|Ken Ham, of
Answers in Genesis
, debated Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" on the topic: "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era?" Some Christians have been critical of Ham, generally because he did not mention their favorite criticism or Achilles heel concerning
. However, I think this misses the point—Ham stuck pretty closely to the announced topic, as he should of.
Being a young earth creationist and having worked for decades as an
, and awarded patents for my work, I was both amused and irritated by Nye's incessant claim that belief in creationism is incompatible with engineering and technical progress.
The response to the debate from the
Intelligent Design (ID) community
has been mixed.
Those ID proponents who swallow the secular view of an old earth are upset that the anti-evolutionary stance taken by Ham included a
biblically-based belief in a young earth
. Some of their reviews make for interesting reading and serve to remind evangelical Christians that many (most?) proponents of ID reject Biblical authority.
Among numerous organizations capitalizing on the interest generated by the debate, Creation Ministry International put out this helpful
of the debate.
Within the narrow definition of the debate topic, I felt Ken Ham did an excellent job in the limited time available. He also provided several clear presentations of the gospel message.
It is my view we should support and pray for these important creation-related Christian ministries which uphold a straight forward interpretation of God's Word in the face of secular skepticism and widespread Christian compromise with the culture.