CINCINNATI – Leaders of the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky unveiled a new $1.5 million dinosaur exhibit last week which they say ‘will challenge evolutionary theory.’
Since 2007, the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum has displayed exhibits which affirm and illustrate the history of the world from a biblical perspective. According to the museum’s website, the Creation Museum “brings the pages of the Bible to life” with many high-tech exhibits.
In a press release last week, Creation Museum leadership announced the grand opening of a brand new dinosaur exhibit featuring a well-preserved allosaur skeleton. The exhibit, titled “Facing the Allosaurus,” features one of the best-preserved Allosaurus fragilis skulls ever discovered, according to the release.
“Allosaurs, sometimes confused with a T. rex, were large theropod dinosaurs,” the press release explains. “This allosaur, named Ebenezer, is exceptional not only for its almost-complete, three-foot-long skull (including 53 teeth) but because its bones, rather than mixed and scattered, were found together (with many in their articulated position). The creature probably weighed 2.3 tons.”
Ebenezer was donated to the Creation Museum by Michael and Stephen Peroutka of the Peroutka Foundation, who said the exhibit showcases God’s power in creation. During a private dedication of the new dinosaur exhibit on Friday, several Answers in Genesis leaders commented on the skeleton’s importance.
“For decades I’ve walked through many leading secular museums, like the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and have seen their impressive dinosaur skeletons,” Ken Ham, president and founder of the Creation Museum, stated. “But they were used for evolution. Now we have one of that class, and it will help us defend the book of Genesis and expose the scientific problems with evolution.”
Ham said dinosaurs play an important role in the evolution versus creation debate.
“Evolutionists use dinosaurs to reach children more than anything to promote their worldview,” he said. “Our museum uses dinosaurs to help tell their true history according to the Bible.”
Dr. Andrew Snelling, a geologist for Answers in Genesis, shared the history of the historic dinosaur skeleton. He said Ebenezer was discovered in northwestern Colorado, and the skeleton is different from other allosaur skeletons.
“[Ebenezer’s bones] were arranged in their correct anatomical positions relative to each other, rather than in a scattered assortment of bones as is often the case,” Snelling explained. “Also, much of the spine, 97% of the skull, and 53 curved, serrated teeth, up to 4.5 inches in length, were found. Of the 60 Allosaurus specimens found, only a half-dozen have such a complete skull, and it may be one of the two finest allosaur skulls in the world.”
After the unveiling of the Ebenezer exhibit, many evolutionists bashed the Creation Museum via online comment threads, alleging that the biblical creation model is not a valid scientific argument.
“The only thing this Creation Museum exhibit is testimony to is the gullibility and scientific ignorance of its sponsors—and their willful refusal to examine any evidence which contradicts their thesis,” one commenter wrote.
“The Bible should come with a disclaimer saying that it is a work of fiction and not a history book,” another commenter proposed. “This [Ebenezer exhibit] is absolutely ridiculous.”
Nevertheless, many Christian scientists maintain that the biblical account of world history is accurate and correctly makes sense of many scientific discoveries. For example, as previously reported, Canadian scientists last year discovered well-preserved dinosaur skin which purportedly could not survive millions of years, as evolutionists claim.
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