Bill Nye, former 1990s-era television “Science Guy” and vocal critic of creationist theories of humanity, took on the founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum for a much-publicized debate on how life started.
Mr. Nye, wearing his trademark bow tie — but absent his signature TV show white lab coat — kicked off discussions with Creation Museum creator Ken Ham with this caveat: “I just want to remind us all there are billions of people in the world who are deeply religious, who get enriched by the wonderful sense of community by their religion. But these same people do not embrace the extraordinary view that the Earth is somehow only 6,000 years old,” The Associated Press reported.
Mr. Nye adheres to the Big Bang theory — that the universe was shaped due to a heat-driven explosion — and he has advised parents to quit teaching their children creationism. Mr. Ham, for his part, said the Earth was actually created 6,000 years ago and follows the path of development put for in the Bible.
“Creation is the only viable model of historical science confirmed by observational science in today’s modern scientific era,” Mr. Ham said, AP reported. “I believe the word ‘science’ has been hijacked by secularists.”
The Creation Museum opened in 2007.