Field Trip!Alright everybody, pack up the vans, we're going on a field trip to the almost open Creation Museum! This is a great addition to the Christian experience, making it possible to combat the secular natural history museums that "proclaim an evolutionary, humanistic worldview. For example, they will typically place dinosaurs on an evolutionary timeline millions of years before man. AiG’s museum will proclaim the authority and accuracy of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and will show that there is a Creator, and that this Creator is Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15-20), who is our Savior."
Costing a modest 25 million dollars, the museum is located just outside of Cincinnati, OH. This is a strategic, evangelical location because "About 2/3 of America’s population can drive to Cincinnati in one day! In addition to those 165 million Americans, millions of Canadians in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec can also drive here in one day."
While we're waiting for the museum to actually open, a virtual tour is available that only creates greater excitement for this great addition to christendom. In addition to several gift shops and eating opportunities "that’ll strengthen your walk with the Creator and embolden your defense of His Word", the highlight of the tour may be the Bible Authority Room: "The Bible is true. No doubt about it! Paul explains God’s authoritative Word, and everyone who rejects His history—including six-day creation and Noah’s Flood—is ‘willfully’ ignorant." Also, the walk through creation area allows families to visit the tree of life and perhaps even take an apple themselves from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! There is a dramatic representation of the first loss of life and the tour includes a face to face encounter with the tempter himself. Ultimately, the story includes a walk through the Ark and a quick skip to the cross where "3-D dioramas show the ‘Last Adam’ pay for the first Adam’s sin and then rise from the grave to conquer death." From there, visitors can rest by the plaza fountain and "relax by a waterfall, enjoy a refreshing drink and reflect on everything you’ve experienced."
This virtual tour is one of the most remarkable things I've ever experienced. I am hoping that my seminary student status may grant me an advanced visit to the museum before the doors are officially opened. For more info on Ken Ham, the museum founder who bear a remarkable resemblance to Christian philosopher Al Plantinga, see this article that explains how Ham sees dinasours as evangelistic lizards and believes they were around at the time of Jesus Christ. I believe I met this guy, or one of his followers, when I was a kid at homeschool club. Anyway, I'll see all of you at the museum opening.