Bunches of people have put out their thoughts about the debate already, so I thought about not writing. But Ken Ham himself has put up a great article today and there are a couple of points no one else seems to have mentioned, so here goes.
Ken Ham reminds me a lot of my dad, white beard and all. Because of this, I could tell he was really nervous during the debate. It’s not too often we know the things we say over the next hour are likely to end up in the history books. From the beginning of discussions about having the debate, Ham knew his words adding up to less than 60 minutes could affect the eternal destiny of untold numbers of people. But, he knew this was his task, much like Esther was given.
If you follow CS4K anywhere on social media, you’ve already seen the photo Buddy Davis posted from just before the debate. It was awesome to see Christians banding together around Ham; especially because we all know this is just a guy, willing to be a spokesman for Jesus in a position few of us will ever experience.
As many of us have known from the beginning, the debate couldn’t help but be frustrating. Decades ago, Dr. Duane Gish, an amazing creation scientist, did a bunch of debates with evolutionists. He had a habit of using his time to throw out so many problem areas for evolution, there was no way to respond to them all. It became known as the Gish Gallop. Eventually, most evolutionists decided it was always a bad idea to debate a creationist because they ended up fumbling around trying to deny accusations.
Of course, the same technique works both ways. And we saw it again on Tuesday night.
I would imagine a lot of you listening to Bill Nye were thinking, “that’s an assumption”, “but the truth points to a Creator there!” and such. It wasn’t fun knowing there was no way to deal with every detail in a convincing manner. In fact, as Grace With Salt points out, Ham was able to respond to, or even point out in advance, about half of Nye’s best arguments.
I’m going to send you on to Ham’s nice and chatty blog post from today. Most of what he explains I’d guessed had been part of his strategy. It is exciting to see things are already happening as a result and God is clearly working.
It was especially great reading how Ham relied on the vast amount of creationist material available online for people to search out themselves. Even a little site like mine saw this working out. Within a few months of starting my blog, I’d researched Ice Cores. Of course, just starting out, I’d had maybe a dozen people ever read those articles. That’s changed!
In fact, as soon as I saw people were finding the first post, I had to edit it since I’d forgotten to link up the rest of the series to it.
The point is, people are researching the scientific evidence for themselves. Ham was wise to focus on the worldview issues we have to be aware of first. He focused especially on the consequences for Christians who compromise with the world against the Bible. If even a fraction of people who didn’t care before think things through and decide to trust God in every area, God will have many more effective workers in His kingdom!
Oh, yes, I wanted Ham so badly to mention that Forensic Science is a subcategory of Historical Science. It would have been perfect to point again to The Eye Witness. Plus, as every good mystery reader knows, just because it looks like the butler did it, doesn’t make it so!
And for the sake of those of us who know Jesus, it would have been nice if Ham had mentioned a sentence or two about how he’s experienced God in response to one of the questions. I know there are concerns about relying on experience, but you know a man like Ham has tasted that the Lord is good.
But, if I’d been in his shoes, I would have been a twitching heap on the floor from the beginning, so I’m very grateful God gave this opportunity to Ken Ham instead.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21