- Bill Nye, the Science Guy, a brilliant, if not nerdy scientist who is also an atheist with a decided distaste for all things Genesisy, and
- Ken Ham, the founder & president of Answers In Genesis, also a scientist, as well as a Aussie-accented Biblical apologist.
Together these men addressed a meaty & much maligned subject: the relevancy of the Biblical creation narrative in today's modern & technologically advanced era. Two guesses who took which side in the debate? (Big cheesy grin)
I don't expect anyone to sit through this three hour juggernaut unless, of course, you feel it worth your while. There's just way too many worththewhiles in our lives as it is, so one must be judicious in making selections.
What I will say is that believers need not hide from this Hot Button Issue of origins. These two passionate men give us a powerful demonstration of how to have the debate with conviction and respect.
Postscript: This debate aired live on television. The audience was 800 deep, and included a myriad news reporters from assorted venues. The post-debate commentary was almost as interesting as the debate itself, with proponents from both sides claiming victory (think football mania). I didn't see it as a win/lose contest, so I didn't keep score or give a hoot what the media thought. Yet throughout the discourse this scripture ran through my thoughts:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven
against all the godlessness and wickedness of people,
who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
since what may be known about God
is plain to them, because God has
made it plain to them.
For since the creation of the world
God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and
divine nature—have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made,
so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified
Him as God nor gave thanks to Him,
but their thinking became futile and their foolish
hearts were darkened.
Although they claimed to be wise,
they became fools and exchanged the glory of
the immortal God for images made to look like
a mortal human being and birds and
animals and reptiles...
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,
and worshiped and served created things
rather than the Creator—
who is forever praised.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it
worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God,
so God gave them over to a depraved mind,
so that they do what ought not to be done...
Although they know God’s righteous decree
that those who do such things deserve death,
they not only continue to do these very things
but also approve of those who practice them.
~ Romans 1:18-32, selected