Science & The Bible: Are They Compatible?
Bill Nye the Science Guy debated creationist Ken Ham on Tuesday night over the issues of science, biology and biblical creation. The three-hour debate consisted of Nye defending evolutionary theory in the face of Ham’s belief in biblical literalism and whether or not the Genesis tale is fundamentally true. The debate was respectful and open, allowing both to air their opinions in a manner that gave both worldviews equal opportunity to be heard.
On the question of Noah’s Ark, Nye claimed that “Mr. Ham and his followers have this remarkable view of a world-wide flood that somehow influenced everything we see in nature.” Nye claimed that there is no possible way for the story to be literally true. He continued: “Here’s my concern. What keeps the United States ahead — what makes the United States a world leader is our technology — [is] our new ideas, our innovations. If we continue to eschew science … we are not going to move forward.”
Ham countered by saying: “I believe the word ‘evolution’ has been hijacked by secularists … using a bait and switch,” he said. “The word evolution is being used in public school textbooks … for observable changes we would agree with, and then unobservable changes.”
Watch the debate below.