WE have all read amusing accounts about visits to the Creation Museum, telling how rational people react the absurd display of Babylonian-era “science.” Okay, dear reader, now we’re going to give you the flip side.
Here are some excerpts from US creationists unswayed by evolution exhibition, appearing in the Daily Telegraph, which has the ninth largest daily newspaper circulation in the UK. The bold font was added by us:
They plan to become doctors, researchers and professors, but these students from Liberty University, an evangelical school, also believe that God created the Earth in a week, around 6,000 years ago.
Each year, a group of biology students at the Christian university based in Lynchburg, Virginia, travels to the Natural History Museum in Washington to learn about a theory they dismiss as incorrect – Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Here’s some information about Liberty University. Now let’s read some more from the Daily Telegraph:
The young “creationists” examined a model of the Morganucodon rat, believed to be the first and common ancestor of mammals that appeared some 210 million years ago.
Lauren Dunn, 19, a second-year biology student, was unimpressed. “210 million years, that’s arbitrary. They put that time to make up for what they don’t know,” she said.
Smart girl! We continue:
Nathan Hubbard, a 20 year-old from Michigan and a first-year biology major who plans to become a doctor, regarded the model with suspicion. “There is no scientific, biological genetic way that this, this rat, could become you,” he said, seemingly scandalised by the proposition.
That lad is going to be a great physician one day. Here’s more:
Liberty University is the most prominent evangelical university in the United States, with around 12,000 students who adhere to strict rules and regulations regarding moral conduct. Its biology curriculum includes a course on “Young Earth Creationism”, which juxtaposes Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species with the Book of Genesis.
Truly, a model for schools everywhere! Moving along:
David DeWitt, a Liberty University biology professor, opens his classes with a prayer, asking God to help him teach his students. “I pray that you help me to teach effectively and help the students to learn and defend their faith,” he says.
That’s the way science should be taught! Another excerpt:
Creationist belief has implications for the way people understand a variety of fields, including biology, paleontology and astronomy, but also impacts questions about climate change and educational debates.
Isn’t this great? On with the article:
“Creationism and evolutionism have different ways of explaining the evidence. The creationist way recognises the importance of biblical records,” said Ross [Marcus Ross, who teaches paleontology]. He teaches his students that dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the Earth 4,000 to 5,000 years ago during the flood that Noah survived by building an ark. He says carbon-dating techniques that have been used to suggest the Earth is in fact billions of years old are simply not reliable.
Carbon-dating suggests billions of years? Who knew? The article ends with another quote from Ross:
Though Ross acknowledges that the United States is among the most welcoming environments in the world for creationists, he said it can be difficult to convince people to take him and his beliefs seriously. “The attitude is when you are a creationist you are ignorant of the facts,” he said.
And so we leave the creationist students and their learned faculty. We trust that they will soon be back in the comforting environment of Liberty University, where their science is respected.
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