Here’s a new one I hadn’t seen until today:
Northwest Science Museum will present a ―Natural History museum from both Biblical and Naturalistic (evolutionary) points of view. The Museum will display similar exhibits as other well known natural history museums throughout the world. With an evolutionary and Biblical explanation for the exhibits, visitors can then make an informed decision about origins. Providing relevant and current creation science information to the public is what Northwest Science Museum is all about. The Museum will create permanent exhibits that will educate people of all ages about the most exciting emerging creation science in an accessible and interactive manner.
Northwest Science Museum will be located in the Treasure Valley in Idaho. Boise, Idaho‘s state capital and the third largest city in the Northwest, is located within the Treasure Valley. Boise is the gateway to the Pacific Northwest allowing market access to 66 million consumers within a 750 mile radius.
Out of respect to the developers and visionaries, I’ll cover this like any development and will include it in the Development Index.
But I have to say it:
After going through the website and all the materials I’m in no way convinced that they’re really interested in representing both points of view in a truly neutral, unbiased manner. Instead it appears to be a museum designed to convert you. I have no ill feelings whatsoever toward folks who are Christian and deeply involved in their church (or any other organized religion), but this museum seems rather deceptive and designed to take advantage of people (especially kids) under the disguise of “science” and “education.” It seems fundamentally disrespectful not just to science, but to Christianity itself.
If it was a museum totally devoted to fostering understanding of the history, texts, art, etc. that encompass Christianity and Creationism in the United States, I’d say that could be interesting, insightful, and worth visiting. That could even be something I’d donate to.
But that they claim to represent “both sides” (as if there’s only two sides); that they brand it a “science museum” when the building is specifically designed to like Noah’s Ark; that they’re trying to suck kids in with exciting imagery like Woolly Mammoths and Dinosaurs, with the pretty obvious but unspoken goal of converting them is pretty offensive to me.
That’s just my two cents. What do you think?