Creation Museum (Part Two)
Creation Museum (Part Two)
Theology. It’s important and vital. Nowhere is this more important than at the museum bookstore.
As I wondered the bookstore, I noticed a pattern. First, most of the books were from a very limited theological perspective, and about ¾ of those books are by Ken Hamm himself (the founder of the creation museum). Most of the books were by dispensational theologians or scientists. It then clicked why some of the other statements in the museum disturbed me on a theological level. Here is what disturbed me:
The museum claims to take the bible “literally” or as God’s word. That’s great, so do I. The problem always comes is that we can’t help bringing our worldview as we read the Bible. It has to be constantly corrected by God’s word itself, but the creation museum folks don’t allow for this. They allow not only their dispensational theology to influence their reading of Genesis 1-2, but they also have culture war political considerations.
Guard dogs. Why?
Sorry, digression there.
The museum has no tolerance for any Christian who has another perspective than a 6 day 24 hour creation, the earth is six thousand years old perspective. There were sections that accused other Christians of taking positions about Genesis 1-2 as people who “were not faithful to the Bible” or “dishonoring to Christ”. I find this offensive on so many levels. It’s perfectly fine to take the 24 hour day position. But, to assert that other Christians are not being faithful to God’s word is just plain wrong at best and sinful at worst.
Even worse, they hold rigidly to the “Ussher” dating of the earth, which has been proven wrong in a number of different ways. It’s not Ussher’s fault. He went with the information he had. He didn’t understand how Jewish genealogies work and some of the other things we have found out about how Genesis 1-11 should be read. It’s just embarrassing that they use this dating. It put me in awkward position with the atheists as I had to explain that most evangelicals, even young earth folks, don’t accept Ussher’s dating.
Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate their desire to be faithful to the Bible and the Gospel itself. But, sometimes I wondered if they were allowing other considerations to enter in their Christianity. Fear. Political power. Playing to their base. And thus, we find the folks at the Creation museum trending towards a “dualistic” mindset that is more Gnostic, and not Christian.
I will discuss this dualistic mindset more in my next post. And, I’ll be giving random thoughts on day 2 of the SSA conference later tonight.