CINCINNATI – As anticipation continues to mount for Tuesday’s debate between creationist Ken Ham and evolutionist Bill Nye, one Christian ministry has announced they will be broadcasting a “pre and post debate” show live at the location of the debate.
As previously reported, Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham and Bill Nye “the Science Guy” are scheduled to face off in a creation/evolution debate Tuesday evening at the Creation Museum. During the debate, Ham and Nye will focus on the question, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”
Ever since it was announced, the upcoming debate has generated significant public interest; in fact, tickets to the event sold out in merely two minutes. However, Answers in Genesis has since announced that the debate will be streamed live at DebateLive.org.
In the weeks leading up to the debate, various Christian ministries have commended Answers in Genesis for hosting this historic debate. Creation Today, an apologetics ministry based in Pensacola, has defended Ken Ham from evolutionists who disparagingly claim that Ham is an unqualified “non-scientist.”
“Actually,” Creation Today’s Paul Taylor wrote in an online article, “Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Applied Science / Environmental Biology) from Queensland Institute of Technology, and a Diploma of Education (qualifying him to teach science in public schools in Australia) from the University of Queensland.”
“Bill Nye, on the other hand,” Taylor continued, “has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, which is not actually a pure science, though [it] ought to enable him to recognize design when he sees it!”
Creation Today recently announced that they will be broadcasting a “pre and post debate show” at the Creation Museum premises on Tuesday. According to the Creation Today website, the pre and post debate show will feature a variety of well-known Christian leaders.
“Creation Today will be traveling to the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate to host a pre and post debate show live from the Creation Museum,” the ministry’s website explains. “We are looking forward to hearing from several guests including Dr. Terry Mortenson, Mark Spence, Paul Taylor, Ray Comfort, Bodie Hodge, Emeal Zwayne, and Pastor Chad Hovind.”
The pre debate show will be streamed on the home page of Creation Today’s website, starting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. CST). The debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye begins at 7:00 p.m. EST (6:00 CST).
In an interview with Ray Comfort, Ken Ham said the debate format will allow for a fair discussion.
“The format that we’ve agreed to is, first of all, we’ll both give opening statements of five minutes each,” Ham informed. “So, those opening statements are very, very important, because so many of the secular media will be here. … After we give the five minute opening statements, then we have thirty minutes each to present our case.”
“To sum it all up in thirty minutes—for both of us—is going to be a challenge,” Ham added. “And then, we each have two lots of five minute rebuttal times, and then we’re going to take questions from the audience, asked of us through the moderator that will be there. … [The format] gives each of us the opportunity to present some of the basic things we want to present and then to answer each other, then to let the audience ask questions.”
Ham believes the debate will be eye-opening for many people who reject the truthfulness of biblical creation.
“I think [the secular media] have this idea that we are these right-wing, Bible-thumping fundamentalists and I’m just going to get up there and thump the Bible and preach at them,” Ham told Comfort. “I think a lot of these people don’t really know who we are or the incredible amount of research that has gone on behind the work that we do.”
“I think God orchestrated this and brought it together,” Ham said.