Thursday, August 03, 2006

Each to their own I suppose

It is not a usual thing for me to do, to blast creationist with their ideas of palaeontology and fossils. As a Christian I feel embarrassed that others of the faith would go so far as to damn those who accept evolution and consider it evil and anti-God. Creationism has really become red in tooth and claw more than nature ever has done. Such attacks can be seen on the feedback page of the TalkOrigins site.

Some groups are more conservative and do not make such vicious attacks on evolutionist, albeit they seem to consider themselves the only people who interpret the evidence correctly and are likely to have very, fallacious information on the topic of the history of life on Earth. I've already pointed this out on another post that you can read about here. My only desire to see this new creation museum stems from my curiousity to see how these people have approached the issue of evolution and the interpretation of the evidence.

I certainly dislike the comments made by the ICR president
John Morris concerning evolution. The article says that Morris believes the museum will affirm the doubts many people have about science, namely the notion that man evolved from lower forms of life. "Americans just aren't gullible enough to believe that they came from a fish." Morris goes around using the same damned delusion that is completely wrong of evolutionary theory (which I have subsequently posted about too--view by clicking here) and shows how high these sorts of folks put humans on the pedestal of importance. The real underlying issue is that much of the human race thinks high of itself when compared to the rest of nature. We often define progress in a way that hinges on our view of ourselves, a way that relies on intellect, culture or the emotion that humans experience.

These Creation groups are full of anthropocentrism, regarding humans as the central element of the universe and interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience. They are simply repeating the acts of the Church and the Roman Inquisition that resisted Galileo discoveries of heliocentrism in the 1600's.

America is lucky. If there was no seperation of church and state, I would bet that we would be seeing modern day Galileos and Scopes still defending the science that only trys and seek for the truth of the natural world we live in. It's not about being anti-God, but most Creationists sure act as if that is the case.

'Creation Museum' Seeks to Disprove
Evolution, Paleontology, Geology

Complete article on

PETERSBURG, Ky. — Like most natural history museums, this one has exhibits showing dinosaurs roaming the Earth. Except here, the giant reptiles share the forest with Adam and Eve. That, of course, is contradicted by science, but that's the point of the $25 million Creation Museum rising fast in rural Kentucky. Its inspiration is the Bible — the literal interpretation that contends God created the heavens and the Earth and everything in them just a few thousand years ago.

Ken Ham standing in front of the new Creation Museum

"If the Bible is the word of God, and its history really is true, that's our presupposition or axiom, and we are starting there," museum founder Ken Ham said during recent tour of the sleek and modern facility, which is due to open next year. Ham, an Australian native who started the Christian publishing companyAnswers in Genesis in the late 1970s, said the goal of his privately funded museum is to change minds and rebut the scientific point of view.

"Genesis is not science," said Mary Dawson, curator emeritus of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. "Genesis is a tale that was handed down for generations by people who really knew nothing about science, who knew nothing about natural history, and certainly knew nothing about what fossils were."

John Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Researchin San Diego, an organization that promotes creationism, said the museum will affirm the doubts many people have about science, namely the notion that man evolved from lower forms of life. "Americans just aren't gullible enough to believe that they came from a fish," he said.

1 comment:

Autrice DelDrago said...

Hello Kyle,

Welcome to my exasperating world! I have quickly discovered that specific subjects evoke strong reactions from individuals. Whereas most of the populace is significantly impressed upon learning that one is a medical doctor or researching a cure for cancer, the reverse stands true whereupon some Christians learn that they are shaking hands with a paleontologist. God forbid they ask you for your perspective on evolution or extinct species, as we both know they simply want you to state your views so that they can publicly build a platform on which they shall endeavor to debunk all that you profess.

It is during those awkward (for them) social occasions where I rely heavily upon my imagination to get me through the conversation. It is much simpler to keep my temper (and sarcastic pity) in check if I imagine us squatting around a bundle of sticks, with me holding up a bit of flint and chanting ‘fire, fire, fire is good’ soothingly, so as to not petrify them when the spark catches and begins to kindle. Sadly, too many well-meaning people seem to group science and evolution in the same small box as magic and voodoo.

The bible is a wonderful book, containing a vast amount of history. It is a study of sociology of the time. It is, to a Christian, inspired by God (the "Word of God") and a tool to keep our faith sound. But, it is just a book, and possessing it does not guarantee the holder a free ticket into heaven. The scientific views that are not contained in the bible will not damn us to hell any more than we shall be damned for wearing clothing of mixed material. The theory of gravity is not in the bible, and yet we know that gravity exists.

Anyway, excellent post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it today.