The Creation Museum is raving about its new fossilized dinosaur, Ebenezer. The skeleton, discovered in northwestern Colorado, was donated Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation to the museum. Young Earth Creationists hopes that the fossil will not only prove to visitors that “dinosaurs roamed the Earth only 4,300 years ago” but that it will attract scientists to come and examine the fossil.
For those of you who do not know what the Creation Museum is, I encourage you to explore their website through the link provided above. Essentially, it is a museum in Petersburg, Kentucky intended to promote young earth creationist view on the creation of the universe and man. Its exhibits include a planetarium that presents an alternative explanation to the Big Bang Theory and a display of Lucy, the “poster girl of human evolution”.
The article illustrates the movement by Young Earth Creationists to gain credibility through the use science. I think Ken Ham’s quote underlines this well:
“For decades I’ve walked through many leading secular museums, like the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and have seen their impressive dinosaur skeletons, but they were used for evolution. Now we have one of that class for our museum.”
Ken Ham, the founder of the Museum, stated that the fossil “fulfills a dream I’ve had for quite some time.” Whether the fossil leaves any lasting impact on the argument for young earth creationism is yet to be seen. So far, no scientist has taken the Museum up on its offer to examine the fossil. Perhaps participation of outside scientists could transform the Creation Museum into a scientific institution.
I would like all of you to examine the exhibits of Creation Museum on their website. Do you see any comparisons with the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian? What do you guys think about the Young Earth Creationists utilizing the fossil to prove the scientific validity of Creationism and the Flood? I would like to hear all of your thoughts on the Creation Museum as well.