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Nye hoped to reach a few of the misguided parents, children, and teachers, by showing that evolution is good science while creationism is simply nonsense. Nye was criticized for his appearance at the debate because it was just adding money to the Creation Museum coffers but accepted the challenge nonetheless, because, he said, if we don’t address the challenges from the creationists we run the risk of living in ignorance.
The problem Nye faced is Ham’s philosophy itself. When asked about the dating of material from the past Ham said it was easy because he had eye witness reports from the word of “God” that were written in the Bible. This is his view of science which Ham says was hijacked by the secularists. OK, Mr Ham, you got me there. To the best of my knowledge people wrote what they claimed God told them. There is a difference between that and God sitting down with pen and paper.
Now, Nye, as you might expect politely contested his points, pointing out that there were no tests to verify the biblical claims. Further, he noted, there is nothing in his biblical findings that can predict future events, whereas science can predict many events based on prior tests. The frustration with attempting to explaining any logic to Bible Bangers rests with their traditional response, “I know this because God said so.” The rational thinkers inevitably ask: “show me where God actually wrote something down.” According to the Bible, God said things and someone wrote it down. Never mind that the scribe was not even there when God allegedly said it. Never mind that the writing might be centuries old, and even well after the event is supposed to have happened. This is the circular logic of the faithful.
After reading much of the debate between these two I have concluded that I will no longer attempt to convince religious people that they may have it wrong. It is like trying to teach a pig to sing. It annoys the pig and frustrates me.