Wednesday, May 23, 2007

In honor of Linne (Linnaeus)

Linnea borealis, in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) grows in mossy forests in Europe and North America and was named after Carl von Linne of course. And today it is 300 years since he was born in Rashult, Sweden. Long live all species! Actually, I think 90% of all species that has ever lived are already extinct... that is, if you 'believe' in evolution and that life started maybe 4 billion years ago and not in six days 6000 years ago. Good timing - in five days the new Creation Museum opens here in the US. There are Triceratops with saddles on, etc., and apparently well-made and scientific-looking, even if there is no science in it. Guess what their motto is? "Prepare to Believe". One of the reviews (from the Guardian in UK) noted

"The Creation Museum - motto: "Prepare to Believe!" - will be the first institution in the world whose contents, with the exception of a few turtles swimming in an artificial pond, are entirely fake."

So from hard core Linnean science to fairy-tale dino-Disney-hoopla...


O.K. said...

"The museum's research scientist, Dr Jason Lisle, has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He realised he was a Christian while he was an undergraduate, but didn't spread it around: "People get very emotional about the issue. I don't believe we should ever be obnoxious about our faith. I just kept quiet." And how did he pass the exams? "I never lied, but if I was asked a question about the age of the universe, I answered from my knowledge of the topic, not my beliefs."

Words fail me.

LS said...

So, belief trumps knowledge? Like this?

I know the sky is blue, but believe it is pink, so therefore it is pink?

O.K. said...

Yep, but just don't tell any of those scientists...

O.K. said...

I just love the story Bill Hicks told about his Dad:

Dad: The bible is god's direct words.
Bill: No, it's not. And I can prove it to you. Get your bible.

(Dad gets his bible)

Bill: Read the cover.
Dad: The bible.
Bill: More.
Dad: King James' version.
Bill: There you go!

PP said...

Right now … please pray for the Creation Museum project
by Ken Ham, President, AiG-U.S.
May 22, 2007

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As AiG’s Creation Museum is planning a May 28 opening and is already attracting huge interest by the national and international media. However, we recognize that even during this joyous, celebratory time, there will likely be attacks on the museum project ... and the AiG ministry in general.

AiG’s staff recognizes that in the struggle to counter anti-biblical ideas and actions, we don’t fight “against flesh and blood but against principalities ... against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). We would not be surprised if spiritual battles ensue, since, over the years, AiG has experienced intense opposition to the Creation Museum.

Over the coming days, whether the attacks come from secular humanists or even from within the church (yes, that happens more than you might think, for we live in an era in which we see Christians attack and even sue other believers [1 Corinthians 6:1-11]), we need God’s people to stand with us in prayer more than ever.

Frankly, as a fast-growing ministry that has been tremendously blessed by God, it would be easy for AiG’s extremely busy staff who are getting ready to open the museum in a few days to lose focus on what is really important: continually seeking God’s direction and will.

AiG, therefore, asks you to join us right now in fervent, faithful prayers (1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16) that God’s Word will not be hindered by attacks from without and within.

LS said...

There is a petition going around right now, to be signed by scientists in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky about this museum. It states:

"Statement of Concern
We, the undersigned scientists at universities and colleges in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, are concerned about scientifically inaccurate materials at the Answers in Genesis museum. Students who accept this material as scientifically valid are unlikely to succeed in science courses at the college level. These students will need remedial instruction in the nature of science, as well as in the specific areas of science misrepresented by Answers in Genesis."

They are trying to influence the parents by telling them the kids won't get into college unless evolution is taught.

More at this link: