ScienceBloggers visit the Creation Museum

Succumbing to sheer morbid curiosity, Tara and Jason, accompanied by a number of other contributors to The Panda’s Thumb, recently visited the newly opened Creation Museum, the $27 million project spearheaded by Answers in Genesis front man Ken Ham, the most f*cked-up creature to emerge from Australia since the wallaby. Located in Petersburg, Kentucky (across the Ohio river from, and not far west of, Cincinnati), the museum boasts the motto “prepare to believe,” and touts a tour of its contents as “a walk through history.”


The museum’s Web site claims that the place “brings the pages of the Bible to life,” but given the apparent heavy emphasis on fancy animatronic dinosaurs — Jason notes seeing a triceratops fitted with a saddle — this is something of a curiosity. Ignoring the fact that dinosaurs became extinct sixty million years before human beings appeared, there’s plainly no mention of dinosaurs in the Bible, and it strains credulity to propose that the writers of scripture, if aware of these titanic and surely fearsome animals, would have negelected to note them. After all, they were careful to create a record of talking snakes and donkeys, giant red dragons wth seven heads and ten horns that could vomit up whole rivers, and leopard-like beasts with, you guessed it, seven-heads and ten horns.
Jason has thus far written only one of a series of posts about the tour, while Tara — who says that “[her] brain still hurts” — has reported on the entirety of her experience. The upshot is about what you would expect — that the combination of a lot of money and a crazed world view can take mockery of science to new heights. But as Tara writes:

Obviously, the good thing about the museum is that it will only be convincing to the already convinced. For those who aren’t about to accept a literal Genesis, there’s nothing in the museum to make them change their mind. However, it does have enough here and there to sow confusion in the minds of those who already have some anti-science leanings.

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  1. #1 by Nathan Bradfield on June 23, 2007 - 11:28 pm

    After all, they were careful to create a record of giant red dragons wth seven heads and ten horns that could vomit up whole rivers, and leopard-like beasts with, you guessed it, seven-heads and ten horns.
    Not bad. Oh, except for one small thing. Those are from Revelation and it’s a vision of what is to come. It’s not in the past.
    Also, when God created Adam and Eve, some creationists believe that they lived apart from the dinosarus. Others believe that since God created animals and birds before man, they died off before man was created on the “6th day,” a belief that 6 “days” of creating was not actual days as we know them.
    In any event, your out-of-context butchering of scripture only further reduces the credibility of your attempt to defame the museum.

  2. #2 by Nathan Bradfield on June 23, 2007 - 11:28 pm

    After all, they were careful to create a record of giant red dragons wth seven heads and ten horns that could vomit up whole rivers, and leopard-like beasts with, you guessed it, seven-heads and ten horns.
    Not bad. Oh, except for one small thing. Those are from Revelation and it’s a vision of what is to come. It’s not in the past.
    Also, when God created Adam and Eve, some creationists believe that they lived apart from the dinosarus. Others believe that since God created animals and birds before man, they died off before man was created on the “6th day,” a belief that 6 “days” of creating was not actual days as we know them.
    In any event, your out-of-context butchering of scripture only further reduces the credibility of your attempt to defame the museum.

  3. #3 by Kevin Beck on June 23, 2007 - 11:54 pm

    “…a belief that 6 ‘days’ of creating was not actual days as we know them.”
    Not this shit again.
    Look, the writers of the Bible knew the difference between an hour, a day and a year. They had a calendar. Years were mentioned often, as in, Abraham lived to the ripe old age of 175 and several others easily cleared 400. Errrrrrr, yep. Musta been taking their echinacea and antioxidants.
    If these writers had any concept of the true age of the earth or the mechanisms by which life arose, they would have written an account to this effect. No one even knows who the Bible authors really were, but whatever their identities, they can be excused for knowing next to nothing about astronomy, cosmology, geology and biology. After all, we’re talking about people who lived 2,000 years ago and sometimes much more.
    In other words, the Bible’s take on the natural world perfectly reflects the state of the scientific knowledge of the people in that part of the world at that point in history. A deity would obviously have known the real scoop, but guess what? Gods had nothing to do with the formulation of the Bible. (I know, it hurts, but life’s not fair.) Yet creationists, ever scrambling to protect their dogmatic nonsense, are able to sufficiently delude themselves to keep the obvious conclusion — that the Bible is about as “divinely inspired” as a fly-swarmed turd — at a safe distance. It’s really kind of funny, though pathetic at the same time.
    “…out-of-context butchering of scripture”
    Whenever a creationist mentions “context,” you can be assured he’s trying to defend the indefensible. I’m well aware that the passage comes from Revelation and what it represents — the entire book is a goofy apocalyptic vision set forth by John, who seems to have been in the throes of a peyote nightmare at the time. But it doesn’t matter, because to my knowledge no one has seen any seven-headed anythings, and no one ever will.
    Jesus Christ was supposed to return within the lifetime of his followers, and 70 generations later we’re still waiting. Your entire faith is a joke and is predicated on premises and beliefs that have no place in modernity. I pity you for being brainwashed at a tender age and reaching adulthood stubbornly clinging to outmoded, absurd faery tales.

  4. #4 by DieFundie on June 24, 2007 - 7:50 am

    The fundamental lie of the bible: Mary got knocked up through rape or adultery and couldn’t admit it in her horribly repressed society. If she had admitted either being the victim of rape or the willing participant in adultery, the warped society she was born into would surely have killed her. Yes, KILLED her.
    The fables in the old testament are laughable. I pity mythology-soaked brains that still think any of it represents reality.
    The jewish people have a lot to answer for in their history. Read their book. Acts of brutal genocide, commissioned by their fictional god, dictated in horrible detail. I suspect that, as often is the case in whisper-down-the-lane mythology, there are glimmers of reality in this collection of texts. It’s interesting that the fundamental myth of the jewish people, bondage in Egypt, seems to have no basis in historical reality.

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