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"As above, so below."

My friend Julie mentioned something to me about the Creationist Museum
a few months ago, but I just now got to looking the place up. Located in
Petersburg, Kentucky, the Creationist Museum is devoted to exhibits
which portray a biblical, strictly Genesis-view of life on Earth. That
is to say, "no Darwin allowed."

The museum seems to be divided between beautiful exhibits that will
thrill your children and fill you with wonder, and others which will
just depress or scare the crap out of you…

"Walk through the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life, central to the
garden, stretches out its branches, laden with ripened fruits. Come
face-to-face with a sauropod, a dinosaur of incredible dimensions. His
monstrous frame moves through the low-lying thicket as he grazes on
plants. Introduce yourself to our chameleons. Examine bones, a clutch of
eggs from a dinosaur, an exceptional fossil collection, and a mineral
collection. Walk through the Cave of Sorrows and see the horrific
effects of the Fall of man. Sounds of a sin-ravaged world echo through
the room…"

Uh huh.

Well, I'm not so sure about the "sin" part, but I know that we humans
(some of us) can certainly be evil and turn this world into pure hell.
And unfortunately that's not going to change much in spite of the good
of the rest of us. But as far as what that has to do with being a refutation
of the basic principles of science and empirical evidence, I really have
no idea.

And by the way, is there some special Christian significance to chameleons
that I don't know about? Because they really seemed to make a big deal about
those chameleons.

The real problem is that it's just not as simple as denying the basic
principles of evolution. You have to totally deny other things as well,
such as the principles of geologic time and change — the things that
led Darwin and others to the idea of evolution in the first place — and
which indicate that our planet is billions of years old, not thousands.
Then of course there's basic bio-chemistry and the idea of random allele
mutation. And then there's the fact that our universe by most estimates
seems to be about 15 billion years old. To believe in the Creationist
view you have to stick your head in the sand about a lot of things.

What a bunch of medievalist nonsense. And western Christians like to
accuse fundamentalist Islam of being medieval?

And oh, there's one other thing that the Creationists seem to have
forgotten about in their Genesis view: How about allegory, ever
heard of that one, people?

So, what's next I wonder? Disneyland's new Dante's Inferno World — ?

"The creation is the Bible of the Deist.
He there reads, in the handwriting of the
Creator himself, the certainty of His
existence and the immutability of
His power, and all other Bibles and
Testaments are to him forgeries."

— Thomas Paine.

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