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If you haven't read this morning's Bob Dyer Beacon Journal piece about the Akron Fossils & Science Center in Copley, do so here.
What could possibly be wrong with a place called the Akron Fossils & Science Center? Right? Fossils.....science....sounds educational, plus who doesn't like looking at fossils?
Fossils are 'any remains, impression, or trace of a living thing of a former geologic age.'
Science is, 'systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.'
Given those definitions, the Akron Fossils & Science Center, just basing a tentative conclusion on the name, itself....one would think that the Center would be featuring exhibits of the remains of things from former geological ages and the subsequent knowledge gained through scientific observation and experimentation on those remains.
According to Dyer's article, one would be wrong to think that.
The Akron Fossils & Science Center exists to support belief in biblical creationism. Dyer....
The ''science'' being taught includes a huge display quoting the Book of Genesis and purporting to show that scientific research confirms every word of the Scripture..... youngsters are being taught that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, rather than the 4.5 billion years estimated by the world's scientists. Humans and dinosaurs walked the planet at the same time, according to the displays.
All of this sounds like the Intelligent Design case from a few years ago in Dover, PA.....when a judge scolded creationists for lying about their intentions to insert supernatural-based religion into public, secular classrooms.
Bob Dyer took evolutionary scientist, Stephen Weeks, along with him to the center.....
Weeks had toured the museum before, shortly after it opened. At the time, he wasn't worried because he figured the presentation was so obviously bogus that the operation would never last.
He believes it has survived largely because the center's name misrepresents its mission.
The word 'misrepresents' can connote deceptive intent. Not always, of course, say, if one was honestly seeking to represent the material under purview. However, biblical creationists, with the Dover case and others, have, of late, established a pattern of intent to deceive.
To defend, in a modern world, the indefensible. The inerrancy of a literally-interpreted Bible. The modern era, with it's scientific and archeological discoveries, has become a threat to Christian fundamentalism, which bases itself, allegedly, on faith.
The deceptively-named Akron Fossils and Science Center is simply an attempt to fight back against this threat.
I'm sure the folks behind the Copley Center are fine folks, well meaning folks. My problem with them, as it is with all Intelligent Design efforts, is the deception.
Judge Jones from the Dover case...
" one consistency among the Dover School Board members’ testimony, which was marked by selective memories and outright lies under oath,"
The fundamentalist Christians who warn, in shrill prophetic language, about the dangers of a yet-to-come anti-Christ, who will deceive many earthlings into believing a lie.....are the very same folks who attempt to deceive and mislead visitors to a Fossils & Science Center, that offers neither.
Perhaps, fundamentalist Christians, when they attempt to deceive and mislead, are only emulating their God....
"The coming of the lawless one (anti-Christ) is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
2 Thessolonians, chapter 2.
Hey...if deception is good enough for God.....
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