Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Bill Nye and Ken Ham Debate

I just watched the creation/evolution debate by Ken Ham and Bill Nye. Outstanding. It remained civil and courteous the entire time. Both Nye and Ham are to be commended as gentlemen.  They were both articulate and thoughtful.  The moderator from CNN, Tom Foreman, was fair and the audience respectful. 

It was predictable with no fireworks, no smoking guns and no gotcha moments.  In the end, there is an irreconcilable difference between the two positions as was made clear. How one answers that question is the stuff of philosophy and theology. Even the Scripture admits the line of demarcation: 
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14 ESV)
I am proud of both Nye and Ham for this reasoned debate.  Nye questioned the wisdom in trusting the Bible over contemporary observation but he wasn't elitist or snarky.  Ham made no apologies for accepting the authority of the Bible but he wasn't patronizing.  Science is the better for this cordial exchange.