Skip to comments.$27 million anti-evolution museum to open soon
Posted on 03/26/2007 12:18:38 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
Tyrannosaurus rex was a strict vegetarian, and lived with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
There were dinosaurs of every kind aboard Noah's ark. Some dinosaurs managed to hang around until just a few hundred years ago. The legend of St. George slaying the dragon? That probably was a dinosaur.
Exhibits showing all this and more will be at the Creation Museum, a $27 million religious showcase nearing completion in Northern Kentucky.
The museum, in Boone County near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, is being built by a non-profit group called Answers in Genesis. It is scheduled to open on Memorial Day. Museum and Northern Kentucky tourism officials are expecting it to be a boon to the region, bringing in at least 250,000 visitors in its first year.
It already is getting media attention. Newspapers and television stations from Europe, Asia and Australia have visited, and CNN was there Friday.
But mainstream scientists, who have dubbed it The Fred and Wilma Flintstone Museum, say the museum's message is just plain wrong.
The museum is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible: The world was created in six, 24-hour days, some time between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Humans appeared on Day 6, and they didn't evolve from anything.
Ken Ham, an Australian who is Answers in Genesis' $120,000-a-year founder and president, says the museum opening will be a significant event in Christendom.
"No one else has ever built a place where you can experience biblical history and merge it with the science," he said.
47 percent agree
But Eugenie Scott, a former University of Kentucky anthropologist who is director of the California-based National Center for Science Education, said the information provided in the museum "is not even close to standard science."
Scott visited the museum recently as part of a British Broadcasting Corp. radio program. Although she didn't get a tour, she saw enough to know that the museum will be professionally done. And, she says, that's worrisome.
"There are going to be students coming into the classroom and saying, 'I just went to this fancy museum and everything you're telling me is rubbish,' " Scott said.
Daniel Phelps of Lexington, president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society, says the museum will embarrass the state because of the "pseudoscientific-nutty things" it espouses, and because it portrays evolution as the path to ruin.
But the Rev. Bill Henard, senior pastor of Lexington's Porter Memorial Baptist Church, said that Sunday school classes and other groups from his church are likely to visit.
"I think people will enjoy ... being able to see a different side from what some scientific findings have shown," he said.
Henard said he believes in the literal story of creation, adding that "I think you would be surprised to know how many people hold to a young-Earth creation."
More than a century and a half after British naturalist Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, which suggested that life evolved over millions of years from one-cell organisms, quite a few people agree with Henard, pollsters say.
When the Gallup Poll asked people about their views on the subject last March, 47 percent of Americans polled said that God created humans pretty much in their present form some time in the last 10,000 years. That belief was strongest among those with less education, regular churchgoers, people 65 and older, and Republicans.
Like a natural history museum or an amusement park, the Creation Museum will use people's fascination with dinosaurs as a draw.
There will be 80 lifelike dinosaur models, some of which move their heads and tails and roar.
"The evolutionists use dinosaurs to promote their world view; we're going to use that to promote our world view," Answers in Genesis spokesman Mark Looy said.
More than 50 videos will be shown at the various exhibits, and a "special-effects" theater will have seats that shake as visitors are hit with tiny mists of water. The opening show features an animatronic young woman struggling with her belief in God, while two angels that she can't see are on the screen behind her. Ham describes it as the only part of the museum that is "lighthearted" and "edgy."
The museum has a planetarium. But its programs, unlike those at other planetariums, will say that the light from the stars we see did not take millions of years to get here.
There also is a reproduction of a portion of the Grand Canyon. The message there is that it was created very quickly, from the waters from Noah's flood. The fossils in rock layers there and in many other places around the world are of animals that drowned in the flood, the museum says.
Some of the exhibits would be the envy of any natural history museum.
There are, for example, 10,000 minerals from a collection that was donated to the museum, fossil dinosaur eggs from China that Ham says are worth $40,000, and a donated collection of dinosaur toys that has been valued at $50,000.
There also will be an exhibit suggesting that belief in evolution is the root of most of modern society's evils. It shows models of children leaving a church where the minister believes in evolution. Soon the girl is on the phone to Planned Parenthood, while the boy cruises the Internet for pornography sites.
The museum already has generated international publicity and criticism.
Comedian Bill Maher, who often mocks religion, came by last month. Looy said he snuck in for a half-hour interview with Ham, who didn't know who he was.
The museum and Answers in Genesis also are the unflattering subject of a chapter of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. The book, published last year, is by former New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges.
Tom Caradonio, president of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Commission, said the museum is expected to bring plenty of people to the region, including religious conventions.
Asked about the contention that the museum will embarrass the state, Caradonio noted that Lexington allows betting on horses at Keeneland Race Course, which some find objectionable.
"I learned a long time ago in this industry that if we had to make moral judgments, we would probably end up selling nothing," he said.
"its programs, unlike those at other planetariums, will say that the light from the stars we see did not take millions of years to get here."
Anyone know what this means? What do creationists think about stars?
Other than that they were made on the fourth day, I can't tell you very much about how God made them (other than that He 'spoke' them into existence).
Ideas vary, but no one knows. Each model has various pros and cons:
a) God created the light in transit;
b) The speed of light has changed since the Creation;
c) Time Dilation where time near the center of the universe (Earth) ran much slower than time on the perimeter of the universe. This also required that the original dimensions of the universe were fairly compact - and then spread out after wards (Scripture makes several references to God 'stretching out the heavens'). The net result being that stars at the perimeter of the universe could have taken billions of years to form, while only days were passing on the Earth.
The net result is that I don't know.
It is certainly man's privilege and duty to study God's Creation -- but I suspect the details to this answer will have to wait until we can ask the Creator Himself.
In the mean time I have more than enough mundane challenges to keep me occupied.
Your post just made me cry. All my tax money spent on education (yours) wasted...absolutely wasted.
and yet you reject the most plausible explanation, which has more than enough ideas, theories, and evidence behind it, all of which fit neatly into every other idea, theory, and piece of evidence we have about a few zillion other scientific topics..
Yes, it is. But they do mean it.
Tons of scientific evidence proven out vs what someone wrote in the bible....
If I have a brain then I go with the former.
I hope they do a good job instead of adding another nut-job piece to feed those who deny God His authorship of us.
I can normally go quite awhile on these threads without getting my dander up. This post crossed the line. El Cid was only trying to explain what he thinks. I've got a degree and love astronomy and chemistry. But guess what? I'm still a Creationist!
Why can't God have done these things? What can't evolution be a part of His Designs? Open your mind up a little more.
"So I say bring back the Inquisition"
I'm a nonbeliever, do I get to keep my head?
Nope...off with your head, and off to hell for you...make room for me there too bub...
Is laughing considered not nice?
Evolution science = global warming science. Non theistic religion with a lot of techno babble.
Interactions b/tw atoms and how properties between combinations can vary so widely. ie: Sodium and Chlorine. Probably should say that quantum-physics is my favorite science.
So you don't believe God created Adam but you believe the bible?
So you don't believe God created Adam but you believe the bible?
"Where is Torqemada when you need him?"
He used to be living in Afghanistan; now it's probably somewhere along the Pakistani border. I hear he's looking for help, you sound like his kind of guy.