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.