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Bill Nye and Ken Ham Spar in Evolution Vs. Creation Debate

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham the Genesis Guy fought over the use and the misuse of the word "science" on Tuesday, during a public face-off over evolution that had the air of a presidential debate.
Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham the Genesis Guy fought over the use and the misuse of the word "science" on Tuesday, during a public face-off over evolution that had the air of a presidential debate.

The discussion here at the Creation Museum featured video clips and a breakneck series of slides, a formal back-and-forth schedule of speeches and rebuttals, CNN's Tom Foreman as moderator and a packed 900-seat auditorium.

The live streaming video on YouTube drew as many as 532,000 simultaneous viewers.

The focus of the debate wasn't an election, but a question about world views: Does creationism provide a viable model for origins in this modern scientific era?

Ham says yes. He's the founder of the museum as well as a Christian outreach organization called Answers in Genesis, which marshals evidence for the view that God created the universe just 6,000 years ago.

He led off Tuesday night's debate by making a distinction between two types of scientific inquiry. Ham said there was "observational science," which can be directly tested by experiment; and "historical science," which interprets the past based on existing evidence.

In Ham's view, the biblical account describing the creation of the universe in six days worked at least as well as scientific views that lay out processes taking millions or billions of years.

"I believe the word 'science' has been hijacked by secularists," he said.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/who-won-bill-nyes-big-evolution-faceoff-n22076
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