Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?
by BILL CHAPPELL
February 06, 2014 4:27 PM
Bill Nye and Ken Ham debated whether creation is a viable model of origins in the modern scientific era during a lengthy debate Tuesday. The points they raised have fueled an online conversation that continues.
Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the event is driving an online conversation. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith — and, for some, relevance — are being aired and disputed. And some wonder what the debate accomplished.
The video of the more than two-hour debate, in which Nye and Ham presented their views on how the Earth and its surroundings were created, has been viewed more than 830,000 times on YouTube. At one point, the live event drew more than 500,000 viewers.
And the interest has persisted. We've sifted through some of the reactions to the debate, along with what people make of the opposing viewpoint. Below is a sampling of what we're seeing:
On our live-blog page for the debate, Richard Arthur came away with the top-rated comment (out of more than 2,000 responses):
"As a Christian I will say this: My faith does not require me to believe in the age of the earth as outlined in the Bible. Christ commanded me to love and that is where all Christians need to focus. Discussing how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin is a distraction."
The top-rated response to Arthur showed signs of common ground and tolerance:
"And this atheist respects you for that," said a reader whose user name is rabidchipmnk.
In terms of who "won" the debate, the audience of Britain's Christian Today website says it was Nye, hands down. With 42,567 responses, the site's online poll finds Nye with 92 percent support, compared with 8 percent for Ham. An option for "neither" is not provided in the poll, which is still taking votes.
Christians also took Ham to task in the more than 1,100 comments...