By Dylan T. Lovan
Oct. 10, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The museum exhibits are taken from the Old Testament, but the special effects are pure Hollywood: a state-of-the-art planetarium, animatronics and a massive model of Noah’s Ark, all intended to explain the origins of the universe from a biblical viewpoint.
The Creation Museum, which teaches life’s beginnings through a literal interpretation of the Bible, is claiming attendance figures that would make it an unexpectedly strong draw less than a year and a half after it debuted. More than a half-million people have toured the Kentucky attraction since its May 2007 opening, museum officials said.
For creationists â€” Christians who believe the Bible’s first chapter of Genesis is the literal telling of the universe’s start â€” the museum is a godsend. Many have returned with family and friends, some from
faraway states arguing it’s one of the few with a Christian worldview.
Many scientists say they fear damaging effects on science education when young people tour the museum and fail to square its lessons with what they’re learning in school. One display shows humans coexisting with dinosaurs â€” despite the two species being separated by 65 million years in most science texts.
“We’re depressed, I think,” said Dan Phelps, head of the Kentucky Paleontology Society……