Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 1, 2014

Ham-Nye Debate: Behind the Scenes


Who do you think won last February’s
Ken Ham – Bill Nye debate on
Is Creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?
Did you question Ham’s debate strategy?
Did you wonder why Ham didn’t refute more of Nye’s claims?
Did some of Nye’s points bother you?

Ken Ham has co-authored a new book,
Inside the Nye Ham Debate: Revealing Truths from the Worldview Clash of the Century,
to answer such questions and tell the inside story behind his debate last February with Bill Nye.

Answers in Genesis author, speaker, and researcher and Ham son-in-law Bodie Hodge is Ham’s co-author.

The book includes
– Extensive inside details from Ken Ham along with Ham’s personal thoughts on Bill Nye and his beliefs.
– Detailed answers to questions Nye raised. Many could not be answered in the debate due to time limitations.
– Complete transcript of the debate.

Ham says the book “thoroughly dissects the entire debate from the opening statements to the question-answer period at the end. This book expounds on many of the statements and arguments that I made during the debate, and respectfully addresses Bill Nye’s arguments against the biblical position and for evolution and naturalism….Believers will be equipped to stand firmly on the authority of God’s Word and respectfully dialogue with others. Skeptics will be challenged with the truth of God’s Word, the bankruptcy of evolution and naturalism, and the abundance of scientific evidence for the biblical model of origins.”

Debate Evidence

The 350-page book costs $17 and is published by Master Books. It can be ordered here. Shipping begins October 31, 2014.

Millions watched the live stream of the debate at the Creation Museum on February 4, 2014. Since then over 15 million have watched AiG’s debate stream. Additionally, the YouTube video of the debate has been viewed about 3.5 million times.

The AiG debate site has an indexed video of the debate, so that viewers can jump to any point in the debate using the drop-down menu index.

Answers in Genesis has provided a wealth of material answering questions that Bill Nye raised in the debate. There were so many that Ken Ham did not have time to address them all. But AiG’s Post-Debate Answers page gives a long list of web articles answering all the scientific issues brought up in the debate. This Post-Debate Answers page is an excellent resource for answering the common questions posed to creationists.

During the debate, Ken Ham challenged Bill Nye with two questions. He received no answer then, and Bill Nye has not answered since. In fact, Bill Nye has yet to publish any list of articles defending his debate claims or rebutting Ham’s debate statements. Ken Ham asked,

  • “How do you account for the laws of logic and laws of nature from a naturalistic worldview that excludes the existence of God?”
  • “Can you name one piece of technology that could only have been developed starting with a belief in molecules-to-man evolution?”

These are important and incisive questions. Various versions of these questions have been asked by creationists for decades without ever getting good answers from evolutionists.

Questions to Ponder
  1. How do you think an evolutionist would answer Ken Ham’s two questions? Do you consider such answers satisfactory?
  2. If Bill Nye cannot answer Ken Ham’s two questions (and he hasn’t so far), what does this say about the credibility of evolutionism?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequel articles on this debate:
Creation-Evolution Debate: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye – background info & the YouTube videos that sparked the debate.
Ham on Nye Debate Update
Who Won the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye Debate?
– includes YouTube video of debate
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #1 – 4 web commentators
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #2 – 4 web commentators
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #3 – comments from debate moderator and post-debate challenges from debaters to each other
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #4 – Albert Mohler’s assessment
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #5 – Nye’s debate coach comments
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #6 – astronomer, CMI, WORLD mag
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #7 – Gary DeMar, Mally sisters video
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #8 – apologetics prof, science historian, debater
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #9 – chemist, ID advocate
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #10 – ID advocates
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #11 – space scientist
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #12 – creationist speaker, canyons
Ham vs. Nye Debate Continues – debaters issue statements

This completes my series of 17 articles on the Ham-Nye Creation-Evolution debate.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday October 1, 2014 A.D.

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

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