Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham at the Creation Museum

Live debate between “The Science Guy” and world’s leading creationist

PETERSBURG, Ky., January 2, 2014—TV’s famed “Bill Nye the Science Guy” will argue the case against creation and for evolution as he faces the founder and president of the renowned Creation Museum, Ken Ham. The February 4, 2014, debate at 7 p.m. EST will be held in the museum’s 900-seat Legacy Hall. The high-tech museum, which has drawn two million guests in six years (including 20,000 visitors at its recent Christmas Town programs), is located in Petersburg, Ky., near Cincinnati, Ohio. The museum is an outreach of the apologetics organization of Answers in Genesis.

The agreed-upon topic for the debate is: “Is creation a viable  model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”

“A debate with Mr. Nye, nationally known for his children’s TV program and for promoting evolution, will be one of our major 2014 events that will highlight how children and teens are being influenced by evolutionary thinking,” declared Ham.  “This year our AiG theme is ‘Standing our ground, rescuing our kids.’ Having the opportunity to have a cordial but spirited debate with 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 added: “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.”

Nye was the Emmy-winning host and producer of the popular “Bill Nye the Science Guy” PBS-TV program for children. The TV show, featuring Nye wearing his trademark bow-tie, was also shown in many public school science classrooms. He is the current executive director of the Planetary Society and is a frequent guest on TV and radio interview programs. Last year, not only was Mr. Nye interviewed on countless programs to comment on science issues like climate change and creation vs. evolution, but he also appeared on the popular network TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”

Ham, the visionary behind the Creation Museum, added: “If his travel schedule permits that day, Mr. Nye will be my guest at the museum. I would personally show him through our museum before the debate. I would also like Mr. Nye to meet our several full-time staff members who hold earned doctorates in science.”

Debate information can be obtained at http://www.answersingenesis.org/outreach/event/Nye-Ham-Debate/. Tickets go on sale through that webpage on Monday.

AiG has declared that it is willing to hold public debates with serious evolutionists with credentials. Even though some mocking, strident evolutionists have challenged AiG to debate, their requests are not considered. As a serious advocate for his beliefs, Nye’s opinions carry weight in society. Ham, who debated at Harvard in the 1990s, points out that evolution/creation public debates featuring serious debaters have become rare.

HamNyePortraitSmall The Creation Museum is an outreach of the Bible-defending organization of Answers in Genesis. The AiG website www.AnswersInGenesis.org , which was recently displayed on large billboards in Times Square New York, the San Francisco Bay area, and Los Angeles/Hollywood, has been voted “Best Ministry Website” two times as determined by the National Religious Broadcasters. AiG’s “Answers” magazine has twice picked up the top Christian magazine award from the Evangelical Press Association. Later this year, AiG will start construction on a full-size Noah’s Ark south of Cincinnati; see www.ArkEncounter.com.

For information on AiG and its numerous Bible-upholding outreaches, visit www.AnswersInGenesis.org.

 -30-

Note to Editors: For more information about the debate, including media passes, photos, or to request an interview with a Creation Museum spokesperson, please contact Melany Ethridge of A. Larry Ross Communications at 972.267.1111.