Science vs. Bible? 5 Arguments for and Against Creationism From the Ken Ham, Bill Nye Debate

4. Evidence Points to Creation

Ken Ham, founding president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, displayed this graphic to illustrate his idea of the "Creation Orchard," at The Creation Museum for Tuesday's debate with Bill Nye. | YouTube Screenshot

Far from Nye's arguments against it, however, Ham claimed that science promotes a creationist model. He discussed the "Creation Orchard," the alternative to the "Darwinian Evolutionary Tree," as a method of tracing small changes within "kinds." Ham cited a January 2014 study which argued for "a single origin for dogs, and disfavoring alternative models in which dog lineages arise separately from geographically distinct wolf populations." It was these kinds, not each species, which travelled with Noah on the Ark.

Nye attacked the idea of the flood from multiple angles. "Is it reasonable that Noah and his family were able to maintain 14,000 animals and themselves, and feed them, aboard a ship that was bigger than anyone's ever been able to build?" he asked. Nye also suggested that, if the animals from the flood landed in the Middle East, there should be skeletons of kangaroos between Ararat and Australia.

Bill Nye, known popularly as "The Science Guy" for his scientific kids show, used this graphic to explain how unlikely Noah's Ark would be, at The Creation Museum on Tuesday night, during his debate with Ken Ham. | YouTube Screenshot

5. The Bible Requires a Six-Day Creation

Christians who believe in an old earth are forced to contradict the Bible, Ham declared. "If you believe in millions of years, you've got death and suffering and disease over millions of years," the creationist explained. But "the Bible makes it very clear death is the result of man's sin." It also says both humans and animals did not eat meat until after the flood. "I'm not saying they're not Christians," Ham admitted, "because salvation is conditioned upon faith in Christ, not the age of the earth."

Nye admitted that there is "no incompatibility between religion and science," but argued that Ham is the exception. "There are millions in the world who believe in God and accept science," he explained. The "Science Guy" said he considers science and a higher power completely separate issues.

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