Tonight at 7 pm EST, Bill Nye the Science Guy will square off in a debate of the decade against leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum.
Is Creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?
In this battle in the war of the ages, Ken Ham plans to show that observational science confirms the Biblical record in Genesis, and thus Creation is a viable model for origins. In opposition, Bill Nye will argue the case against creation and for evolution. The debate will occur 7:00-9:30 pm EST at the Creation Museum’s 900-seat Legacy Hall auditorium in Petersburg, KY, near Cincinnati.
Here is the debate format:
7:00 Welcome by moderator, Tom Foreman, CNN
7:05 Opening statements by debater #1
7:10 Opening statements by debater #2
7:15 Moderator comments
7:16 Presentation by debater #1
7:45 Moderator comments
7:50 Presentation by debater #2
8:20 Moderator gives rebuttal instructions
8:25 Rebuttal for debater #1
8:30 Rebuttal for debater #2
8:35 Counter-rebuttal for debater #1
8:40 Counter-rebuttal for debater #2
8:45 Q&A instructions by moderator
8:48 Moderator reads pre-submitted questions alternating between debaters
9:28 Moderator concludes debate
Anyone can watch the free live stream of the debate at debatelive.org. A separate free live stream of the debate for the hearing impaired will have nationally certified ASL interpreters signing at debateliveASL.org.
Here are updates on tonight’s debate from Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis:
- The debate moderator is CNN correspondent Tom Foreman. Over 70 credentialed media will be in attendance, such as ABC, NBC, Scientific American magazine, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Al Jazeera, The New Yorker, etc.
- At the conclusion of the debate, Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be interviewed for the “Piers Morgan Live” program on CNN for a 9:45 PM post-debate analysis. During the 10 PM hour and inside the museum, MSNBC TV will interview Mr. Nye by himself.
- Eric Hovind will host a live pre- and post-debate show. Visit CreationToday.org and tune in to the live show at 6:00 PM (ET) Tuesday evening and then at 9:30 PM for a review of the just-concluded debate.
The Creation Museum is paying Nye a fee plus expenses. The fee has not been disclosed, but Nye’s usual fee is $50,000 to $75,000, according to Celebrity Talent International.
Two weeks ago registration for the free live online stream had topped 800,000, and registration is not required to watch. The museum expects well over 1 million people will watch the debate live. Subsequently, many will watch it on DVD or YouTube.
Read the prequel
Creation-Evolution Debate: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye
for background information on the debate, including the YouTube videos that sparked the debate.
Questions to Ponder
- Suppose you were in Ken Ham’s position. What argument(s) and evidence would you use to show that Creation is a viable explanation of origins?
- Suppose you were in Bill Nye’s position. How would you show that Creation is NOT a viable explanation of origins?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
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Tuesday February 4, 2014 A.D.
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