Saturday, 4 July 2009

Palaeontologists at the Creation Museum

We can't have a Darwin Bicentennial without a brief nod to the impact of evolution and the ongoing public debate. In particular, AFP reported that Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum at the close to the North American Paleontological Convention at the University of Cincinatti.

What was most interesting about this piece, and atypical for the media, is that they primarily consulted the practicing scientists in the group who were also practicing Christians. It's a nice change of pace from the way that fellows like Answers in Genesis and Richard Dawkins together exploit the media and trump up their logical fallacy of a false dilemma. False Dilemmas, which conveniently reduce our options to a mere dialectic where none may exist - for example, the statement "There are two ways of looking at the world, through faith and superstition or through the rigours of logic, observation and evidence, in other words, through reason" by Richard Dawkins from his partisan-titled series Enemies of Reason - only work in the interests of self-promoting ideologues.

Of the Creation Museum, the article states:
Its presents a literal interpretation of the Bible and argues that believing otherwise leads to moral relativism and the destruction of social values.

Creationism is a theory not supported by most mainstream Christian churches.

Lisa Park of the University of Akron cried at one point as she walked a hallway full of flashing images of war, famine and natural disasters which the museum blames on belief in evolution.

"I think it's very bad science and even worse theology -- and the theology is far more offensive to me," said Park, a professor of paleontology who is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

"I think there's a lot of focus on fear, and I don't think that's a very Christian message... I find it a malicious manipulation of the public."

And again:
Daryl Domning, professor of anatomy at Howard University, held his chin and shook his head at several points during the tour.

"This bothers me as a scientist and as a Christian, because it's just as much a distortion and misrepresentation of Christianity as it is of science," he said.

1 comment:

Robert J. Moeller said...

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