It started with this video from Bill Nye:
Ken Ham responded in this video:
Finally, Dr. David Menton and Dr. Georgia Purdom respond to Nye’s claim in this video:
It seems to me that this group would have believe that it’s either creationism or evolution. This is what we call a false dichotomy, as it excludes the possibility of other alternatives.
Michael Patton lists six views of on the creation/evolution debate that I think are a little more helpful for the creation/evolution discussion:
- Young Earth Creationism (YEC)
- Gap Theory Creationism
- Time-Relative Creationism
- Old Earth Creationism (OEC)
- Theistic Evolution
- Intelligent Design (ID)
It should come as no surprise to anyone that I fall squarely in the theistic evolution camp and do not treat the creation accounts as literal accounts. I would even go so far as to say the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 are not necessarily meant to teach how everything was created (although that would a part of it), but rather they are meant to teach who is the author of creation. The how, in my not so humble opinion, is not nearly as important as the who. To use Lutheran terminology, the how is adiaphora.