Post-Debate Thoughts

Here are a few miscellaneous thoughts from the debate tonight between Ken Ham and Bill Nye:

1. The Debate Topic – The question being debated was “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific world?” Ken Ham did a great job showing that believing in creation does not make one an anti-science Neanderthal. His use of actual scientist testimony was helpful in showing this.

2. A repeated point – Ham’s repeated point about the need to separate historical “science” from operational science is something we need to hear more of. Science is what is testable, repeatable, verifiable. While hypothesis about the past have been made by the scientific community, it is good for everyone to remember that these are nothing more than a hypothesis, and cannot be proved through repeatable tests. Faith and belief are at play in the evolutionist as much as with the creationist.

3. What our children are taught – We know this, but Ham brought it out clearly. Our children are being indoctrinated into a cultural religion of secularism. There is a reason that creationism is so marginalized, and it’s not because creationists don’t grow up to be engineers or scientists. Our marginalization comes because our message runs radically counter to the way the world would have us to think and believe.

4. The power punch –  For me the most powerful moment came after Nye had spoken about his hope for humanity and the way he is inspired in discovering new things. Ken rebutted with the sobering reality that if Nye believes this world is all there is, so what? What will it matter that? You’ll be dead and gone soon enough with no memory of it, and in a few years, no one will even remember you existed. Ham openly exposed the emptiness of an evolutionary worldview.

5. We are too easily embarrassed – I follow lots of Bible teachers, leaders, pastors, etc. on both Facebook and Twitter. Many were updating as the debate went on. While there were lots of good comments, a startling reality was apparent. There were many Christians who were embarrassed by Ken Ham’s presentation of the truth. It would seem that our culture’s efforts to make standing for Biblical truth uncool have made powerful inroads.

6. The gospel was shared and Biblical truth was defended – I praise God that at several points during the debate Ken Ham took time to present not just creation, but the gospel message of Christ dying for our sins. God’s word was shared, it will not return void.

7. In the end, it’s about authority. The difference between the two debaters came down to authority. Whose authority is final and trustworthy. Ken was unapologetic that his authority was the Bible. He started with it, and from it he understands the world around him. Nye’s authority is man is the opinions of the scientific community and his interpretation of his observations. The authority you start with will determine where you end up. So who is your authority? God’s word or man’s opinion?