The event is likely to attract plenty of attention in scientific and faith circles, as Nye is a high-profile advocate of science education and Ham is a respected leader among Christians who believe the Bible's origin story is a factual account of the Earth's beginnings.Ham, it seems, has gotten his wish. The problem is, because of format issues and the fact that the audiences for these debates tend to not be up-to-speed on the science, they rarely go well for your average scientist. Bill Nye is not your average scientist, however and has a folksy, down home way of explaining things. Hopefully, that spirit will prevail. Look for Ham to be patronizing and evasive. Here is the Youtube video that got it started.
Ham had been hoping to attract the star of TV's "Bill Nye The Science Guy" to the northern Kentucky museum after Nye said in an online video last year that teaching creationism was bad for children. The video was viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.
"Having the opportunity to hold a cordial but spirited debate with such a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation-evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters," Ham said in a release Thursday.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Bill Nye to Debate Ken Ham
Bill Nye the Science Guy is slated to debate Ken Ham, head of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis. This debate is set to happen at the main hall of the Creation Museum at 7:00 p.m. on February 4. Tickets are $25 and will be available from Answers in Genesis beginning tomorrow (The event link is at the bottom of the page). I may try to get up there for this. On the other hand, I bet the local churches will bus people in by the hundreds just to make sure that Bill Nye is given a hard time so tickets may sell out fast. Here is the story on ABC News: