Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Creationist Tackles the Smithsonian

The Washington Post has an article on a creation science teacher, David DeWitt, at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, who takes his science class to the Smithsonian Institution every year in the hopes of bolstering their YEC beliefs.

Like the Liberty students, avowed creationists across the country are making a practice of challenging the conventional wisdom at zoos (questioning the evolutionary explanation of giraffe necks), the Grand Canyon (dating the rock layers in thousands, not millions, of years), and cave parks (describing the formations as evidence of rapid drainage after the Great Flood).

In the upcoming issue of Answers, a leading magazine of the young-Earth movement, the list of "creation vacations" includes the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, the New England Aquarium in Boston and London's Natural History Museum.

"Why should we be afraid to test our worldview against reality?" asked Bill Jack, a Christian leadership instructor who leads groups across the country for a company called Biblically Correct Tours. "If Christianity is true, it better be true in the natural history museums and in the zoos."

Creationists have been popping up in enough mainstream institutions that one museum has produced a creation-vs.-evolution primer to help volunteer docents handle their sometimes-pointed questions. When the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y., published its guide, more than 50 museums called looking for a copy, according to director Warren Allmon.


Bill Jack is correct in that if Christianity is true, it should be true in the natural history museums and in the zoos. But what do you say to your students when they ask you why NOTHING that they learn in class is reflected in ANY of the major museums in the country? How does he answer the serious geology questions—the complete lack of evidence for his views? Astounding.

Hat Tip to LGF.

2 comments:

  1. But what do you say to your students when they ask you why NOTHING that they learn in class is reflected in ANY of the major museums in the country?

    They don't ask. The answer is given to them in almost every lecture. "Secular scientists don't accept this because they want to live without the moral constraints that God gives us. And Christian scientists who accept this are just conforming to the world in order to be accepted."

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  2. What is amazing is that scientific questions are met with a religious answer, as if somehow if we believe in God just a little bit more, those mean old evolutionists and their evil arguments will just go away. As Benjamin Franklin said: "There is nothing so horrible in nature as to see a beautiful theory murdered by an ugly gang of facts"

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