Museum founded to counter claim that humans 'came from slime'
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
A CREATION MUSEUM in Boone County, Cincinnati, will counter the theory of
evolution, using an ambitious "walk through history" experience that will bring
children face to face with dinosaurs.
According to the museum's scriptwriter, Michael Matthews, the dinosaurs -
"held hostage for nearly 200 years by the enemies of God" - are now free to set
the record straight: "No more lies. No more false testimony. No more
Animated young Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs will greet their young
visitors in the lobby of the 50,000 sq. ft complex with the assertion: "Of
course we lived at the same time as humans! God made dinosaurs on the same day
as Adam. And later we drank from the same water as Adam's children."
The museum, due to open fully in 2007 if its $25-million target is reached,
is an offshoot of the American organisation Answers in Genesis (AiG).
Dinosaurs are at the heart of the debate about the age of the earth and the
authority of the Bible, says the organisation. It contends: "Our generation has
been brainwashed with stories about dinosaurs who died '65 million years ago'.
Yet most people don't realise that this is just a façade to keep them from
trusting the history on which the gospel is based."
The museum will feature a 180-seat special-effects theatre, where visitors
will be able to experience everything from the "warm, pungent breath" of the
dinosaurs on their necks to "raindrops as the Flood begins", and perhaps even a
taste of the gale forces that parted the Red Sea.
Donations towards the project are averaging $303,000 per month, and although
that needs to increase to $418,000, the target last month had reached $15.4
million. Donations in kind, in the form of labour or materials, are also being
The founder and president of AiG, Ken Ham, defends a literal interpretation
of the Bible in a popular daily radio feature,
Answers . . . with Ken Ham. Asked in his Tuesday webcast this week
whether "evolutionary indoctrination in government-run schools" affected
students in any way, he suggested that the purposelessness and hopelessness
engendered by teaching young people that they "came from slime" and were "just
animals" could be a factor in the rate of teenage suicide.
Twenty American states are currently preparing to challenge the teaching of
evolution theory in schools.
The museum is intended as "a wonderful alternative to the evolutionary
natural history museums that are turning countless minds against the gospel of
Christ and the authority of scripture", say its originators.
"This 50,000 square-foot facility will proclaim to the world that the Bible
is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice, and in every
area it touches on."