Christians Can Do Better Than Ken Ham

Brad Kramer reacts to last night's debate
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2014 11:52 AM CST
Creation Museum head Ken Ham, right, speaks during a debate on evolution with TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye, at the Creation Museum Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Petersburg, Ky.   (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Matt Stone)

(Newser) – After watching last night's Bill Nye-Ken Ham creationism-versus-evolution debate, Brad Kramer has a message for the world: "I’m a Christian, and Ken Ham doesn’t speak for me." Yes, Kramer believes "God created the world" and that "the Bible is all the word of God, and that it is truth from cover to cover," he writes for the Daily Beast. Yet he's still "tired of Ken Ham and others like him, defining what it means to believe the things I do." After growing up believing exactly what Ham believes, he ended up disillusioned as a teen when he realized his "view of science and faith ... increasingly made no sense of either."

He eventually found that a growing number of Christians feel the same way, and eschew Ham's idea of "selective literalism," or "interpreting the Bible literally only when convenient." Of course, Kramer doesn't like Nye's argument (that we must ditch the Bible entirely) either. "Many young Christians are tired of being forced to choose between the rationalistic dogmatism of the Ken Hams of the world or the rationalistic dogmatism of the Bill Nyes," Kramer writes. We need a better debate, because this one is stuck in a rut, with both sides "as polarized as ever." Click for his full column. (Read more Ken Ham stories.)

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