We spent two days at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. We had heard so many wonderful things about it from friends who had visited and we weren’t disappointed. It was very well done, visually and mentally stimulating, and just fun. I’ll post a few pics, but the best way to experience it is to visit it yourself! Get there if you can—someday! It’s worth it.
This was one of my favorite exhibits—The Garden of Eden (with a penguin ).
Another was this one, about the supposed link between humans and apes. While earning my biology degree at a very liberal college, I got plenty of education on Evolution. Lucy, as she is affectionately called, is considered by evolutionists to be part human, part ape. Pictures of her appear in science textbooks, showing her standing upright and looking a lot like what you would imagine a cross between humans and apes to look like! Hmm…must be because an artist imagined her that way.
This display shows how different the same underlying skeleton can look, depending on liberties taken with hair and skin color. The bones on top are what Lucy’s face was reconstructed from.
Creation scientists have analyzed the incomplete skeleton claimed to be Lucy’s and shown that the bones are actually those of an extinct ape. The holographic projections show how well these bones fit into an ape who walks on all fours, very different from an up-right-walker’s skeleton.
Also, it was interesting to note that the footprints evolution scientists have claimed are Lucy’s and show an upright walker, were actually found hundreds of miles away from the skeleton! Here’s a video that explains more.
Exhibit after exhibit debunks the supposed “facts” of Evolution and they all point back to an amazing, loving Creator who has a special purpose for each person He created.
These all came into being by total random, accidental chance??!
1) A belief in Evolution takes away purpose in life. If we are all here by chance, then what’s the point? Where do morals come from? What’s wrong with a “survival of the fittest” mentality and why shouldn’t we “take out” those who are “weaker” to improve our race? (Heard any ideas like that in history ever?) Conversely, believing in a God who created each of us in His image for a particular purpose gives our own lives meaning as well as builds compassion for others.
2) A literal interpretation of the 6 Days of Creation and a young earth is the only one that makes sense. First of all, if we can’t rely on God to be trustworthy in the very beginning of His Word to us, how can we trust anything else the Bible says? Second, believing that God’s creation took millions of years (non-literal interpretation of Genesis, and the way I had for years resolved my belief in the Bible with my biology teaching on Evolution—similar to many other Christians) would allow for millions of years of death, illness, killing, and destruction, even before the fall. God created the perfect world and then called it good. How can we believe God is good if he called all this death “good”? And where does this fit in our need for a Savior?
Evolution is firmly established as a “fact” in so many parts of our society. All the museums (except this one!), zoos and National Parks we’ve visited assume a millions-of-years earth. School textbooks and some Christian leaders propagate this belief (and it IS a matter of faith, not fact). But some of these issues just take a little time, thought, and research to realize they just don’t make sense, they can be interpreted differently depending on one’s starting worldview, and they are built on hundreds of assumptions rather than facts.
The next big upcoming project of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum is a life-sized reconstruction of the Ark. When finished, it will provide a thrilling visit, complete with animals, and an opportunity to get a feel for the grand scope of this amazing structure.
These are photos of the exhibits, and they were even more stunning and life-like in the museum.
We loved the life-sized animatronic Noah in his Ark Office, whom visitors can “ask” questions from a nearby touch screen, such as “How did you fit all the animals on the Ark?” (short answer—take young ones, and take only two of each “kind”…see below) or “Were there dinosaurs on the Ark?” (short answer YES!)
This idea of created “kinds” is important both to how the animals fit on the Ark as well as general animal diversity issues. A good way to understand this is to think about dogs. God would have created the “dog kind” rather than Dobermans, Labradors, Poodles, etc. and this would have also included coyotes and foxes. Over time, this original dog “kind” would have adapted by natural selection to express various traits suited to their environment, resulting in the variety we see today, but this genetic information would have been already present in their DNA, not newly “made” by accidental genetic mutations like Evolution would argue. (And, most importantly, it would not have evolved into a totally different animal.) One way to think about “kinds” is to think of animals that can breed with each other. They would be in the same “kind” (roughly at the Family level of classification taxonomy). A perfect example of this is found in the petting zoo at the museum—the pen with a Zorse (horse and zebra) and a Zonkey (zebra and donkey).
A couple more highlights from our time at the museum:
A class with Dr. David Menton on microorganisms in pond water,
and a T-Rex Workshop with none other than Buddy Davis! He’s one of the museum’s main dinosaur sculptors (in addition to being a singer/songwriter, adventurer, speaker, biblical apologist, caver and all-around likeable guy) and he taught us how to sculpt a T-Rex out of clay.
The finished product!
He looks pretty friendly to me!
One last highlight for Chad was an interview for The Everyday Innovator with Ken Ham and Mark Looy, the co-founders of the museum. Look for a post about the interview coming soon!