Creationists At The Smithsonian

1 comment March 11th, 2009at 07:11am Posted by Eli

This is surreal on so many levels…

Every winter, David DeWitt takes his biology class to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, but for a purpose far different from that of other professors.

DeWitt brings his Advanced Creation Studies class (CRST 390, Origins) up from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., hoping to strengthen his students’ belief in a biblical view of natural history, even in the lion’s den of evolution.

Advanced Creation Studies?  I have a hard time imagining what such a class would be like.

“Hey, what’d you have for #12 on the midterm?”

“God.”

“Hey, me too!  What about #27?”

“God.”

“Wow, it’s like we’re psychic twins or something!”

His yearly visit to the Smithsonian is part of a wider movement by creationists to confront Darwinism in some of its most redoubtable secular strongholds. As scientists celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, his doubters are taking themselves on Genesis-based tours of natural history museums, aquariums, geologic sites and even dinosaur parks.

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A 2006 poll by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 42 percent of Americans believe humans have always existed in their present form. At universities such as Liberty, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, those views inform the entire science curriculum.

We’re doomed.

Entry Filed under: Education,Religion,Science,Weirdness

1 Comment

  • 1. Cujo359  |  March 11th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Genesis-based tours? Do you suppose they prefer Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel?

    Sorry, but the idea is so whacky I figured there had to be a joke in there somewhere.


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