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For those born yesterday

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May 31, 2007

The pursuit of happiness takes many forms and the American people are starved for entertainment. Those two truths taken in combination may explain the Creation Museum, which has just opened in Petersburg, Ky., not far from Cincinnati.

Lacking such an explanation, sensible people might dismiss such an oddity as just another of the devil's works to lure Christians into making themselves look ridiculous for the amusement of atheists, who are desperate for any sort of fun because they can't enjoy Christmas.

To the embarrassment of thoughtful believers, the Creation Museum has been built for people who were born yesterday, or more or less yesterday, because they don't believe in the great geologic periods that spoilsport science insists upon.

It's enough to make one bemoan the lack of an 11th commandment on the list given to Moses: Thou Shalt Not Be Stupid. But perhaps the Almighty knew that enough sinners would be on Earth without adding the silly, credulous and well meaning to their number.

Still, the creation of the Creation Museum will give people more entertainment than the usual faith-based attempts to ban such innocent childhood amusements as the Harry Potter books and Halloween as agents of witchcraft. After all, it provides fun for all the family, rather than seeking to ban fun for all the family.

The museum tells a fundamentalist Christian version of Earth's history, which insists that the Earth is only a few thousand years old and was created in a week. Evolution, heaven forbid, was not involved.

This view poses certain practical problems. According to the Associated Press story, some of the exhibits show dinosaurs aboard Noah's Ark with the explanation that all animals were vegetarians until Adam committed the first sin in the Garden of Eden.

Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark? I don't think so. It's not as if the sanitation crew didn't already have its hands full without the larger lizards knocking over the brooms with their tails.

Still, I suppose it could be true. After all, a steady diet of salad makes any creature irritable and mean, as I know from my own experience. Why, on my recent diet, I had turned into a Tyrannosaurus Rex by the second week and I don't even have huge fangs for the giant celery to get stuck in.

That may have been the turning point in the Cretaceous period, inasmuch as dental floss hadn't yet been invented, and certainly not in rope-like thickness.

Now I realize that sort of thinking will seem dangerously evolutionary in places like Kentucky, for it seeks to explain the moment when the salad days gave way to nature red in tooth and claw without reference to Adam's fondness for apples.

Nevertheless, I believe the Almighty made heaven and Earth but his days are not necessarily our days and that evolution was his mechanism of creation. I think the Bible is full of truth, some of it literal truth and some of it poetic truth, which sometimes has a greater power to touch souls.

I believe that he who made the heart also made the brain and we are supposed to use both. If we do not, evolution will be proved a fact by making the brain a vestigial organ, a process that already seems well-advanced in many quarters and not just in Congress.

Not surprisingly, because this is America — God bless it! — the opening of the $27 million facility on Memorial Day was reportedly a big success, with 4,000 guests in attendance. There were rave reviews (and not just by raving people) for the high-tech science exhibits created by a former Universal Studios designer. In other words, scientific know-how has been used to rebut science, which is rather cheeky.

Outside, dozens of demonstrators gathered to protest the attack on science and a plane flew over with a sign that said: "Thou Shalt Not Lie." But why bother? There is no changing the un-evolved mind.

We shall all know soon enough who is right and who is wrong and, besides, it's a day out with the family. It's not a Museum of Mission Accomplished where everything is sweetness and light in an alternative universe.

The Creation Museum is something to do between birth and dying, even around Cincinnati where they support the Bengals and can be forgiven for wishing for miracles. Not to be too literal about it, but Harry Potter isn't real either.

(Reg Henry is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. E-mail rhenry(at)post-gazette.com. For more stories or to comment visit scrippsnews.com)

7 Responses to For those born yesterday

  1. www.nazilieskill.us

    May 31, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Fundamentalists and Evangelicals are one of the most idol worshiping outfits in history. This museum is just another one. Everything they do is done to keep them at about the 5th grade level of religious devotion. Everything is slogans, magic, symbols, and rituals, which they think has some power over God.

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming

  2. Mr. Mark

    May 31, 2007 at 11:11 am

    I would argue that your personal religious views are utterly irrelevant. Your disagreements with the Creationists do not prove them wrong, only that you disagree with them, at which point your conversation degenerates into the flinging about of other untestable, unproveable beliefs, about much like our primate cousins do with their feces. While you may disagree with their opinions, you tacitly agree with their methodology of basing a world view entirely on subjective and unproveable assertions that lack any supporting evidence. Shame on you.

    What proves Creationism wrong, and makes Ken the Ham-handed’s ill-advised commerical venture utterly absurd, is the vast body of carefully collated and analyzed scientific evidence: the morphological similarities between otherwise dissimilar species, the fossil record, the successful predictions of transitional species, the discovery of the role of Hox genes … THESE are the things that we need to talk about when refuting the Creationists.

