It was brought to my attention this week by one of my Facebook evangelical friends that the great debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. It was billed as a huge event for Christians. I had the moment to tune in and listen to it . . . all of it.
Without sounding cynical, which I often do, the debate--as most debates--was not of substance. It was evango-entertainment. Both men speak fluently and both are entertainers. Bill Nye is an engineer by training, but quickly became a science educator and entertainer. I would love to hear a good debate between two knowledgeable people who had only one objective, to know the truth. These men had objectives but neither had knowing the truth as one.
But the debate raises some important issues and questions, but not about the content of what they were saying.
1) Ken Ham is setting the agenda for the protestant church that believing in a 6,000 year old earth is a fundamental of beliefs. Without this view, you can not call yourself a Christian. It was for this issue (as a last straw) I left my last church. I had been told twice that I could not be a Christian and believe that the earth was older than 6,000 years.
This is historic. Never before in the history of the Church has it been mandated that you believe in a young earth. This is a new development in 20th century America (and Ham is Australian but from a American-Evangelical movement within Australia). Even when the Catholic Church was mandating that the earth was the center of the universe, they were not putting dates on the earth.
I will continue this thought but for now I'm out of time.