”

Meanwhile, Nye said science disapproves creationism and the 6,000-year theory due to carbon dating of objects across the solar system.

He added, “One of the mysteries, or interesting things that people in my business -- especially at the Planetary Society -- are interested in is why all the asteroids seem to be so close to the same date in age -- 4.5, 4.6 billion years -- it's a remarkable thing.”

Along with discussing the Big Bang theory's explanation of the ever-expanding universe, Nye took Ham to task for implying that the Bible is scientific text. The scientist also belittled the notion that an ark could carry 14,000 people and two of every animal so that the Earth could repopulate after the Great Flood.

A 2013 Pew Research survey found that 60 percent of Americans believe in evolution while a third contends that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”

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