TV's famed "Bill Nye the Science Guy" will argue the case against creation and for evolution as he faces the founder and president of the renowned Creation Museum, Ken Ham, at a sold-out event next month.
The Feb. 4 debate at 7 p.m. EST will be held in the museum's 900-seat Legacy Hall. The museum, which has drawn 2 million guests in six years, is located in Petersburg, Ky., near Cincinnati, Ohio. The museum is an outreach of the apologetics organization of Answers in Genesis (AiG).
The agreed-upon topic for the debate is: "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era?"
"A debate with Mr. Nye, nationally known for his children's TV program and for promoting evolution, will be one of our major 2014 events that will highlight how children and teens are being influenced by evolutionary thinking," says Ham.
"This year our AiG theme is 'Standing our ground, rescuing our kids,'" he continues. "Having the opportunity to have a cordial but spirited debate with a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation/evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters."
Ham adds, "I hope to show Mr. Nye and our debate audience that observational science confirms the scientific accuracy of the Genesis account of origins, not evolution."
Nye was the Emmy-winning host and producer of the popular Bill Nye the Science Guy PBS television program for children. The TV show, featuring Nye wearing his trademark bow tie, was also shown in many public school science classrooms. He is the current executive director of the Planetary Society and is a frequent guest on TV and radio interview programs.
Last year, not only was Nye interviewed on countless programs to comment on science issues like climate change and creation versus evolution, but he also appeared on the popular network TV show Dancing With the Stars.
Ham, the visionary behind the Creation Museum, adds, "If his travel schedule permits that day, Mr. Nye will be my guest at the museum. I would personally show him through our museum before the debate. I would also like Mr. Nye to meet our several full-time staff members who hold earned doctorates in science."
Debate information can be obtained here, including information about the live-streaming of the event. All tickets have been sold.