The Bill Nye versus Ken Ham debate on science and religion is just a couple of hours away and it seems that just about everyone has their ballots cast in favor of one of the theorists. While many if not most people firmly believe that only one side can be right, Daniel Lewis, a Christian seminary student working towards his B.A. in theology and worship leader from Toronto, Canada has a different and more unique opinion on the matter. Rather than arguing that Ken Ham alone has the right opinion, Lewis believes that both science and religion can have a marriage and in conjunction with each other, be used to explain everything. Through the eyes of an inclusive Christian, the Guardian Liberty Voice has investigated the less talked about perspective that Christianity and science can go hand-in-hand.
How it All Started
It was over one year when Nye released his YouTube video that argued creationism is not appropriate for children. While many were in agreement, it also sparked a wide range of controversy from the religious community and Ken Ham in particular. As opinions clashed like fires on a battlefield, events which transpired eventually led to the upcoming debate, which has been so highly anticipated that 900 tickets sold out in just two days of them going on sale. Both of the experts are highly educated in their respective fields and will be debating whether creation a viable model to be considered in today’s modern scientific era.
While the event has many from the scientific community concerned and troubled, the Christian and religious community are excited for the opportunity to openly debate the concept of creationism with such a large audience. Dr. David DeWitt from the Center for Creation Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg says that he is thrilled because this is an opportunity to clearly show people the contrast between a Biblical creation view and an atheistic evolutionary one.
The Inclusive Perspective
Like DeWitt, Lewis, through his inclusive eyes also considers the upcoming debate a good thing because it pits two credible sources against each other through an even playing field of equal value. On one hand he says, everybody loves Bill Nye and Ken Ham knows what he is talking about from a theological perspective. According to Lewis, religion and Christianity is man-made but the belief system is not. He says that both science and religion have their own problems which he hopes they can overcome.
Evolution will always try to discredit the belief system and creationism will always try to say that God did everything and some people will argue the point that they don’t need to understand the “what exactly happened.” Scripture actually says “what exactly happened.”
The Christian Perspective on Young-Earth Scenario
When asked about his personal belief about the creationist perspective that the Earth is only around 6,000 years old and was created in six days, Lewis explained the Christian perspective in more detail. He explains that from a humanist perspective, six days is seen as 24 hours and that means that creationism says God created the Earth in only 144 hours. From a humanist perspective, this is obviously impossible. But to be more thorough about the Christian point of view, Lewis elaborated.
From a humanist type of opinion, it is just not enough time to create a giant world with seas, land, animals and people. It’s just not humanly viable. However, from a Christian and creationist viewpoint, we look at God as an all-powerful being that can basically do anything. We look at six days and think, why not? He’s all powerful. He can do anything.
Hoping For the Best
When asked about his thoughts on what he hopes the outcome of today’s debate will be, Lewis said he thinks Bill Nye and Ken Ham will settle on an agreement to disagree. At the best, he hopes both sides can acknowledge the other half can be correct or at least mirror each other and be credible. At the worst he says, the creationist viewpoint will disallow anything that science brings to the table and science will completely disregard anything that God could bring. Ultimately, he worries that there will be more closed-minds and hostility.
Lewis hopes that by the end of the day, Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be able to shake hands and part as fellow theorists in their respective fields. “One of the main principles Christ teaches is to love your neighbor as if it is yourself. Less hostility and more love.” It is concepts like this sort of inclusiveness that Lewis hopes to explore in an upcoming podcast he hopes to create in April, which will explore topics such as alcoholism, homosexuality and marriage in a loving way without disrespecting any sort of viewpoint. Through the eyes of an inclusive Christian, the other side of the grass does not seem all that brown. One can only hope that Lewis’ concept of love over hostility is the overall outcome of tonight’s debate. Time will tell.
By Jonathan Holowka