The museum, a 60,000-square-foot menace to 21st century scientific advancement, is the handiwork of Answers in Genesis, a leader in the "young Earth" movement. Young Earthers believe the world is about 6,000 years old, as opposed to the 4.5 billion years estimated by the world's credible scientific community. This would be risible if anti-evolution forces were confined to a lunatic fringe, but they are not. Witness the recent revelation that three of the Republican candidates for president do not believe in evolution. Three men seeking to lead the last superpower on Earth reject the scientific consensus on cosmology, thermonuclear dynamics, geology and biology, believing instead that Bamm-Bamm and Dino played together.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Flinstones Science Museum -- Due to Open
When I was a child, I loved the Flintstones -- and not the live action version, but the original animated version. Fred and Barney and friends -- all of those dinos and mammoths wandering around with the cavemen and cave women.
Well, since I grew out of my scientific creationist ways I've always thought of young earth creationism, which must somehow incorporate the dinosaurs and all in a time line that's around 6000 years, as Flintstones science. Well, with the opening this weekend of the Answers in Genesis sponsored Creationist museum that tries to do just that, the LA Times editorial writer made the same connection that I did.
And as the essay reminds us Flintstones was a cartoon not a documentary!!! Now for some responsible conversation about science and faith!