Friday, April 6, 2007

A creationist museum replete with Noah’s Ark

Transcript of today's show:

In May 2007, Australian evangelical Ken Ham will open a 47 acre museum completely oriented around stories from the Old Testament. Here you will see actual exhibits, including Noah’s Ark, depicting the earth’s creation. The flamboyant, outspoken Ken Ham describes his museum as a wonderful alternative to the evolutionary natural history museums that are, quote: “turning countless minds against the gospel of Christ and the authority of the Scripture.” [source: Answers in Genesis]

Listen to the 1-minute broadcast of this story [mp3]

Sound Off: Science & Faith. Our point/counterpoint regulars Shelley (the voice of science) and Peter (the voice of faith), comment on the story.

The Voice of Science: Shelley Greene, Ph.D., comments:
Our good friend Webster defines museum as "A building, place, or institution devoted to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value. Mr. Ham's creation museum will certainly be artistic, but in no way will offer scientific nor historical meaning. I do hope that school children are not brought to this museum under the guise of a science or history field trip. What a great disservice that would be to the integrity of our kid's science education.

The Voice of Faith: Peter Williamson, M.Div., comments:
The real story -- the true story -- of our origins and history need to be told. I applaud Ken Ham for his grand and bold depiction of the stories and events that have been supressed far too long by atheistic science. This museum is an outstanding vehicle for proclaiming the inspiring truth of the Bible, and I pray that it spread the word to countless thousands and contribute to the transformation of our society.