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Answers magazine is the Bible-affirming, creation-based magazine from Answers in Genesis. In it you will find fascinating content and stunning photographs that present creation and worldview articles along with relevant cultural topics from different authors. Each quarterly issue includes a detachable chart, a pullout children’s magazine, a unique animal highlight, excellent layman and semi-technical articles plus bonus content from the website. Our purpose is to equip you, our reader, with practical answers so you can confidently communicate the gospel and biblical authority with accuracy. Why wait? Subscribe today!

Uncovering secrets

by Stacia McKeever

7 April 2004

Your adventure through the Creation Museum will be a mind-twisting journey—not in a ‘Sixth Sense’ type of way, in which the ending completely changes what you were led to believe from the beginning. Instead, our goal is to challenge you to see the world differently right from the beginning of your experience.

Creation Museum lobby
Creation Museum lobby. Click on image to enlarge.

Exploring the lobby, as you wait to enter the planetarium or special effects theater, you’ll find children playing in a stream, while a couple of T. rex dinosaurs look on. Dinosaurs with humans—surely that can’t be true, can it? You’ll also find exhibits which ask questions like Which came first: the sun or the earth? and Don’t natural selection and evolution refer to the same thing?

After meandering through a small-scale replica of a canyon, you’ll emerge into a room that confronts you with the idea that ‘facts’ don’t speak for themselves—they must be interpreted. Two paleontologists are excavating the bones of a dinosaur—each has a different interpretation of the bones. What? Dinosaur bones aren’t found with attached tags saying, ‘Hi, I’m 65 million years old!’?

After that, you’ll take a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of each of the paleontologists’ offices, where you’ll learn that it’s the view of history you choose to accept that guides your interpretations of this present world. Are your ideas about the past and present shaped by the Word of the ever-present, all-knowing God (the biblical view), or by the opinions of our fellow humans (the naturalistic view)? Or do you ‘pick and choose’ the parts of each view that you like the best, and attempt to combine them (see our Q&A topic ‘Creation Compromises’)?

The next ‘mind twister’ confronting our guests is a choice, which will be posted over the doorway to the next area. Since the two views are mutually exclusive and simply can’t be combined, you must make a choice: which view of history do you choose to accept as your starting point?

Enter into the ‘back room’ of the paleontologist who accepts a naturalistic view of history—one that doesn’t involve any supernatural being or happenings. Here, you’ll explore the ‘hidden secrets’ of this view.

For example, did you know that normal operational science (science that deals with repeatable observable processes in the present) doesn’t support the naturalistic view of history? In fact, scientific experiments yield results that are completely opposite of what evolutionary naturalism requires. For instance, Pasteur showed that life can only come from life, yet evolutionary naturalism continues to insist that life originally arose from lifeless chemicals. Moreover, naturalism requires that after life came into being, various mutations in the genetic information slowly accumulated and brought about the wide variety of plants and animals present today. However, scientific observations have shown that mutations simply cannot bring about the required increase in genetic information. Additionally, evolutionary naturalism requires that the universe is several billion years old, yet 90 percent of the scientific methods used to estimate the age of the earth and universe yield ages far less than the required billions of years and thus contradict the ages accepted by the secular world.

Not only is naturalism not scientifically accurate, it also does not make accurate predictions about future experiments. Three illustrations should suffice: naturalism inaccurately predicted that ‘junk DNA’ was just that—junk, yet scientists are increasingly realizing that this part of the DNA has a function and purpose; it predicted that we could remove up to 180 organs from our bodies because they were evolutionary leftovers without ill effects, and it predicted that scientists would find intelligent life in outer space, yet after 100 years of searching, none has been found.

Further, the ‘evidence’ supporting this view has been continually revised and changed over the years: Piltdown man was finally shown to be a fraud, embryonic recapitulation is now known to be utterly false, the horse evolution series is now defunct, and the ideas surrounding the origin of flight in birds, and the way dinosaurs are believed to have died are each self-contradictory.

So why do people continue to choose the naturalistic view as their starting point? Harvard geneticist Richard Lewontin candidly admits:

‘We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door’ (‘Billions and billions of demons,’ The New York Review, 9 January 1997, p. 31).

So there you have it. Acceptance of the evolutionary naturalistic viewpoint comes, not because of what the ‘scientific evidence’ teaches—in fact, it is accepted many times in spite of the evidence—but because of a deliberate choice to reject the Creator and His revelation to mankind (Romans 1:18–23).

Surprised at this conclusion? Many of our guests will be, but that’s why we’re building this museum—to challenge people to critically examine what they believe, and why they believe it, and to make it clear that there is, in fact, a choice to make. Our desire is that the Holy Spirit will use these exhibits to straighten out the ‘twisted minds’ of those who have not yet made a decision to receive the free gift of salvation offered by our Creator, as well as those compromising Christians who are ineffective at getting out the gospel because they fail to recognize the hindrance of accepting these false naturalistic presuppositions.

So, if the naturalistic view of history isn’t reliable, then when about the biblical view? Stay tuned….

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