They’re creepy & they’re kooky. Mysterious & spooky

They’re all together ooky. The AGENDA family. (snap snap) 

******the original article 

Ky. Creation Museum opens to thousands

Tue May 29, 5:06 PM ET

PETERSBURG, Ky. – A museum that tells the Bible’s version of Earth’s history — that the planet was created in a single week just a few thousand years ago — attracted thousands to its opening as protesters rallied outside.

The dozens of demonstrators argued Monday that the Creation Museum’s central tenets conflict with scientific evidence that the Earth is several billion years old. Overhead, an airplane pulled a banner with the message: “Thou Shalt Not Lie.”

The privately funded museum had more than 4,000 guests on opening day, said Mark Looy, a co-founder of the $27 million facility 20 miles southwest of Cincinnati. The parking lot was filled with license plates from dozens of states.

“The guests were very happy with the museum experience,” Looy said. “Of course, we had some naysayers come through and engage us in conversation, and that’s fine — we want them.”

Lawrence Krauss, an author and physicist at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University, decided to view the museum firsthand.

“It’s really impressive — and it really gives the impression that they’re talking about science at some point,” Krauss said. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being best, “I’d give it a 4 for technology, 5 for propaganda. As for content, I’d give it a negative 5.”

The museum features high-tech exhibits designed by a theme-park artist, including animatronic dinosaurs and a wooden ark at least two stories tall, plus a special effects theater and planetarium.

Some exhibits show dinosaurs aboard Noah’s Ark and assert that all animals were vegetarians until Adam committed the first sin in the Garden of Eden.

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Several things stand out in this article:

1) “Thou Shalt Not Lie” appears to be featured in the presentation of this Creationist museum. Since neither Darwinism nor Creationism has been definitively proven, I find it not only pointless to use here and also rather antagonistic. Seeing as Christianity is taken on faith (proof wouldn’t make it a religion then now would it?) and has that “love thy neighbor” thing, I see that as two potential strikes against this place before even setting foot in it. Scientists without proof, on the other hand, is what we call job security. The tone of this exchange is obvious, which makes the later offer to “engage us in conversation” rather pointless.

2) $27 million was collected, set aside and used to build this shrine of nervous antagonism. I wonder how many homeless people this money would have sheltered, clothed, fed, treated and educated had it been spent for more altruistic things.  Normally to see such wasteful spending, you have to go to Washington.

The reality is that science and religion aren’t in conflict. They never were. It’s all a matter of perception. Science isn’t always that exact and that you sometimes have to start with theories. Theories that prove to be not accurate are not clung to, but still documented and taught so we can appreciate how far we have come. It’s not trying to strong-arm its way into anything. It’s on the discussion table as a starting point.

Science also has the concept of unknowns, but seem to be more comfortable with their presense. Both can be taken at face value or literally interpreted, as well as be subject to personal agenda.

Scientists who can’t appreciate the possibility of a divine hand in the creation of the universe are myopic. Believers who think science could possibly unravel the concept of religion reveal their own weak faith. 

just my opinion, of course……

p.s. This reminds me of the spiritual version of that old Reese’s peanut butter cup commercial. One person holding a jar of peanut butter collides in a hallway with someone holding a chocolate bar. They first curse each other. You got your chocolate in my peanut butter. You got your peanut butter in my chocolate. Then, upon tasting the new combination are both pleasantly surprised how well they go together. Only in this case, it was “you got your religion in my science.” Isn’t rather prophetic about how that old commercial was?

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4 responses to “They’re creepy & they’re kooky. Mysterious & spooky

  1. 1) I believe it was the “Defenders of the Constitution” that flew the plane in protest of the museum. It’s a bit funny that they misquoted, don’t you think? A complete citation probably would not have fit on the banner. By the way, faith is very much based on substance and evidence. When it is not, it ceases to be faith.

    2) You could say the same thing about every other museum as well, Christian or not.

    That’s a good thought about the contrast between science and faith. I would say this, however, while science begins with theories and moves toward assurance, faith begins with assurance and looks forward to the unknown.
    My only question is this: If neither Darwinism nor Creationism have been “definitely proven”, then why is Creationism left off of your “discussion table” while Darwinism is left as the only starting point?

  2. Do they servce apples at the museum snack bar? A little Eden humor there….

  3. Another important distinction to make about religion and science is that they are still two separate things. I don’t think the plan is or should be to merge them. Like I said, they are two (of many) ways to interpret the universe.

    Those who are vocal about Creationism, to me, appear to be looking to validate it with science, but don’t seem to want any scrutiny? That isn’t how science works. Science tries to pick apart things and reconstruct them. They look for patterns or any other external data to build their theories from scratch. Scientists might hold onto a presupposition, test it to see if it works, and will drop it or modify it when it no longer works. The Creationist line of thought pre-supposes things like the existence of God. Creationists enter the lab with their own data and would never consider omitting it from their findings. If a scientist did that, they wouldn’t be considered credible. If criminal forensics made assumptions, it wouldn’t be as likely to be a fair trial.

    Creationism also has another thing going against it, too. For example, empirical data such carbon dating gets discredited because of personal choice. Carbon atoms decay at a steady rate regardless of whether or not everyone chooses to believe that or not. You can’t pick and choose which data supports your theory. Do stuff like that often enough and you end up like the Flat Earth Society.

    If religion doesn’t want to follow the rules, why bother trying to be a scientific theory? Should it be taught in schools? Sure. Does it belong in the classroom? Of course. Is it better suited to be in a Comparative Religion class? Yes. Would a Comparative Religion class be beneficial? I think so. Unfortunately, with how few parents I see step up to the plate when it comes to raising their children; many might confuse learning about as indoctrination. I also doubt that most communities would tolerate learning about other religions besides Christianity. Something tells me the general reaction would be negative or non-accepting if Islam, Hinduism, Paganism, or any other non-mainstream was on the discussion table.

    So, to answer your question….Creationism isn’t science, but that’s o.k. – it doesn’t have to be to have meaning.

    p.s. It seems there are even different types of Creationists, too. Looks like there isn’t a general consensus of accepting that theory either.

  4. If they didn’t want to be scrutinized then don’t you think the last thing they would want to do is open a museum?
    All science is presuppositional. You said it yourself that science begins with theories. An evolutionist enters the lab with the presupposition that there is not God.
    You’re right. Creationists’ theories differ almost as much as Evolutionsists’ theories differ. Some Creationists butcher the scientific process, but others (Answers in Genesis) honor it.
    Check out this article:
    http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v25/i2/bullet.asp

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