Tonight came the debate between Ken Ham (creationist) and Bill Nye (evolutionist). All things considered I thought it was a good debate, a debate from which the people who plan out presidential debates could learn a great many things.
There was one point toward the end where the moderator, who also did a fine job of remaining neutral, asked the two men questions gathered from the audience. One question in particular caught my attention. It was directed at Ken Ham.
He was asked if there were any evidence that could be given that would convince him that the Biblical account of creation was false. I do not recall his exact answer, but effectively he said "no". No evidence could shake him in his conviction that God created the world in 6 days.
As a Christian, as a 6-day creationist, I was disappointed in this. Mr Ham did not have the questions beforehand. He did not have the advantage of hindsight (which I have now). So I don't want to be too hard on him. But this is what I think he could have said instead:
"Show me a body."
Show me the dead body of Jesus Christ and I will burn my Bible. This is, in fact, the gauntlet that the Apostles were throwing down each and every time they preached the resurrection of Jesus to the masses of people who gathered to listen to them. If Rome wanted to put an end to all of this, if the Jewish ruling council wanted to put the kibosh on this Christian nonsense, all they had to do was produce a dead body.
They didn't. They couldn't. And they still can't.
This is where I think Ken Ham missed a golden opportunity. I don't believe the Bible because it is scientifically correct. I believe it is correct because a man rose from the dead. When a man rises from the dead you should probably take seriously the things that He says. And He says that the account of Genesis 1-2 is true. So I listen to Him. I believe His Word.
Christ is risen. It is a historical fact that changes everything. And it is the point that Ken didn't get to make, at least not while I watched.
(**Disclaimer: Our live feed cut out about 5 minutes before the end. I did not see the final few exchanges between Ham and Nye.)