Everyone remembers the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, who runs the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum. It was last February, and we had a post on it: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham — Live Debate Thread.
Like most on the science side of The Controversy, we were opposed to the debate. A month before the event we posted Ken Ham to Debate Bill Nye — Big Mistake! Nevertheless, we were pleasantly surprised at Nye’s strong performance compared to that of ol’ Hambo.
Although ol’ Hambo has never stopped writing about the debate, apparently regarding it as the greatest thing that ever happened to him, we thought the thing was behind us. But like the zombies in all those dumb movies, it keeps coming back.
Today, thanks to the ever-vigilant Drool-o-tron™, with its blaring sirens and flashing lights, we were compelled to notice the blinking letters of its wall display, which said WorldNetDaily (WND). Our computer was locked onto WND’s latest article, Pitting evolution against creationism. WND says, with bold font added by us:
It might not have had the epic quality of the famed Scopes “Monkey Trial” (or perhaps it did), but the 2014 debate between the Darwinist Bill Nye and apologetics teacher Ken Ham will surely go down as one of the most watched events of its kind.
Yeah, it probably was. And as they say about such things, it looks better on Hambo’s résumé than on Nye’s. WND continues:
One must give Nye credit for agreeing to such a format. For many years, the Institute for Creation Research touted its own Dr. Duane Gish as a formidable debater, and quite often his debate opponents grumbled about their own lackluster performances.
What Gish’s opponents mostly grumbled about was the absurdity of dealing with the Gish Gallop. Then WND starts promoting a book which has “partial transcripts from the debate.” For some reason they don’t mention the book’s author, but we’re told that:
Sprinkled throughout are illuminating points, such as the “Nye Opening”:
[Presumably this is from the book:] “Mr. Nye opened with a story about his father that was quite humorous, then transitioned to say that he and Ham would be debating two stories: one being that of ‘Mr. Ham’s story’ and the other of ‘mainstream science.’
[Presumably this is from the book’s unnamed author:] “Now I would like to comment on the two things positioned here. First, it is not Mr. Ham’s story but rather about biblical creationism as revealed in God’s Word and confirmed by observational science.”
Regarding that, WND says:
This is an important point (and the book is filled with such commentary), because it shows clearly how evolutionists manipulate language to convince audiences of the claims of Darwin. Ham was able to make several salient points that enabled the viewing audience to see how biased evolution is (I believe I can speak for creationists here, as well, by saying that they admit their own bias).
Ah yes, those manipulative evolutionists. Let’s read on:
For Bible believers, Appendix B is invaluable, as well. For there, Ham and AiG make the compelling case that it very much matters what we believe about the age of the earth. Christian apologists across the spectrum often argue that this is a non-essential part of the Christian faith, but is it? With young people well aware that denying the Genesis accounts of origins logically concludes with questioning the historicity of the New Testament (including the crucifixion and the resurrection), the question of the age of the earth is critical.
That appendix seems to contain all the stuff Hambo didn’t say during the debate. Perhaps he didn’t mention that material out of fear that Nye would all too easily debunk it. One last excerpt:
All in all, “Inside the Nye-Ham Debate” is an extraordinary achievement, and one can say that while the book is biased in favor of Ham’s position, it is more compelling to point out that the liberal stranglehold on media has ensured that generations of many millions of people have been subjected to evolutionary bias with little counterpoint.
Here’s a link to the Amazon listing for the book: Inside the Nye Ham Debate.
You can be confident that the book is a fair account of the debate, because although the WND article doesn’t mention it (despite a few hints), Amazon says it was written by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge, one of ol’ Hambo’s employees. The publisher is Master Books, described at their website as “the world’s largest publisher of creation-based material.” They also say: “Dr. Henry Morris and Tim LaHaye pioneered the formation of Master Books® in 1975.”
So go ahead, buy the book. If all you did was watch the debate, you don’t really understand anything. Ol’ Hambo’s book will set you straight. Hey — it’s recommended by WorldNetDaily, so you can’t go wrong.
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