Tonight you will be able to watch the Ken Ham, Bill Nye debate streaming live online from video being broadcast from the Creation Museum at 7 PM.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Ken Ham is staking his position from the young earth creationist perspective while Bill Nye is defending his beliefs as an atheist regarding evolution. Some people people say these starting points are enough to invalidate the Bill Nye, Ken Ham debate from the start.
The Ken Ham vs Bill Nye live debate tickets sold out within two days of going on sale. Since millions are apparently very interested in attending they’ll be streaming live video since the debate hall only holds about 900 people. Churches and schools have organized efforts to watch the debate together, but if you missed it live then YouTube will be keeping the full length debate online for free for a limited time (we’re assuming the Creation Museum will sell the video after).
Ken Ham says the Creation Museum is hosting the debate because Mr. Nye is a “serious advocate for his beliefs” who is considering the creationist position in a non-mocking way. Ham says, “I hope to show Mr. Nye and our debate audience that observational science confirms the scientific accuracy of the Genesis account of origins, not evolution.” Nye, on the other hand, is concerned about creationism being taught in American schools and says he will “highlight the fact that so many young people are dismissing the Bible because of evolution, and even many young people who had grown up in the church decided to leave the church because they saw evolution as showing the Bible could not be trusted.”
Interestingly enough, CNN is getting involved with the debate over evolution, with correspondent Tom Foreman moderating the debate. Ken Ham, Bill Nye debate will begin with this following question: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Besides considering evidence, this starting point means the debate will likely center on the philosophical underpinnings of natural philosophy, including the validity of methodological naturalism (a term which was coined in the 1980s) in contrast to other approaches toward science such as antiteleological, antisupernaturalist, and pragmatic naturalism.
This fact alone has this writer very interested in the debate since I’ve privately discussed with Ken Ham our differences in opinion over this very issue. To me, it’s fairly sad that many trained engineers and scientists never study philosophy. Even many experienced professionals do not seem to realize their understanding of science is but one philosophy out of many. This has led scientists to reject certain avenues of research as unwarranted of attention or to begin with unifying assumptions not justified by the empirical data. But it’s possible Bill Nye will only want to address US science education in relation to religion so we may not be treated to such a discussion.
What topics do you want to see brought up during the Ken Ham, Bill Nye debate?