Bill Nye, former television host and current science education advocate, and Ken Ham, CEO of Answers In Genesis, will debate creationism on Feb. 4. The "Debate at the Creation Museum" will take place in Petersburg Ky. and the live stream begins at 6:55 p.m. EST and the debate will start at 7 p.m. EST.
The debate between Nye, known as "the Science Guy," and Ham will focus on the question of "Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?" According to the Associated Press, Ham invited Nye to the debate following comments made by Nye about the dangers of creationism. In one video for Big Think, entitled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children," Nye says, "I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future."
Nye is well known from his stint as the host the children's show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" and is a science education advocate. With his social media work and as the CEO of the Planetary Society, Nye has been working to "turn on the public in general, and kids in particular, to the “way cool” wonders of science" and the value of scientific exploration.
Ham is the CEO and founder of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum, located in Kentucky and is currently building a full-sized Noah's Ark as part of the Ark Encounter. Ham is a biblical apologist and has written several books including "The Lie: Evolution."
Writing an opinion piece for CNN, Ham said of the debate with Nye, "I also look forward to the opportunity to help counter the general censorship against creationists' view of origins. While we are not in favor of mandating that creation be taught in public school science classes, we believe that, at the very least, instructors should have the academic freedom to bring up the problems with evolution." Ham likened the upcoming creationism debate to the Scopes Trial which featured John Scopes, a high school biology teacher, being charged under the Butler Act in Tennessee for illegally teaching evolution.
The evolution/creation debate will be moderated by CNN correspondent Tom Foreman and according to the blog post on Answers In Genesis more than 10,000 churches, colleges and other organizations are setting up viewing events for the debate. After the debate, Nye and Ham will be featured on "Piers Morgan Live."
According to the Pew Research Center, a recent survey indicates 60 percent of Americans believe in evolution although 33 percent believe humans have not evolved and have "existed in their present form since the beginning of time."
The creationism debate live stream begins at 6:55 p.m. EST, the event starts at 7 p.m. EST, and can be viewed below.