Thursday, May 31, 2007

Creationist Museum in Canada?

Canada's first museum of creation opens in Alberta

Compared with the $27 million Creation Museum that just opened its doors in Kentucky, Canada's first museum dedicated to explaining geology, evolution and paleontology in biblical terms is a decidedly more modest affair.

The Big Valley Creation Science Museum, which opens next week, was built for C$300,000 ($278,000) in the village Big Valley, Alberta, population 308, a two-hour drive northeast of Calgary.

The Canadian museum features displays on how men once walked among dinosaurs, a giant model of Noah's Ark, a set of English scrolls tracing the family of King Henry VI back to the Garden of Eden, and an interactive bacterial flagellum.

The aim is to contest the widely accepted view that the Earth is billions of years old and its flora and fauna, including humans, evolve. The museum, like its peers in the United States, relies on Genesis, the biblical explanation of creation, to explain fossils, geology and humanity's origins.

"We believe the Bible to be true," said Harry Nibourg, the owner of the museum. "We believe evolution fails the facts."

A creation museum in Canada. Who knew? I wonder if the DefCon people showed up or if that's too long a journey compared to the convenient new museum in northern Kentucky.

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