"It's a very dangerous thing to believe in nonsense." -- James Randi
|Volume 6 Issue 5||June/July 1998|
A Visit to the Institute for Creation Research
Part 2: Fossils and Post-Flood Man
by Karen Bartelt, Ph.D.
As discussed in Part 1, last issue, on Jan. 9, 1998, a group of skeptics visited the Institute for Creation Research's (ICR) Museum of Creation and Earth Science in Santee, CA. After a lecture on Mt. St. Helens by Dr. Steve Austin, our group was encouraged to tour the museum. The museum brochure offers a "Journey Through Time", and promises answers to the following questions: "Do religion and science clash? Why is there pain and suffering in the world? What is the evidence for the Genesis Flood? How old is the earth? What about the origins of mankind, nations, and languages?" Their brochure states: "You've heard the stories -- now confront the facts!"
I was eager to confront the facts, so I chose to explore on my own rather than join a tour. Except for our group of about 25 skeptics, the museum was nearly empty. I saw no sign prohibiting photography, so I took about 20 photos. No one told me to stop, but on two occasions, some staff people asked whether I "was ok." I assured them that I was just fine, and kept shooting pictures.More