It was good to read that Mickey Maurer [June 8 Commentary] had a “fun” and “entertaining” time at our Creation Museum (comments we hear all the time), even though he does not subscribe to our world view.
I briefly met Maurer during his visit and made myself available by phone for any follow-up questions concerning our museum’s content. As a scientist (Ph.D., biology, Harvard) on staff, I stand ready to answer the queries of any layperson when it comes to science.
First, I would submit (and to borrow Maurer’s words) “that a scientific understanding of our world” actually confirms the biblical accounts of the creation and the flood, not evolution. Inside our museum, for example, we present the compelling evidence that dinosaurs have lived in recent times, which supports the biblical narrative. Our website is replete with such dinosaur evidences—www.AnswersInGenesis.org.
Also, we do not teach that dinosaurs became extinct during the global flood, as Maurer claimed, but that they existed in the post-flood world a few thousand years ago.
As I shared with Maurer at the museum, I would welcome the opportunity to dialogue further and, for example, point out that carbon dating actually confirms the biblical time scale—and rejects the evolutionary one. If he had followed up with me on my genetics research, he would have discovered that creation scientists actually make testable predictions, and that recent genetic discoveries turn the age of the earth debate on its head.
I trust that Maurer and I will have this pleasant conversation—before millions of years elapse!
Nathaniel Jeanson, research biologist; Creation Museum/Answers in Genesis; Petersburg, Kentucky