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Creationism Museum
Jeff with Leif and Piano
jbailey
On our move down to California, Angie, Leif and I stopped by the Creationism Museum. I mentioned this a couple of Augusts ago. Unfortunately, I didn't want to post about it without having the pictures, and I've only just finally got around to uploading them. I suck, news at 11.

http://picasaweb.google.com/kaladron/CreationismMuseum

We went with Stephanie, and had a great time.  We got there a bit late, so didn't get to see the floor show and stuff, but we did get a chance to see the exhibits.  The people there were a little reminiscent of the TV show Circle Square, where the people were just a little too friendly, and blinked just a little too rarely.

How we heard about the creationism museum was from an Interview on CBC, where the guy who opened the museum talked about how they were trying to show a different interpretation of the results of archaelogical digs, and how they saw this as a religion, and that science is just another religion.  We were a bit shocked when we got to the US to discover that the guy is somewhat less rational there, claiming that what they're doing is good pure science, etc.

The premise is an interesting one:  They start with the literal truth of the bible and then interpret everything against that backdrop.  The argument is a vaguely reasonable one: Scientists do this all the time using what they've learned in school.  They've learned that the universe is billions of years old, and therefore will do carbon dating a certain way, etc.  If you start with the bible saying that the universe is 6000-odd years old, then results wind up getting interpreted differently.

The key to most of how the world wound up the way it is is apparently tied up in two major events: First, the story with the apple (Sorry I'm a little light on details, I didn't grow up Christian) caused people to start eating meat and wearing clothes.

Aside of the moment, my in-laws have a great fridge magnet from restoringeden.org: "God's original plan was to hang out in a garden with some naked vegetarians"

The second big event was the great flood, which killed all the dinosaurs, caused turbulence, moved continents around, and some other stuff.

Amusingly enough, when looking for a link to the CBC review, I found a review of a complaint about the interview: http://www.cbc.ca/ombudsman/ombudsmanweb/39.htm

Anyhow, had a great time.  Enjoy the photos. =)


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>The argument is a vaguely reasonable one

Not really.

Glad to see your arguing skills are about equal to theirs.

Thanks for sharing. =)

er, there's a difference between something in a book with tons of supporting physical evidence that can be gathered/tested/repeated in a scientific manner in many different ways and in different spheres of knowledge and something in a book with absolutely no scientifically supportable evidence of any kind.

Absolutely! The problem is that body of knowledge (for both theories) is really too great for anyone to actually tackle. Someone coming from a Christian religious community is surrounded by people telling them that the word of God is eternal and unchanging. How is a person to know what to interpret how? When I read things in, say, Scientific American I have a certain amount of trust in the process they went through. If I had instead grown up listening to Dr. Laura, how would I know to trust the scientific process?

I've never had to reconcile my beliefs with what science tells us, but I bet that it sucks.

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