6-10-07 - A comment posted on
Crooks and Liars about
the following article on the dinosaurs-and-people-living-together
Creation museum, from folks
who get their Answers in
At The Museum
By: Nicole Belle on Sunday, June 10th, 2007
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BlueGrassRoots made the trip to the $27 million dollar institute of
non-learning, the Answers in Genesis Creation museum, so you don’t have
Early in the museum, the visitor is given advice on the proper mind
frame to have for your visit: “Don’t think, just listen and believe”.
[..] Human Reason is the enemy and God’s Word is the hero. Descartes
represents Human Reason, saying “I think, therefore I am”. But God tells
us there no need to waste your beautiful mind, for God says “I am that I
So logic, reason and science are Bad; blind faith is Good.
And you wonder why our jobs are being outsourced…
Maybe making casting decisions on faith doesn’t work out so well.
It’s a slippery slope; start researching the actors you use for your
Creation videos and pretty soon, you’re learning and stuff. ((shudder))
Can’t have that, can we,
The problem with so many of these Creationist and
Intelligent Design people is that they try to apply words about the nature
of the absolute, "I am that I am," to the relative - "I think therefore I
am." They confuse phenomenon and noumenon. In crude terms it would be like
trying to apply the science of heaven to the sphere of earth.
The great Christian mystic Dionysius the Areopagite called the worst form
of misunderstanding describing the highest in terms of the lowest (or
vice-versa - describing the relative in terms of the absolute). Along the
same lines, the Buddhist ancestor Nagarjuna said that it would be better
never to have heard of emptiness than to emphasize it to the exclusion of
As far as evolution goes, there need be no big disagreement between
religion and science, even between theists and atheists, or humanists and
followers of some non-theistic way like Buddhism or Taoism, if the
applicable level of discussion is kept in mind. Evolution is just observed
phenomenon. What does it matter what's observed?
Literalism is a common religious disease - taking myths, parables, and
metaphors as literally true is like thinking Mother Goose stories are
literally true. It's action-figure worship, idol gossip. It doesn't matter
unless these confused buffoons try to control science, education,
government, and our lives. Oh gee, I guess it matters.