‘Debate of the Decade’: Enormous Interest for Upcoming Creation/Evolution Debate with Ken Ham, Bill Nye


CINCINNATI – The highly-anticipated debate next month between creationist Ken Ham and evolutionist Bill Nye has generated so much interest that tickets for the event sold out in two minutes.

As previously reported, Ken Ham—president and CEO of the Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG)—revealed last week that he will be debating Bill Nye “the Science Guy” next month at AiG’s Creation Museum, which is located near Cincinnati. Nye, who is the former host of the PBS children’s program Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an outspoken evolutionist who regularly equates Biblical creation to scientific illiteracy.

In a statement released earlier this month, Ham said the debate “will be one of our major events in 2014 to highlight how children and teens are being influenced by evolutionary thinking.”

“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 stated. “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.”

During the debate, Ham and Nye will focus on the question, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” The debate is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on February 4th in the Creation Museum’s Legacy Hall.

Last week’s initial debate announcement was met with enormous public interest, as numerous media outlets publicized the story and AiG’s website encountered record traffic levels. Then, when tickets for the event went on sale Monday, they sold out within minutes—even though the debate venue seats nearly 1,000 people.

“The upcoming February 4 debate has already generated significant attention from national media,” explains a recent statement from AiG, “and tickets to attend live were completely sold out within two minutes of release.”

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Since tickets for the event sold out so quickly, AiG spokespersons advise that they would like to stream the debate live. However, details are still being worked out for the online broadcast.

“Don’t miss this ‘debate of the decade’!” the AiG statement continues. “Watch at home, or organize to show the live stream to your small group, your youth group, or even your entire church.”

The debate between Ham and Nye comes at a time when Americans remain sharply divided over the creation/evolution debate. According to a 2012 study by Gallup, 46% of people in the U.S. believe that “God created humans in present form,” which is a slight rise from recent years. The same study also shows that 15% of Americans believe humans evolved by natural means, while 32% believe in God-guided evolution.

In an email interview with Christian News Network, Mark Looy—Chief Communications Officer for AiG—said the creation/evolution debate is an important one, since beliefs on life’s origins directly affect one’s worldview.

“With our viewpoint, there is meaning and purpose in life because there is a Creator,” Looy explained. “With atheistic evolution, there is no meaning or purpose in life—we are just ‘accidents’ in the universe. … What you believe about where you came from biologically helps determine your worldview.”

The enormous response to next month’s debate demonstrates the public’s interest in the creation/evolution issue, Looy added.

“We expected a lot of interest in this debate nationwide, but not quite to the degree that we have seen,” he said. “The fact that we had our highest web visitor total ever the day we announced the debate, 151,000 unique visitors, is one barometer (an average day is 30,000).  The creation/evolution issue remains a hot button topic in society as there’s always been a curiosity about the topic, and this public debate reveals that interest.”

Ultimately, Looy hopes the debate between Ham and Nye will bring the message of biblical creation to as many people as possible.

“The creationist viewpoint is largely censored from the public arena,” he stated. “Public schools, mainstream media and museums largely ignore our model of origins. This public debate will enable more people to hear the case for creation.”

Image: Answers in Genesis

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  • dr johnny

    good LORD…debating bill the science guy is like debating with soured butter



  • jean5ez

    Romans 1:28-32 lists debate amongst other things…

  • The advice has always been not to bother to debate creationists because it provides a degree of standing that Creationism does not warrant. It is not a credible point of view on reality, it has no evidence to support it and usually the best it can do is try to confuse people about science and to ‘nitpick’ via a ‘Gish Gallop’ of long-refuted arguments.

    The typical arguments ‘for’ Creationism are the same old, same old and the valid debunkings can still be found on sites whose archives date back to the 90s (and even before!). Creationism preys upon people’s ignorance and unfounded fears of secularism and atheism to sell them snake oil.

    This is almost certainly a cheap publicity stunt by Ham to prop up his failing finances and museum. Nye has fallen for it, assuming any honesty on the part of his opponent. Instead we find ourselves with a circus, held at a biased location with a biased audience (no sceptic and atheist groups were unable to get tickets despite waiting for the very moment they came on sale).

    If Nye has any sense he will simply ignore his opponent (it takes longer to debunk nonsense arguments than to make them) and use the opportunity to educate. Something he is good at.

  • Sofa King

    Debates are worthless – all it does is have a bully yammering over the other side in a flustering gish-gallop of garbage.

  • Charles

    Remove Genesis from this discussion. Only a small percentage of the world considers it authoritative, historical and based on fact. (even most Christians will admit it is allegorical and poetic)

    Okay… now where is the “creation” side of the argument? How do you begin with the presumption of a creator-god (especially one that is benevolent)without Genesis?

  • Dave Wyckoff

    I would suggest if you think Ken Ham is wrong that you read his book (Six Days) with an open mind. And then try refuting his thoughts. You can try using your atheistic non-proven thoughts, but you will not get the job done.

    • Charles

      Every apologetic attempt is the same. Starting with Josh McDowell and Evidence That Demands a Verdict through William Lane Craig… the presumptions and false premises so cloud the discussion that it is mind numbing.
      Lee Strobel’s Case for Christ or Case for a Creator are so muddled with nonsense, it takes 5 pages to refute all of the false premises he uses to establish his arguments.
      Just because you don’t know something, it is a fallacy to say that is god. But in every case, that is exactly what they do… *we don’t know so that must be god.
      (*That, by the way, is the height of hubris)

      Here is another question you won’t attempt to answer:
      If the entire purpose of life is to get into heaven and be with god, why life at all? Why not just start in heaven?
      (If those in heaven could rebel originally- causing the fall of satan and his followers- why won’t it happen again, and again?)

  • MD Young

    Don’t worry. Showing Ken Ham’s defeat to Christians around the globe won’t have any negative impact on church attendance. Right?

  • Edward Borges-Silva

    What I note in this discussion is that the body of remarks by most contributors is merely a catalogue of charges and counter charges with little or no offering of evidence. In fact there are a number of well credentialed scientists who offer substantive arguments refuting the fallacies of evolutionary thought. However, most of us laypeople are not qualified to scientifically assess the arguments for or against evolution, we tend to subscribe to our personal biases and parrot the arguments by our preferred camp without reference to science or evidence.
    For my part, I find succor from God’s Word, and the undeniable fact that the mere odds of life arising serendipitously from random processes has been calculated by competent mathematicians as astronomically unlikely as to be nil. Any one who is intellectually honest can google the appropriate questions and get reasonable responses from thoughtful people who are qualified to answer those questions. Ad hominem attacks and mere dismissals are simple intellectual dishonesty and reflect a censorious attitude that is both unreflective and fearful.

  • Chris

    I think if it really were the “Debate of the Decade” then people would be talking about it now that it is over, and I can’t find any reviews or commentary.