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Bill Nye, Ken Ham arguing evolution in Tuesday night debate

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PETERSBURG, KY (KLTV) - "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern, scientific era?"

That's the question being debated by the founder of the Creation Museum, Ken Ham and Emmy Award-winning science educator Bill Nye on Tuesday night at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.

Hailed as the "debate of the decade," Ham and Nye will square off as each man defends his stance on the controversial question, "How did we get here?"

Nye, best known as the former host of "Bill Nye the Science Guy," a popular 1990s TV program, has received criticism from some scientist for agreeing to debate Ham, the head of a Christian ministry that dismisses evolution.

Jerry Coyne, a professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, wrote on his blog that "Nye's appearance will be giving money to organizations who try to subvert the mission Nye has had all his life: science education, particularly of kids." Coyne pointed out that the Creation Museum will be selling DVDs of the event.

The 800 tickets available for the debate quickly sold out, as visitors from 29 states bought tickets.

Nye waded into the evolution debate with an online video in 2012 that urged parents not to pass their religious-based doubts about evolution on to their children. Ham rebutted Nye's statements with his own online video with comments from scientists who work at the museum.

Nye told The Associated Press shortly after that he would be open to debating Ham if the museum paid for his travel to Kentucky.

The event will be streamed live on this page beginning at 7/6 central.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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