Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum

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    AFP: Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum


    Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum

    By Britt Kennerly – 3 days ago

    PETERSBURG, Kentucky (AFP) — For a group of paleontologists, a tour of the Creation Museum seemed like a great tongue-in-cheek way to cap off a serious conference.

    But while there were a few laughs and some clowning for the camera, most left more offended than amused by the frightening way in which evolution -- and their life's work -- was attacked.

    "It's sort of a monument to scientific illiteracy, isn't it?" said Jerry Lipps, professor of geology, paleontology and evolution at University of California, Berkeley.

    "Like Sunday school with statues... this is a special brand of religion here. I don't think even most mainstream Christians would believe in this interpretation of Earth's history."

    The 27 million dollar, 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-metre) museum which has been dubbed a "creationist Disneyland" has attracted 715,000 visitors since it opened in mid-2007 with a vow to "bring the pages of the Bible to life."

    Its presents a literal interpretation of the Bible and argues that believing otherwise leads to moral relativism and the destruction of social values.

    Creationism is a theory not supported by most mainstream Christian churches.

    Lisa Park of the University of Akron cried at one point as she walked a hallway full of flashing images of war, famine and natural disasters which the museum blames on belief in evolution.

    "I think it's very bad science and even worse theology -- and the theology is far more offensive to me," said Park, a professor of paleontology who is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

    "I think there's a lot of focus on fear, and I don't think that's a very Christian message... I find it a malicious manipulation of the public.".....................
     
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    It is hard to believe that any thinking adult takes creationism seriously.
     
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    It takes more faith to believe in evolution than just about anything that I know of.
     
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    I agree. I LOL'd when I read about scientists that were so offended by people they had no respect for that they were moved to tears. It's funny that they when there to mock them and ended up crying. I mean, how pathetic is it to go somewhere with the full intention of making fun of those people and then ended up offended and boohooing? Oh, the hypocrisy! :lol:

    And before you hit quote keep in mind I believe in evolution and have read several of Richard Dawkin's books on the subject. I just think hypocrisy is comical. :)
     
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    Fantastic movie!

    Imagine creating a museum of fiction.
     

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