S., and encouraging parents who have doubts about evolution not to teach them to their children "because we need them." In a follow-up interview with the Associated Press, Nye said, "If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate." Soon after, Ham began trying to convince Nye to visit Ai G's Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, which presents a YEC viewpoint that the Earth was created by God approximately 6,000 years ago and dinosaurs and humans once co-existed, in contrast to the scientific consensus that the Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old and the existence of dinosaurs and humans is separated by about 60 million years.
Fossils, genetics, and other disciplines give compelling evidence that all life on earth is related and developed over a very long time through natural processes.
But we're also brothers and sisters in Christ with Ken Ham.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he died for our sins and rose from the dead, and that the Bible is the authoritative word of God." Others expressed concern that Nye's relative lack of familiarity with evolution – his formal training is in mechanical engineering – and inexperience in debates might lead some to conclude that Ham won the debate.
The debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the question "Is Creation A Viable Model of Origins?
" was held February 4, 2014, at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Tickets to the event sold out within minutes, and according to a Christian public relations firm an estimated 3 million people viewed the event live via video streams on the Internet.
Ham, founder and chief executive officer of the Young Earth creationist (YEC) ministry Answers in Genesis (Ai G), challenged Nye, a science educator best known for hosting the 1990s television series Bill Nye the Science Guy, to the debate after taking exception to a You Tube video featuring Nye lamenting the refusal of a large segment of the U. During the debate, Ham advocated the legitimacy of a YEC model of the universe's origins, while Nye cited observations from a variety of scientific fields to defend the scientific consensus that the Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old.
Many scientists were critical of Nye for accepting Ham's invitation, claiming his participation in the debate gave Ham's views undeserved legitimacy, but two humanist groups – the American Humanist Association and the Center for Inquiry praised Nye's decision.
Scientists, both Christian and non-Christian, generally agreed that Nye won the debate, at least in terms of the science presented, although they debated how convincing the victory was.
Ham later announced that the publicity generated by the debate had spurred fundraising for Ai G's planned Ark Encounter theme park, allowing the ministry to begin construction.
A related book by Bill Nye, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, was released on November 4, 2014.
The video featured Bill Nye, best known for hosting the children's educational television program Bill Nye the Science Guy during the 1990s, lamenting that a significant portion of the U. population does not believe in evolution, asserting that this disbelief has a detrimental impact on science education in the U.