(this is a continuation of Creation Museum Part 1)
After passing through the Paleontologist room where the idea of “Same Facts – Different Views” was introduced, the Museum creators felt the need to dwell on the point for a bit. The next room contained a series of large wall plaques that portrayed the differences between “Human Reason” and “God’s Word” for a few different subjects.
The creation of the universe, the evolution of life, and the evolution of humans were among those subjects.
Up to this point, no reason is really given why we should trust God’s word more than human reason. I’m fairly sure that this display room was set up just to hammer home the notion that there can be different views because of different starting points, not to proclaim which starting point constituted the “correct” view.
We were led down the comparison path just a bit more with a summary of two perspectives on history.
If you enlarge the first picture (that’d be the “Human Reason” one), you’ll notice a fairly standard timeline of time and space, starting with the Big Bang and progressing through the evolution of humans. Very sensible. That, of course, is contrasted with a history timeline based on a literal reading of the book of Genesis… a full 6,000 years since the creation of the universe. It lists the “Seven C’s of History” with a brief description of each.
The kids pointed the way…
Oh… Billy, there’s a darn good reason why you never heard this before in school… especially in a science class.
(Hint: because it’s not science.)
Here’s how… “God’s Word is True.” Ta-dah.
The justifications for this claim are as follows (from the plaque):
- 40 authors, writing over 2,000 years, spoke the SAME MESSAGE.
- Scrolls, discovered in the last century, confirm that the ORIGINAL WORDS have been preserved.
- Archaeology has repeatedly confirmed that the Bible’s HISTORICAL DETAILS are accurate.
- Hundreds of BIBLE PROPHECIES have been fulfilled, and none has failed.
With the liberal use of bold and ALL CAPS, I found myself thinking that maybe I’d stumbled upon an internet message board.
Though I would refute all four points above in varying degrees, they are all secondary to the main reason why God’s Word is true… at least according to the Creation Museum creators.
That’s it. We got four easily refutable bullet points and a statement based on circular reasoning (the bible is the inspired word of God because it says so). Even I was a little disappointed in that. There was one additional plaque that made the claim that the church has survived every attack ever made on it (evolution, The DaVinci Code, etc), but it wasn’t so much an argument for why we should trust God’s Word so much as a self-serving resume of dubious achievements.
The next room was a smaller room that showed stages of biblical history from a people perspective. The prophets (Isaiah, Moses, and King David) were followed by the empty tomb of Jesus and the apostles. The only apostle they showed was Paul, who looked suspiciously like Ray Comfort.
At this point, I was still incredibly impressed with the physical quality of all the exhibits, but found the substance of the arguments lacking… which really wasn’t surprising. There isn’t really an argument of any substance for a creationist viewpoint. I had just expected a little more creativity.
As it turns out, we just hadn’t gotten to the “good stuff” yet. That came after the story of Noah. But first we got to go through the story of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, the Fall, and Noah’s Flood… all of which had some special gems.
I’ll cover those in the next posts.
(The tour will continue in part 3)