If you have been tracking with me for a while, you are probably aware that I do not have a lot of sympathy for the young-earth creationist view of things or its proponents. Thus it should not surprise you that I am not particularly fond of Ken Ham and his so-called “Creation Museum”.
Today I would like to direct your attention to a post from a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who visited the Creation Museum recently and was not particularly impressed with it either. Unlike most critiques of the young-earth creationist view which talk about the length of the “days” in Genesis or whether or not there were dinosaurs on the ark, this piece looks at it from a much more basic level of what the text of Genesis actually says and what interpretations can be legitimately drawn. The big idea of this piece is that Ham and the young-earth creationists get it wrong from the first three words of Genesis. According to Hebrew grammar the phrase “In the beginning” cannot and does not refer to the absolute beginning of the universe. The phrase that is used there allows for a pre-existing universe and even a pre-existing earth.
The piece then goes on to discuss dragons, flying serpents, and sea monsters, and Ham’s claims that such legends are evidence that dinosaurs and humans lived together. It ends with a thought-provoking exercise: Are all humans really descended from Adam and Eve, or is that just an assumption we bring to the text of Genesis 1-2?