Thursday, May 24, 2007

Art & Science...together at last

There's a bit in the New York Times about the Creation Museum that's opening in KY.
To summarize the writer (this in the "arts" sections - because it's a museum?) thinks the displays look fabulous but makes no attempt to hide his dismay at people believing in science and the Bible.

One of my favorite lines is, "Evolution gets its continual comeuppance, while biblical revelations are treated as gospel." Silly people, why would anyone treat the bible like the gospel?

What bothers me is that the article, while obviously praising modern science, fails to recognize where it comes from. Here science is treated as the invention of secular humanists, but Ptolemy (who is here compared with creationists) was a Hellenist, and Copernicus the Christian. A good many famous scientists were Christians. They believed that God created things with an order and that therefore we could discover that order and learn how things work.
If they had believed we came about randomly perhaps they would not have bothered (because why should randomness have an order?).

"But given the museum’s unwavering insistence on belief in the literal truth of biblical accounts, it is strange that so much energy is put into demonstrating their scientific coherence with discussions of erosion or interstellar space."

I'm not sure I understand why Mr. Rothstein finds it strange, but I'm forced to assume that he is one of the many who believe that people have faith, not because something has shown itself to be trustworthy (over used ex. - you have faith the chair will hold you, because it always has) but because they dislike rational conversation (I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!)

If you're in doubt, yes, I believe in creationism. And it bugs the snot out of me that people think that this means I can't honestly love science, which I do.

And, I think that if a person is writing for the art section of the Times, they have every right to editorialize, but they should probably stick to the displays - which are a-mazing (thank-you Patrick Marsh!).


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