The Creation Museum in Kentucky is building a theme park (from Lindsay Tucker of Newsweek). I’ve written about this before. Secular news and bloggers have decried this travesty on the basis that it has qualified for substantial tax rebates from the State of Kentucky, somewhere to the tune of eighteen and a half million dollars. For this, I take no issue with. The tourism tax credit goes to whoever can establish that they’re going to be bringing tourism money to Kentucky. If Six Flags was opening up another theme park somewhere in Kentucky, they’d qualify for it.

My issues:

  1. I don’t believe in six day Creationism. I’d go out on a limb and say that I’d be surprised if a full half of Christians do.
  2. I don’t believe in a literal global Flood.
  3. I do believe that the money that this ridiculous museum, and by extension this ridiculous theme park, could go towards feeding the hungry and clothing the cold. Really, any of the activities that Jesus did would be better suited for this money, while still pursuing Christ’s mission.
  4. The obtuse, retaliatory nature of the “logic” that is used by Creationists.

I’ve been to the museum. I spent a couple years in a private Christian high school in a biology class taught by a man who would roll his eye and make sarcastic declarations about the “proof” of the “theory” of evolution. Air quotes were his, not mind. Why, oh, why, do these people seem to be so hung up on proving that the Genesis account was something more than an important poem about the beauty of creation? Because they’re Biblical literalists.

Before I hijack my own post about how much I hate that the Creation Museum exists and hate how much Christian resources of time and money are being squandered on something that should be of tertiary importance to the modern Christian and turn it into a rant about Biblical literalists, I’ll end with this.

If you’re a Biblical literalist, you’d better be reading that thing in Classical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. If you’re reading it in English, you’re not really a Biblical literalist.