Creationist Ken Ham shares gospel with Bill Nye on Ark Encounter Tour

Creationist Ken Ham shared a gospel and even prayed for Bill Nye "The Science Guy" who took up his invitation of an Ark Encounter Tour.

The president and CEO of the creationist organization Answers in Genesis (AiG) excitedly shared an update on Nye's visit Friday, July 8, a day after the official launch of the Ark Encounter, which features a life-size replica of the biblical Noah's Ark.

Ken Ham (L) and Mark Looy, founders of Answers in Genesis, speak to the media during a tour of the 510-foot boat for the Noah's Ark attraction Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, February 20, 2016. | REUTERS/STEVE BITTENBENDER

"As we walked through the Ark, we had a very passionate discussion," Ham shared on his AiG blog. "It was like the debate all over again but more intense at times. Though it did get tense due to our differences in worldviews, it was an amicable visit."

Ham referred to the 2014 debate held at the Creation Museum, only 45 minutes away from Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky, wherein he and Nye appeared at opposing ends on the theory of creationism. Being debate foes didn't hinder Ham to consider Nye as his friend and even publicly invited him in May to join the tour. Days before its scheduled launch, Ham shared that Nye gave a positive response to his invitation.

So in front of a crowd of youngsters on the first deck of the Ark, Ham asked Nye for permission to pray with him and Nye obliged.

"Our prayer is that what he saw will have an impact on him and that he will be drawn to the gospel of Jesus Christ that is clearly presented at the Ark," stated Ham.

Ham's Ark project cost more than $102 million and has an equally colossal size spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet tall. It also captures a belief among young earth creationists that humans and dinosaurs co-existed in the early times, something which Nye finds "completely unreasonable."

A week before his anticipated visit, Nye declared in a phone interview with The New York Times, "We're going to raise a generation of kids who are scientifically illiterate."