A group of Boise, Idaho creationists are currently seeking funds to build “The Northwest Science Museum,” which they claim have rocks that prove the Earth is only 6,000 years old. They’re also offering the dubious claim that it will urge visitors to “think critically” about the Earth’s natural history.
And by “think critically,” they mean “agree with us.”
To wit, The Northwest Science Museum features a “faith statement,” you know, like all critically-thinking science museums.
WE BELIEVE in the triune God: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, sufficient for perfection and all good works, and that all of its assertions are historically and scientifically true in the original autographs; this means that the account of origins in Genesis is a factual presentation of actual historical truths.
WE BELIEVE that the final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself.
WE BELIEVE that the doctrines of the Creator and the Creation are foundational to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE that although the scientific aspects of Creation are important in countering the pernicious effects of materialism/evolutionism, they are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Creator, Redeemer and Judge.
WE BELIEVE that a Biblical worldview is an essential foundation for interpretation of scientific facts and is the only worldview that will lead to true advances in our understanding of all aspects of Creation.
WE BELIEVE that the origin of matter and all basic types of living things, including man, came about through direct creative acts of God during the six-day creation week described in Genesis.
WE BELIEVE the biological changes that have occurred since the creation week reflect both the genetic potential of the original kinds and mutational deterioration. These biological changes have occurred only within the created kinds, many of which have been caused by or accompanied by a loss of information encoded in the DNA of each kind.
WE BELIEVE that the great flood described in Genesis, commonly referred to as the Noachian Flood, was an historic event, worldwide in extent and effect.
WE BELIEVE and accept the account of the special creation of Adam and Eve as the first man and woman. Their subsequent fall into sin, by disobedience of God’s direct command, is the basis for our belief in the necessity of a Savior for all mankind.
THEREFORE, WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is our only Savior and that personal faith in Him is necessary for the gift of salvation and that the resultant loving submission to Him and His precepts as Lord of our lives, is a sign of our faith.
No apparent, perceived, or claimed interpretation of evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the Scriptural record.
The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six  consecutive twenty-four  hour days of Creation. Therefore, the earth is a young earth, perhaps about 6000 years old.
The various original life-forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since Creation.
We are opposed to the one-sided presentation of evolutionary views in public schools, colleges, and the news media. One of the basic functions of the Museum is to disseminate the abundance of scientific evidence in support of the Biblical account of creation and young earth history.
Let that sink in for a minute…
Geologist Doug Bennett said that the “first thing” visitors see when they walk up to the very poorly named “Science” “Museum” is “a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark.” In a promotional video for the “Science” “Museum,” Bennett further explains that what’s going to set this “Science” “Museum” apart is that “it will explain both Biblical and naturalistic points of view side-by-side.”
So on one hand, they’re telling the truth. On the other hand, they’re telling a lie. And they’re trying to pretend like both the lie and the truth are equivalents; there’s only one molecular clock, and biologists are more sure of evolution than physicists are the causes of gravity. But never mind that, look at all these pretty displays quoting out of context Bible verses over here.
This way. Visitors can see both views and determine for themselves which theory makes the most sense, and which theory matches the evidence we see in the world around us.
We want to bring that out and say, ‘Ok, people. Let’s make your choice here.’ Don’t just believe because you’re being told that. Think for yourself. Use critical thinking and think, does this make sense? Or is it better to believe what the Bible says — that God created all things.
This isn’t how critical thinking works. Just because something “makes sense” doesn’t automatically make it right, and that’s why I hate the term “common sense.” The way particles interact with one another at the quantum level makes a lot of things, but to someone unschooled in quantum theory and particle physics, sense isn’t one of them.
Stan Lutz, a field paleontologist, adds that their goal was to “present the true science that has been hidden from the public.” Lutz claims that “we have artifacts that even confound the most ardent evolutionists.” Lutz goes on to explain that these artifacts are the so-called “Ica stones,” which, in his mind, proves that humans and dinosaurs interacted, just like The Flintstones.
Lutz claims that the stones are 6,000 years old, and said that if the stones don’t prove that humans and dinosaurs co-existed, “how can they carve them in these stones so intricately?”
To answer Lutz, that’s because the stones are a fake, and carved by Dr. Javier Cabrera. Cabrera admitted to sculpting them himself during a 1977 Nova documentary. That’s creationism in a nutshell right there; it’s 2014 and they’re citing evidence that was disproved in 1977 to back up their ridiculous stories.
And displaying the typical “circle the wagons” mentality Creationists are known for, Lutz dismissed the accusations, insisting that “there are some fake Ica Stones out there…and frauds have been made, doesn’t mean the real ones have been discredited.”
That’s all well and good, but before you can make that claim, you need real ones. And we don’t have any.
In both of the videos, Lutz claims the Northwest “Science” “Museum” contains “genuine” Ica stones, saying in one video:
This stone right here, you can see there’s a man on it riding on a triceratops dinosaur. We have rocks showing at least 14 species of dinosaur that are all accurately drawn.
See, I told you. Just like The Flintstones.