Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Creation Museum

Recently, Karen and I visited the new Answers in Genesis Creation Museum just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. The news stories generated by this event are about what you might expect from the pro-evolution establishment. Even so, they can't quite hide the fact that they witnessed something very impressive. The New York Times piece is as good as any, giving an almost-fair shake mixed with more than a hint of snarkiness.

As one who has visited Disney World in Orlando and numerous other theme parks, I can safely say that the Creation Museum meets or even exceeds the level of quality found in modern world-class attractions. The only thing lacking from the Creation Museum is the ubiquitous "It's a Small World After All," which I add to the "plus" column. Everything about the museum is absolutely top-notch. From the hundreds of flat-screen high-definition TVs to the amazing animatronics to the special effects theater complete with water-squirting seats, this $27 million facility cannot help but overwhelm even the most tech-savvy visitors.

Yet the real heart of the museum lies in the hundreds of exhibits proclaiming the scientific evidence for creation and the cultural consequences of embracing evolution. Journalists seem mystified that some much effort went into producing scientific displays when (to them) creation is only a matter of faith. In fact, the sheer amount evidence in favor of creation and against evolution shocks those unfamiliar with the issues. Years of public schoolings and exposure to mainstream media leave the (intentional) impression on most people that evolution is the unquestioned foundation of all natural science. To them it seems absurd that an ancient religious book would have anything of value to offer on a subject long closed to debate. That's exactly why this museum exists--to confront average people with the claims (even the scientific ones) of the Bible.

The tour ends with a presentation of the gospel message. Ultimately, the museum seeks to introduce their guests to the God of creation, Jesus Christ. The Christian worldview allows all of life's mysteries and problems to come into proper focus. Sin separates us from God and causes death and misery on the earth. However, God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross as a payment for sin. Those who turn from their sin and put their faith in the work of Jesus will be saved from a wasted existence in this life and eternal punishment in the next. I urge you to consider what is for most Americans east of the Mississippi a day trip to the Creation Museum. Prepare to believe!


gtjr92 said...

Cool I think we are going to go monday

Travis said...

It's great to see you blogging! I love your theme and content. The museum was big news here in the Indianapolis area as well. By that I mean that some story was printed nearly every day in the week preceding the grand opening. And the Sunday before the grand opening earned a front page, above the fold headline. Keep in mind that was the same Sunday as the 500. I actually read an article about the creation museum in the Economist! It was well done, too.

I look forward to some blog interaction!

Philip said...

Thanks for commenting, guys! It seems like the news media got caught off-guard even though many of them knew this was coming. The museum is simply more spectacular than anyone was expecting (even me, and I had very high hopes)!