    It would be nice if journalists could be bothered to actually talk to biologists and present actual facts, even in opinions and editorials, in place of their personal, vague, and ill-conceived philosophical musings. Science, not religious equivocation and apologetics, is the key to understanding why these people are so very wrong.

  3. Joe Lawrence

    May 31, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Most of us will agree that science and scientists are not representative of evil in our world. We all must acknowledge the many contributions of science, even if not all of us always agree on many particulars.

    That inarguably said, we all – from the most devout believer in the variously interpreted Word to the most atheistic, unyielding and accomplished scientific expert – have to live in a world which combines varying degrees of religious faith and varying degrees of dependence on pure science.

    Upon our individual deaths, we will know the truth, or not, and there is no useful compromise between those who insist it is Noon and those who insist it is Midnight. It is what it is, faith and science notwithstanding, and none of us are getting out of here alive.

    Joe Lawrence

  4. ms

    May 31, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I wonder why we have to kill off evolution in order to feel special in this universe. Human beings are capable of having divine feelings, of sensing a kind of divinity in thenselves and in others. But it is actually WE who are the Gods. It is WE who more or less create our own reality of divinity. (And I’m not just being airy-fairy when I say that.)

    For me, an atheist, I see this je ne sais guoi in lots and lots of humans. When they’re happy, not taking themselves too seriously, playful, wanting to get their job in life done, etc, I believe I sense what religious people call God. It’s definitely not God. Maybe most people are too embarrassed by seeing each other in this glowing light and so hide their shame by invoking God. Shit, I don’t know.

  5. Access Of Evil

    May 31, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    One of you Creationists please explain hybrid tea roses and Great Danes for me?

  6. Calliet

    June 1, 2007 at 2:06 am

    …I, as an atheist, do enjoy Christmas. It is rather a cheerful time and I do enjoy the loot I get. So, ;-)~ to you.

    Tabby

  7. hzcummi

    June 1, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Previously, an article was written about “The Pending Marriage of Science and Genesis”.
    That, and the article even previous to that (The Divorce of Science From Humanism)
    were forerunners to this culmination. After more than fifteen years of rejections by other
    publishers, the revelation of the truth of Genesis will now be available for all to examine.

    The book promotes “Biblical Reality”, which states that Genesis, written by Moses, was
    never about Creation (Week). Moses had written down (perhaps by one or more
    designated scribes) what God had revealed to him while he was with God on Mt. Sinai in
    1598 BC. Creationism and theology have mistakenly believed that Moses was writing
    about how our Earth & universe were created, but not so. God revealed to Moses seven
    defined geological ages of the historical past to Moses. Even Moses didn’t understand
    what he saw, but he just had it written down for later generations to learn and perhaps
    someday understand. That final understanding would not occur until December 1993,
    being about 3,604 years later. How timeless is the Word of God?

    Unfortunately, creationism and theology have not done their homework, and continue to
    teach false doctrines, namely “young Earth” beliefs (Creation Science), theistic evolution
    (“Reasons to Believe”), long creation days (“Day-Age” theories), and Ruin & Restoration
    (“Gap” theories) doctrines. Every single one of them are in error, including “progressive
    creationism”, and are a misrepresentation of the Genesis text. The “Bible believing
    community” can either jump on board with the truth of Genesis, or stand on the sidelines,
    and continue promoting their own proven false teachings.

    However, there is another “front” that this book is doing battle against, which is the insanity of secular science concerning our origins and prehistoric history of our Earth and
    universe. Our creation occurred 4.57 billion years ago (according to the science of
    geology), completing in six days (Exodus 20:11), with God “resting” on the seventh day
    of a 168 hour week. But God did not reveal that week to Moses. God revealed only one
    day from Creation Week, and one day each from the first week of the six following
    geological ages of mankind. The seven days which were revealed to Moses (aka “the
    Observations of Moses”) were not revealed in chronological order, but in what’s called
    “Biblical Order”, which any theologian or “bible scholar” worth their salt should be able
    to ascertain. Here is where the current ignorance of mainstream theology will be made known for all to see.

    To preview what the book (“Moses Didn’t Write About Creation!!”) shall convey, go to:
    http://hometown.aol.com/ephraim7/myhomepage/index.html.
    There, it will keep you abreast of when the book will be available, and how to obtain a
    copy. In the book, the true “Origin of Satan” is revealed. Also, comprehensive coverage
    of the “Extra-Celestial Civil War” (aka “the war in Heaven”) is given, what brought it
    about, when it ended, and why Satan was allowed to do his evil deeds in this universe.

    It is a given that secular science shall at first criticize the work, calling it “a new attempt
    to harmonize science with religious literature”. Afterwards, they may try to call it “a
    convenient coincidence”. But what will the worlds of current creationism and theology
    do? Close ranks, “get on board” and accept the truth, or remain defiant and criticize from
    the sidelines, as the Sanhedrin did in 27 AD?

    Herman Cummings
    Ephraim7@aol.com
    PO Box 1745
    Fortson GA, 31808