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Friday, May 25, 2007

Creation Museum Opens Monday

My friend Kurt Wise has been hard at work in Kentucky on the Creation Museum and it is now finally opening!

The Creation Museum
2800 Bullittsburg Church Road
Petersburg, KY 41080

Opens Monday, May 28, 2007
Produced by Answers in Genesis

Ken Ham Blog: Creation Museum in The New York Times

Concerned Women for America:
Pray for the Museum!

From the NY Times article by Edward Rothstein:
For the believer, it seems, this museum provides a kind of relief: Finally the world is being shown as it really is, without the distortions of secularism and natural selection.

The Creation Museum actually stands the natural history museum on its head.

Natural history museums developed out of the Enlightenment: encyclopedic collections of natural objects were made subject to ever more searching forms of inquiry and organization. The natural history museum gave order to the natural world, taming its seeming chaos with the principles of human reason. ...

But given the museum’s unwavering insistence on belief in the literal truth of biblical accounts, it is strange that so much energy is put into demonstrating their scientific coherence with discussions of erosion or interstellar space. Are such justifications required to convince the skeptical or reassure the believer?

In the museum’s portrayal, creationists and secularists view the same facts, but come up with differing interpretations, perhaps the way Ptolemaic astronomers in the 16th century saw the Earth at the center of the universe, where Copernicans began to place the sun.

But one problem is that scientific activity presumes that the material world is organized according to unchanging laws, while biblical fundamentalism presumes that those laws are themselves subject to disruption and miracle. Is not that a slippery slope as well, even affecting these analyses?

To answer Mr. Rothstein's two questions:

On justification by scientific coherence: With the same facts leading to different interpretations, it's not a question of scientific coherence as much as it's a question of simply giving voice to a presentation of the data as interpreted by God's Word, the Bible.

On unchanging laws: the museum intends to shift our understanding of what is unchanging. While God may have created natural law, who would stop him if he decides to alter them? Science, man's understanding and interpretation of data, is anything but unchanging. Theories barely last a century.

The LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD's power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not" (Numbers 11:23).

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

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