Experts in creationism and intelligent design continue to respond to Tuesday night’s debate between Ken Ham, founding president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, and Bill Nye, known popularly as “The Science Guy” for his scientific kids show, about whether the six-day creation model is scientifically viable.
Michael Egnor, a neurosurgeon and intelligent design supporter, praises Ham for marking differences between observational or experimental science and historical science, and for also making the point that historical science is particularly influenced by metaphysical assumptions.
“Darwinists like Bill Nye do their historical science from a materialist and atheist perspective, and it clearly taints their insights,” writes Egnor, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University in New York for more than two decades, on the Evolution News and Views website.
Revelation and reason are not, and cannot be, in conflict, Egnor says, responding to the debate on the topic, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”
“When I follow the evidence, I begin with a set of quite specific assumptions. Those assumptions are the product of the great Western tradition … the marriage of reason and faith,” he says.
However, that tradition has been derailed in science by materialists like Nye “who presume atheism and presume Darwinism,” he adds. “Materialist science is a betrayal, not a fulfillment, of modern science.”