Dinosaurs and Men: together again…

Well…

“The Creation Museum swung open its stegosaurus-guarded gates to the public Monday, and I have to say it’s out of this world. For those of us raised in natural history Meccas like the American Museum in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, or the Field in Chicago, the beautifully designed museum induces an eerie vertigo. All the familiar characters are here: T. rex, giant skeletons of triceratops and apatosaurus, a pterosaur spreading its wings above the crowd, live exhibits of birds, amphibians and reptiles, and the dripping, hooting and chirping soundtrack of the primeval forest. There are also a couple of unfamiliar faces, for a natural history museum, in the tan and finely muscled bodies of Adam and Eve.”

A few years ago, as the Astro class I was teaching came to the end, one of my students raised his hand and asked if I would answer an honest question. He said he thought I might have been lying about my personal beleifs teaching the class. He pointed out that I was a christian (I wore my collar when teaching, so that part was pretty obvious) – and that I’d been talking about evolution and an old Universe as being factual. He couldn’t believe that Christians could hold those two beleifs as being true. When I mentioned that I was episcopalian, the class laughed, nodded their head knowingly and we went on. (Some of those same students later showed up in church and one or two of them were baptized later that year.)

I wasn’t sure why the student had asked the question he did. After reading the article above, and guessing he came from the bible-belt, I guess I have a better idea.

Read the rest here: Inside the Creation Museum | Salon News

Author: Nick Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...