I think the debate went over well for both sides, however both did make common mistakes. Ham made the common mistake of resorting to gospel quotes to try and win over a person who doesn't even take the Bible seriously, and Nye showed that he understood very little about the bible or history in general by resorting to the " telephone game" retort. All and all a decent job for two laymen.
William Craig probably would have been a better choice but he usually resorts to deductive logic and logical based arguments whereas Nye resorts to science alone, it would have just been two people ignoring each others arguments in that case.
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