Last night a debate about the existence of humanity and planet earth happened between Bill Nye “the science guy” and Ken Ham, the founder of the creation museum in northern KY near Cincinnati. I personally did not get to watch the debate but have read multiple posts about the debate. I actually visited the creation museum in 2007 with a group of middle school students from the suburbs of Chicago. We were accompanied by Dr. John Walton, professor at Wheaton College, who admittedly does not share the same views as Ken Ham. It was an interesting and thought provoking tour as Dr. Walton walked through the museum with me and a few students explaining his version of each exhibit. More information can be found on Ken Ham’s Young Earth perspective at Answers In Genesis. (Linked Here)
You can read Walton’s view of Genesis 1 in his book, “Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology.” You can find a short review of the book in a blog post from The Gospel Coalition. (Article Linked Here) Needless to say, I do not agree with Walton’s view but find it an interesting perspective. I had never taken to into consideration the Near Eastern worldview in studying Genesis 1.
As for where I land on the creation account, I’m still not convinced we know all the details. I do believe that Genesis 1 is a creation account. I believe that God supernatural spoke the world into existence. Am I convinced that the world is billions or even millions of years old? No. Am I convinced the world is 6,000 years old? No. I personally lean towards younger as opposed to older (millions or billions), but the details are less important to me than the fact that God did it as recorded in His Word. Not understanding the nuances of creation do not personally cause question about the fact that a loving God created us, our sin separated us, and His Son saved us. The phrase “major on the majors” comes to mind.
But if you are looking for a good perspective on last night’s debate, below you will find a section from the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Albert Mohler’s blog and a link to the full article. Mohler is a self-professed young earth creationist and does a great job talking through the debate at a much higher level than I ever could.
Ultimately, it is and was my prayer last night in the debate that Ken Ham, a Christ-follower, would represent Christ accurately. As ambassadors of Christ and His message we have an obligation and responsibility to represent Christ and to show the world His love and grace for all. Our job is not necessarily to just win, although I do love it when that happens.
Last night’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham attracted a huge international audience and no shortage of controversy—even before it began. Bill Nye, whose main media presence is as “The Science Guy,” and Ken Ham, co-founder of Answers in Genesis and founder of the Creation Museum, squared off in a true debate over one of the most important questions that the human mind can contemplate. That is no small achievement.
I enjoyed a front row seat at the debate, which took place even as a major winter storm raged outside, dumping considerable amounts of snow and ice and causing what the local police announced as a “Class Two” weather emergency. Inside the Creation Museum there was quite enough heat, and the debate took place without a hitch. Thankfully, it also took place without acrimony.
The initial controversy about the debate centered in criticism of Bill Nye for even accepting the invitation. Many evolutionary scientists, such as Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne, refuse to debate the issue, believing that any public debate offers legitimacy to those who deny evolution. Nye was criticized by many leading evolutionists, who argued publicly that nothing good could come of the debate.