Update: All tickets sold out within minutes. Information will soon be available regarding a live streaming option as well as DVDs to preorder. Watch the debate event page for details.
This morning at 10 AM ET, tickets went on sale for an already well-publicized debate between TV’s personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham, to be held at the Creation Museum. It was only announced last Thursday that on February 4 at 7 PM Nye will present his case against creation and for evolution, while Ham, founder of AiG’s Creation Museum, will defend his contention that creation is a scientific model of origins.
A huge national interest in the debate over the past few days has been witnessed in extensive media coverage, countless blogs, enormous web traffic to the AiG website, and hundreds of phone calls and emails to the museum offices. It all indicates that with the upcoming debate, the creation/evolution issue is being brought to the attention of millions of people.
In the Creation Museum’s 900-seat Legacy Hall in Petersburg, Kentucky (near Cincinnati, Ohio), Nye and Ham will tackle the debate question, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”
Starting today, people are being offered a combo ticket that will allow them to also tour the museum the day of the debate at a discounted rate. (The museum ticket is also good for the next day.)
The debate with Mr. Nye is appropriate to AiG’s 2014 theme: “Standing Our Ground, Rescuing Our Kids.” Nye is best known for hosting and producing the children’s TV program Bill Nye the Science Guy on PBS-TV, for which he won an Emmy. Debating Mr. Nye, who is also known for defending evolution on various TV and radio programs, will be one of AiG’s major outreaches this year to highlight how children and teens are being influenced by evolutionary thinking on TV, other media, public schools, and secular museums.
Ham declares that he will show the debate audience that observational science confirms what the Bible teaches in Genesis about origins, not evolution. Ham points out that creation/evolution debates are uncommon today because most evolutionists don’t want to debate creationists, as they once did in the 1970s and 1980s with great frequency. In fact, since the debate was announced on Thursday, several leading evolutionists have urged Nye to drop out. For its part, Answers in Genesis welcomes this opportunity to debate a serious evolutionist, as opposed to debating angry, blasphemous atheists who sometimes try to bait AiG into a debate and have little intent to discuss science but rather to mock and ridicule Christianity.
As you order debate tickets, please note the information found on the ticket ordering page. It states the maximum number of tickets that can be purchased (5 per household), as well as ordering instructions for Creation Museum members. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If the debate tickets sell out, a limited number of seats will be available for sale to watch a live simulcast of the debate to be shown on a big screen in the museum’s Special Effects Theater at a discounted rate.
As guests arrive for the debate, the purchaser of the tickets will need to present a photo ID so that the name on the ticket and the photo ID can be validated against our registration list.
The debate is a serious event. Accordingly, there are expectations of proper behavior during the event, including, but not limited to, the following: no applause, no cheering, no disruptive or loud behavior.
Debate tickets at $25 each (up to five tickets per household) are now on sale, including combination tickets to tour the museum that day and/or have dinner in the museum’s cafe. Debate attendees can purchase discounted general admission museum tickets for only $15 apiece (ticket can only be used on the day of the debate plus the following day, February 4–5, 2013).
In addition, from 4–6 PM on February 4, and by reservation only, Noah’s Café at the museum will be selling a roast beef dinner. (The special ticket discount to visit the museum on February 4 and to attend the debate cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.)
Due to the enormous interest in the Nye vs. Ham debate, the museum will soon announce the option of watching a live stream of the event via the Internet. Information will be released on this website; watch the debate event page for details. For the moment, consider having your church’s small groups hold a debate viewing on that Tuesday evening, February 4, or think about having a live stream of the debate showing inside your church—on a big screen—as a free outreach.
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