Even though I’m a Christian, I am by no means a creationist – not even close. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous (and sort of insane) to believe that the Earth is only 6,000-years-old. It takes an incredible amount of willful ignorance to doubt overwhelming scientific evidence and believe that everything that’s ever happened occurred within the last 6,000 years.
A growing trend we’ve seen spring up around the country are “creationist museums.” These facilities aren’t actual museums; they do nothing more than ignore countless amounts of overwhelming scientific evidence to basically push the idea that the Bible is a word-for-word factual account of history. Not only that, but they often attempt to discredit actual science by essentially just making up their own “scientific conclusions.”
Well, a Montana newspaper decided to check out the Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum to see what this place was trying to pass off as “factual historical information.”
And – wow.
Here are a few things they noted:
- The Bible is an accurate, literal history of the world. The world is about 6,000-6,400 years old and a six-day divine creation.
- The flood of the Bible’s book of Genesis, the Noah’s Ark flood, split the continents apart with water called from the deep and set off a worldwide cataclysm that buried the creatures that would become fossils in one mass event. The long flood, ensuing volcanic eruptions and an ice age radically changed the planet.
- Dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. Dinosaurs were on the ark.
- Life can not be traced back as branches to a trunk. God created “kinds,” like dog kind from whence sprung dogs, wolves, coyotes. Humans and primates don’t come from the same “kind.” Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon and humans are all of “humankind,” which came from Adam and Eve.
No matter how many times I hear it, whenever one of these people tries to tell me humans and dinosaurs existed at the same time, I start laughing. I’m sorry, but to believe that is completely insane.
Even worse, they actually defend their belief that dinosaurs and humans were around at the same time and on the ark by claiming that these giant creatures were all vegetarians – including the T-Rex.
Oh, and they also claim that humans were able to live for 900+ years (it’s in the Bible, after all) because of the higher levels of oxygen on the Earth.
Think about that “logic” for a moment, will you.
Creationists believe that some people, such as Noah, lived to be over 900-years-old… yet believe the Earth is only around 6,000-years-old. Another way to look at it is, they believe there were some humans who lived one-sixth of the entire age of the Earth – yet there’s not a single shred of evidence that any of them ever existed.
One would think, if there were people who lived for one-sixth the entire age of the Earth that there would be indisputable and ample evidence that these folks existed.
Yet there’s absolutely none.
This “museum” also teaches that the Grand Canyon was created by an Ice Age dam that cut through the Earth following the “flood.”
The list goes on and on.
As the article cites, paleontologists have referred to this “museum” as a “temple of ignorance” and “the opposite of a science museum.”
And don’t forget, there’s been a strong push by some Republicans to get creationism taught in public schools. So these sorts of facilities matter because they’re helping add legitimacy to these ludicrous beliefs.
If you get a few minutes, read the full write-up from the Great Falls Tribune. The whole piece is an in-depth examination of unbelievable absurdity displayed by the people behind this “museum.”
While I hate to sound condescending, it’s hard not to when I see creationists and some of the nonsense they literally believe. It’s one thing to have a difference of opinion on any number of subjects – but it’s entirely something different to basically say that the entirety of all science is wrong because a book with literally no proof to back up anything written inside of it says so.
Except that’s exactly what creationists believe.
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