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Theories Collide in Evolution vs. Creationism Debate

PETERSBURG, Ky. (Angenette Levy) -- It's a debate that's raged for centuries:  Did God create the Earth or did it form after the Big Bang?

It's a topic that two heavyweights took on before a sold-out crowd Tuesday night.

Bill Nye The Science Guy accepted an invitation from Creation Museum founder Ken Ham to debate Creationism. Ham believes The Bible tells the creation of the world.

"We mean the account based on The Bible. Yes. I take Genesis as literal history as Jesus did," Ham said.

Ham cited the flood that prompted Noah to build an Ark and the fossils left behind as evidence.

"If there was a global flood you'd expect to find billions of dead things buried in rock layers lined out by water all over the earth," Ham said.

But Bill Nye, who believes in the Big Bang Theory and Evolution, said the best ship builders in the world couldn't have built a wooden ship to hold as many animals as the Ark did. Nye said he doesn't believe the entire world flooded.

"Get a sapling and put it under water for a year. It will not survive," Nye said.

Nye, an engineer by training, said there are trees on Earth that are 9,500 years old. He said the Creationist theory can't be correct because it puts the planet's age at 4,000 to 6,000 years old.

"How could these trees be there if there was an enormous flood just 4,000 years ago," Nye asked.

The sold-out crowd was enthralled. Audience members on both sides of the issue sat quietly as the men debated.

"They are imposing, I believe, the religion of naturalism and atheism on generations of students," Ham said.

Ham said there are scientists - including Raymond Damadian, who created the MRI- are creationists although he conceded they are a small minority. He said he believes secularists are "hijacking" science.

"They are imposing, I believe, the religion of naturalism and atheism on generations of students," Ham said.

While neither Nye nor Ham changed the others mind, they debated their points with civility.

"So if you're asking me, and I got the impression you were, is Ken Ham's creation model viable? I say no. Absolutely no," Nye said.

Museum officials estimate more than 1 million people watched the debate that streamed online. 70 local, national and international media outlets covered the event.




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