The countdown to the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate has begun, and later today, the two men will go head to head at the Creation Museum, a facility of which Ham is the president and founder. The debate will take place at 7:00 p.m. EST and is entitled Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins? Bill Nye – Ken Ham Debate. What can audiences expect from this hotly anticipated discussion? Here is a sneak peek about what to expect tonight along with detailed information about exactly how to watch this debate.
The debate sold out almost instantly, so those who don’t have seats in the Creation Museum auditorium will most likely be flooding the internet to watch the event streamed live for free on debatelive.org. The site is asking those interested to sign up beforehand by providing an email address. After a potential viewer signs up, an email will be sent to his or her inbox which will contain a link to a live stream on which to watch the debate.
If an interested viewer is not able to watch live online as the event happens, a variety of other options are available. DVDs are on sale for $19.99. There is also the choice for a DVD and download combo for $19.99, a download-only option in HD for $12.99 and an SD option for $9.99. The options are all available for pre-order through the website.
In addition to being able to sign up for the live stream to be sent to an email address, viewers may also access the recorded stream for a period of time on YouTube after the debate is over. The debatelive.org website states that the live stream may be rebroadcast to groups but with the caveat that no admission or other fees may be charged.
The deaf community will also be able to access this debate on the website Debate Live ASL. The Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate is being eagerly awaited by thousands, if not millions, of people, so the multiple streams of access will be beneficial in accommodating all who wish to view this event. Given that the live event at the Creation Museum auditorium is reported to have sold out within two minutes, a huge turnout online is anticipated.
Now on to the issue of a sneak peek of exactly what to expect from creationist Ken Ham and scientist Bill Nye “The Science Guy.” Ham believes the Book of Genesis in The Bible to be a literal description of how the earth was formed and not as a symbolic representation or creation myth. Ham tends to lean mostly on purely biblical teachings when he speaks, and does not generally present peer-reviewed, published evidence to support his views. It’s being reported by those “in the know” that Ham is “preparing furiously” for the debate.
Bill Nye has an engineering degree and has been described as a “science communicator.” He supports Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution; a theory that has a great deal of scientific evidence behind it. Nye is a skilled entertainer with a jovial personality, but he does not have a doctorate or equivalent degree in evolution science itself, so some in the secular community are hoping he has prepared as thoroughly as Ham has for the debate. Since Nye is not an expert in evolution, some on his side of the debate are nervous that Ham’s charismatic personality and passionate way of speaking could make sense to a lot of viewers who do not have a science background.
Both men have a good amount of experience with the public and with broadcasting; and both are in the public eye, so it can expected that the debate will remain civil. It can also be expected that very few, or even zero, minds will be changed on either side. Both camps will most likely call their man the winner.
The countdown to the Bill Nye Vs. Ken Ham Debate is on. It’s easy to discover how to watch this live event and in addition to this sneak peek, The Guardian Liberty Voice will be offering additional coverage of the debate as the event unfolds live tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST.
By: Rebecca Savastio