The debate — titled “Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins” — between Nye and Ken Ham, the founder of the museum, will take place on Feb. 4 (as reported by MSN). Ham’s invitation to Nye came about after the former “Bill Nye the Science Guy” star posted an online video that said teaching creationism was bad for children.
“Having the opportunity to hold a cordial but spirited debate with such a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation-evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters,” Ham said in a press release issued Thursday (Jan. 2).
At the Creation Museum, visitors view exhibits that claim the Earth was created about 6000 years ago and that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time. Science disputes such theories, but many religious people hold to their beliefs.
Although Nye has not publicly commented on the debate, the Creation Museum says that he agreed to participate in December. Still best-known for his science show, Nye has recently appeared on both “The Big Bang Theory” and “Dancing with the Stars.”