I’ve written about this before, but we’re getting into evolution in my Bio class this week, so the subject is once again on my mind. I thought of a speech I saw Richard Dawkins give on C-Span last year, when a student from Liberty University told him that in their science building was a large display dedicated to the notion that humans lived side-by-side with dinosaurs; Dawkins told her in his blunt British way, “I advise you to quit immediately and attend a proper university.” Here in a nutshell is the difference between legitimate science and creationism — at proper scientific museums you will not find signs like this one out front:
Accompanying the sign at the museum is the following advice, which tells you all you need to know about the scientific rigor of founder Ken Ham:
Don’t Think, Just Listen and Believe.
What an affront to reason and common sense. I found a nearly identical message in the front of a copy of the New Testament left in a shower by a trucker at Pilot. Opening it to the first page, I saw a note to the reader, counseling me on how to get into the proper frame of mind for reading “the Word.” “Don’t question,” it said, “just open yourself up and accept what God’s Word has to say to you.” Encouraging people not to use their brains when encountering their religion must be a common strategy for evangelical Christians. Smart move on their part.