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Creationism, Science Clash During CNN Debate

Bill Nye at Tuesday's debate. (Image Credit: CNN)

Bill Nye at Tuesday's debate. (Image Credit: CNN)

Science educator Bill Nye, right, faced off against creationist Ken Ham in a debate Tuesday night.
 
The debate was moderated by CNN’s Tom Foreman and lasted just under two hours. It was streamed live on CNN.com. Bill Nye and Ken Ham later joined Piers Morgan on his program to offer additional insights and further reaction.

Touted as an evolution versus creationism discussion, talking points included everything from the biblical timeline to the “big bang” to extreme weather that is quickly becoming commonplace around the world.

“You cannot tie any one event to climate change,” Nye, popularly known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy” stressed in the Piers Morgan appearance, “But interestingly enough, there is new statistical evidence… that extreme heat events can be tied to climate change. So that when more heat energy is in the atmosphere, you expect more storms.”

Ham then looked to clarify his position on Global Warming:

“I didn’t say I believe in global warming,” noted the CEO of “Answers in Genesis.”

Click here for a full recap of some of the key talking points during Tuesday night’s debate.

You can also click below to watch the debate in full:

16 comments

  • Ulises (@Ulises_Jofre)

    Some other fossilized questions for a deeper and funnier debate, for instance: is there evolution if there is no time? How will evolutionary biology meet new physical paradigms about time, space and so on? Will new conceptual changes deny evolution? Or on the contrary, will it become a more extraordinary process, full of astonishing implications? If so, will past human beings and the rest of living beings become something different as science progresses? After all, is life something fix-finite-defined? That is, can one understand it by means of using a flesh brain and its limited words, axioms and dogmas? Does the whole of life fit inside a bone box? Indeed, will science add indefinitely without understanding completely, is there an infinite pool of knowledge and ignorance waiting for us? Otherwise, will religions use the word God forever and ever, as if it were a death thing, a repetitive thing that is part of human discussions? And, in order to speak about God, are they using his limited brain or do they use unknown instruments? Along these lines, there is a different book, a preview in http://goo.gl/rfVqw6 Just another suggestion in order to freethink for a while

  • Nuclear Mike

    So when did chemsitry become biology??? The moment of creation.

    When did the Big Bang happen??? The moment of creation.

    • Skillpot

      Duck, it is the ‘finite’ mind of mankind that cannot grasp the ‘infinite’ mind of God that gets in the way of understanding that there is no ‘Theory’ in it, but the BIG BANG FACT of God when He put His Plan in place, for the Universe, and Mankind, in the beginning!

  • Lisa Jennings

    When I was 5 yrs. old, I asked my Mom, Who is God’s Mom and Dad? She said God is (I am )and we know a beginning and end, since the first sin of Adam and Eve. But, our soul lives forever and when the ONE TIME event happens (the return of Jesus) then we will understand it all.
    As for the expanding universe my theory is “God said in his book “The Bible” that he was preparing a place for his Christians. Maybe Heaven is the whole Universe and he needs to expand it for us Christians to live Forever.
    When I was in school about 30 years ago, I was an A and B student in Science. I believe that we need science now here on earth to help us find cures for germs that invade us and to help us be able to have neat things like cells phones. The pay phone stink in my opinion.

    • Skillpot

      Lisa, before the BIG BANG fact, God created a Perfect Plan for mankind to follow, including those things mankind could find out, for the benefit of mankind, and that includes ALL the cures we need to exist in this world! We, regardless of whether we understand it or not, we are carrying out God’s Plan for us, daily!

      An important fact, God Planned for us to SIN, that is why He brought it into focus, and gives each of mankind the OSN at conception!

  • preacher

    In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth. “Big Bangs” don’t “create”, they Destroy. Just ask the good people in Hiroshima. Almighty (omnipotent) God rules in Heaven And Earth. End of Debate! Amen…

    • Ted

      That wasn’t the topic of the debate, it was “Does creationism hold water”. I don’t think the earth is only 4-6000 years old, I believe the hard evidence of fossils, all the different dating techniques, and the evidence that is all around us. I do believe in the exhistence of a higher power, but not the literal belief in the bible.

  • Gomez

    Ted, you need to read THE Bible. start with Hebrews 9:27, then read Psalms 14:1, And 9:17. All unbelievers SHALL have their part in The Lake Of Fire, Period!

  • Mike Soroczak

    It was Ham on Nye. The Flintstone Christians versus modern day science. In a nut shell, you can prove history and predict future events with science. There is nothing you can re-create in the bible to get repeatable results therefore it is a leap of faith.

  • Wake Up

    Everyone needs to watch the 2 hours and 46 minutes debate before you spout off! Something tells me you will not.

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