Ham’s fossilized ideology can’t stand up to science

Bill Nye, science educator, and Ken Ham, president/CEO of Answers in Genesis, debated at the Creation Museum in Kentucky recently.

About 90 minutes into the event, Ham displayed biblical genealogy on a slide. No X or Y axes were included, so the data was difficult to decipher. Assuming everything was to scale, it depicted Noah as having lived for approximately 900 years. In fact, Ham quoted from the Bible throughout the night. When asked during the question period whether one should take the Bible literally, his answer was that he “took the Bible naturally.”

Who is to decide which parts of the Bible are historical and which prophetic? Would a lesson plan be “teaching the controversy” if it interpreted the Bible allegorically? Will the council of Methodist mathematicians and Baptist biologists working to correct our science textbooks be too busy to help clarify such matters? Meticulous clerical scrutiny would be necessary before communicating any such hypotheses to students in the public schools at taxpayer expense.

Nye presented abundant verifiable, observable, scientific and mathematical evidence refuting Ham’s contention that the Earth is merely 6,000 years old. Science doesn’t simply appeal to authority and hand down, from on high, answers in the guise of a pseudo-religion rivaling existent species of monotheism. As a human endeavor with a foundation of facts and a proven methodology, scientific curiosity inspires us to ask, and answer, the questions we are creative and brave enough to ask of the universe.

Just as Rev. Alexander Harrison is immortalized in an 1870 debate with Charles Bradlaugh, who founded the National Secular Society in England, Ham’s fossilized ideology will exemplify the folly of our Information Age to the wonderment of future students of “historical history” in America, Australia and beyond.

Jeffery Szudzik

Town of Boston