And On The Seventh Day God Created A Museum

A whopping 46% of Americans say they believe God created humans in the present form, according to a recent Gallup poll.

As Science Guy Bill Nye puts it in this video, denial of evolution is unique to the United States. The fundamental ideas behind the theory of evolution have been scientific gospel for decades — and yet, defying Darwin, creationists refuse to go the way of the dinosaurs.

Even St. Augustine, the most influential of the early Christian theologians, knew that there were all sorts of problems if the Bible was taken literally, and cautioned that much is metaphorical or allegorical in the Bible.

And yet some Americans continue to need to put themselves, human beings, at the center of the universe, and deny evolution.

Look at what’s happening now:

From International Business Times:

Northern Kentucky is fast becoming a mecca, of sorts, for those attracted to the lucrative business of creationism.

Answers in Genesis, an organization that embraces a “literal” interpretation of the Book of Genesis and believes the earth is only 6,000 years old, is the main group responsible for bringing so-called creation tourism to the region. First, it opened the Creation Museum, which depicts an earth where dinosaurs and humans co-existed. The 70,000-square-foot complex has attracted well over 1 million visitors since it opened in 2007.

As soon as it reaches its funding goal of $24.5 million, Answers in Genesis will help open the nearby Ark Encounter, a Biblical theme park that will feature a full-sized, 500-foot-long, 80-foot-high recreation of Noah’s Ark, a zoo, a first-century village and a mock-up of the Tower of Babel.

Now another group, the online-only Creation Science Hall of Fame, hopes to establish a real-life creationism center located between the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. That’s in addition to another creationism museum in Texas, and a mobile museum that takes fossil exhibits to churches and schools.

The hall of fame website was launched in February and honors “those who honored God’s word as literally written in Genesis.” Any scientist who the institution believes furthers the scientifically inaccurate idea that God created the world 6,000 years ago can be included.

“We honor these people, not because we believe everything they say, but because they made critical contributions to creation science and to the explanation of the Genesis story,” secretary/treasurer of the hall of fame Terry Hurlbut told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Curious as to who “these people” might be, I checked out the hall of fame website, and discovered that it honors 104 deceased male scientists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Faraday and Guglielmo Marconi. To explain why these individuals are included, the site excerpts biography information from the book “Men of Science, Men of God,” written by a man widely recognized as the father of creationism, Henry Morris.

Hmm, I’m pretty sure these dead white males would not have agreed to be a part of this endeavor.

It turns out that not everyone in Kentucky is thrilled about these developments. Last year, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority granted more than $40 million in tax incentives for the planned $172 million Ark Encounter. At the same time, they cut millions of dollars for education.

Let’s give the last word to Bill Nye and his awesome Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children video:

Denial of evolution is unique to the U.S. The U.S. is where most of the innovation still happens. When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in evolution, it holds everyone back. Evolution is the fundamental idea of all of life science. It’s like trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. It makes everything more complicated.


I say to the grown-ups: If you want to deny evolution and live in a world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it — we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.

It would be easy to dismiss the notion of creationism as belonging to the lunatic fringe, but it’s not. Anti-evolution bills have been introduced this year in at least six states, and in 2008 Louisiana passed a bill that gives teachers license to equate creationism with evolution.
Is the United States the laughing stock of the world yet?

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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago


Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.3 years ago

"The ability to prove what was once fact into fiction," Russell, is not nearly a logical sentence. I believe you meant "to turn," rather than prove. I could be mistaken about that, but yes, science can turn what was once believed to be fact, on its head. This is one of the great things about science: that new evidence can disprove what had been thought to be solid fact. The issue is the idea that something was "once THOUGHT to be" solid fact. Today's "facts" are often tomorrows discarded ideas, but only due to new evidence. Facts ought to really be called "Facts, as per current evidence." Science is built on testable hypotheses, not imaginings. See my old comment, the 4th one below yours of Nov. 23, 2012.

pam w.
pam w.3 years ago have GOT to be kidding!

Please tell me you're joking when you say that science turns fact into fiction.

If not....PLEASE tell me you don't have children.....Please!

Just how much of science do you deny?

And when do you say...."STOP....I might believe that there's gravity and medicine and propulsion and physics.....but, NOW....I SAY STOP! "SCIENCE DESTROYS TRUTH."


Russell R.
Russell R.3 years ago

Science - the ability to prove what was once fact into fiction
Science - still searching for the end of the Universe
etc. etc. etc.....................

Curtis P.
Kirk P.3 years ago

It's hard to take anything James H. says about Cro-Magnon man seriously when he continues to refer to him as "Cro-Magnum" man! Perhaps James H. has been drinking a few too many "magnums" while posting his inane comments.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

it's sad and frightening really. Some people will believe anything. get em' when they are young and the poor fools don't stand a chance :/

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M.3 years ago

Holy moley! Wacko comments out in force! Jane Goodall??? Too crazy to even comment on... no wonder no one knows much about it.

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.3 years ago

The fellow who started the Creationist Museum in Kentucky, was taped, in an interview with Ted Koppel, of "NIghtline," saying that when I saw that the evidence for evolution was becoming overwhelming (his word, not mine, not Koppel's), he knew he had to do something!!
Again, YES, when the evidence is overwhelming, the smart thing to do is discount it in its entirety, and BURY YOUR HEAD STILL DEEPER IN THE SAND!
This whole thing is a farce, and people are home schooling in order to be able to shove it down the throats of their children, unadulterated by "evidence." Battles are going on around the country about "equal time" in school curricula. Equal time is not what one gives to hypotheses that have been found, by examining the evidence, evidence now of 150+ years, to have failed.
Can you see gravity? Have you experienced a gravitational wave? There is a theory of gravity, it's something of an hypotheses,but I hear no one, yet, saying that we need to give equal time to the idea that someone can throw a ball up with such force that it will not come down. Now, maybe that is a simplistic example, but I believe that the concept holds.
Now, unfortunately, MONEY is creeping into the picture, and Kentucky is proudly on the verge of becoming a world wide laughing stock.