The Answers in Genesis creation museum is scheduled to open on Memorial Day. You can read a Lexington Herald-Leader article about the museum here.
The AiG museum is located in Petersburg, KY, just across the Ohio river from Aurora, IN – my hometown. I ministered for 7 1/2 years at the Dearborn Baptist church, also located in Aurora. In 2005 AiG offered a luncheon for local pastors, and I was fortunate enough to have attended. Along with lunch we were given a tour of the unfinished museum. I was impressed, not only with their service to pastors that day, but with the top quality product of the museum itself. Later in 2005 Dearborn hosted a Bible conference and AiG generously agreed to provide a tour and a bag full of free materials to all the pastors and missionaries in attendance.
I am eager to take my family to No. KY to visit this museum. And it is a museum and not a theme park as Michael Zimmerman has derisively suggested. Zimmerman is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Butler University, he is also the founder of the Clergy Letter Project which is the sponsor of Evolution Sunday. Zimmerman has described Evolution Sunday as an…
event designed to provide an opportunity for congregations around the world to discuss the compatibility of religion and science, to investigate why religion and modern science need not be at war with one another. The event is designed to demonstrate that those shrill fundamentalist voices that assert that people must choose between religion and science are simply incorrect, that they are presenting a false dichotomy, that no such choice needs to be made. Indeed, one of the purposes of Evolution Sunday is to help elevate the nature of the debate on this topic from those who simply shout, “Accept evolution and you’ll go to hell.” Finally, one of the purposes of Evolution Sunday is to bring attention to the Clergy Letter, a letter signed by more than 10,500 Christian clergy members. This letter makes it clear that thousands upon thousands of Christian clergy members have no problem embracing their faith as well as evolution.
There may be thousands of “clergy members” who have no problem embracing faith as well as evolution, but I guarantee you they have a problem with the scriptures. If the first eleven chapters of Genesis aren’t true who is to say that any of the Bible is literally true?
That is just the point. Most “Christians” who hold to an evolutionary origin of species do not hold to a literal interpretation of scripture. If the Bible is not literally true then what “faith” is there to embrace?
I’m thankful for the apologetics work which AiG does so well. Visit their website, take advantage of their resources, and make plans to visit the Creation Museum.