Creating the Creation Museum

Throughout Creating the Creation Museum, I argue AiG's success is about a distinction between accuracy and plausibility. Rather than making claims to the accuracy of knowledge, AiG's focus is to provide enough evidence to make its ...

Author: Kathleen C. Oberlin

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479861811

Category: Social Science

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Investigates how the Christian fundamentalist movement brings Creationism into the mainstream through a Kentucky museum In Creating the Creation Museum, Kathleen C. Oberlin shows us how the largest Creationist organization, Answers in Genesis (AiG), built a museum—which has had over three million visitors—to make its movement mainstream. She takes us behind the scenes, vividly bringing the museum to life by detailing its infamous exhibits on human fossils, dinosaur remains, and more. Drawing on over three years of research at the Creation Museum, where she was granted rare access to AiG’s leadership, Oberlin examines how the museum convincingly reframes scientific facts, such as modeling itself on traditional natural history museums. Through a unique historical dataset of over 1,000 internal documents from creationist organizations and an analysis of media coverage, Creating the Creation Museum shows how the museum works as a site of social movement activity and a place to contest the secular mainstream. Oberlin ultimately argues that the Creation Museum has real-world consequences in today’s polarized era.

Creating the Creation Museum

Through a unique historical dataset of over 1,000 internal documents from creationist organizations and an analysis of media coverage, Creating the Creation Museum shows how the museum works as a site of social movement activity and a place ...

Author: Kathleen C. Oberlin

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479881642

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Investigates how the Christian fundamentalist movement brings Creationism into the mainstream through a Kentucky museum In Creating the Creation Museum, Kathleen C. Oberlin shows us how the largest Creationist organization, Answers in Genesis (AiG), built a museum—which has had over three million visitors—to make its movement mainstream. She takes us behind the scenes, vividly bringing the museum to life by detailing its infamous exhibits on human fossils, dinosaur remains, and more. Drawing on over three years of research at the Creation Museum, where she was granted rare access to AiG’s leadership, Oberlin examines how the museum convincingly reframes scientific facts, such as modeling itself on traditional natural history museums. Through a unique historical dataset of over 1,000 internal documents from creationist organizations and an analysis of media coverage, Creating the Creation Museum shows how the museum works as a site of social movement activity and a place to contest the secular mainstream. Oberlin ultimately argues that the Creation Museum has real-world consequences in today’s polarized era.

Storytelling the Bible at the Creation Museum Ark Encounter and Museum of the Bible

This work is not solely about Creation Museum and Ark Encounter patrons, however. ... biblical periods that both creates and taps into a hiraeth for the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter visitor creating an imagined biblical home and an ...

Author: Paul Thomas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567694164

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Paul Thomas chronicles a multi-level reception study of the Bible at both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, USA. Thomas explores the commercial presentation of biblical narratives and the reception of those narratives by the patrons of each attraction, focusing upon three topics; what do young Creationists believe, how they interpret their beliefs from the Bible, and what is the user experience at the museums? The volume begins by explaining how Answers in Genesis (AiG) use Bible passages to support young-Earth creationist arguments, allowing for the chance to consider the Bible via physical means. Thomas then examines how the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter visitors receive the Bible (as presented by AiG) and how this presentation informs visitors' understanding of the text, exploring concepts such as the most prominent displays of the two attractions, the larger context of museums and theme parks and the case studies of the Methuselah display and The Noah Interview. He concludes with the summary of the user experience generated by the attractions, analyzing the degree to which patrons accept, negotiate, or resist the interpretation of the Bible offered by AiG.

The Building of the Ark Encounter

looked elsewhere and eventually obtained 800 acres on Interstate 75 at exit 154 Williamstown, Kentucky, (south of Cincinnati) for the Ark Encounter project (about 40 miles from the museum). lthough my interest in Genesis and creation/ ...

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Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781614585466

Category: Travel

Page: 96

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See the vision of this full-sized, all-wood ark come together, dream by beam Located in Williamstown, Kentucky, the Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction. In an entertaining, educational, and immersive way, it presents a number of historical events centered on the Ark and the Flood as presented in the Book of Genesis. View the skills and techniques of the Amish craftsmen primarily responsible for the timber construction of this amazing structure Discover the construction details of the largest timber-framed building in the world: 510 feet long; 85 feet wide; 51 feet high based on the Bible’s dimensions (300 cubits long; 50 cubits wide; 30 cubits high) and using the Hebrew long cubit of 20.4 inches Learn fascinating facts that include how the 3.3 million board feet of wood used could be laid out from Kentucky to Philadelphia, over 600 miles! The project is an engineering masterpiece gathering some of the most skilled craftsman and contractors in the country. It presents the world with a reminder of the Bible’s account of the Ark. Here are the details of how it all came together!

Storytelling the Bible at the Creation Museum Ark Encounter and Museum of the Bible

The volume begins by explaining how Answers in Genesis (AiG) use Bible passages to support young-Earth creationist arguments, allowing for the chance to consider the Bible via physical means.

Author: Paul Thomas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567687142

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Paul Thomas chronicles a multi-level reception study of the Bible at both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, USA. Thomas explores the commercial presentation of biblical narratives and the reception of those narratives by the patrons of each attraction, focusing upon three topics; what do young Creationists believe, how they interpret their beliefs from the Bible, and what is the user experience at the museums? The volume begins by explaining how Answers in Genesis (AiG) use Bible passages to support young-Earth creationist arguments, allowing for the chance to consider the Bible via physical means. Thomas then examines how the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter visitors receive the Bible (as presented by AiG) and how this presentation informs visitors' understanding of the text, exploring concepts such as the most prominent displays of the two attractions, the larger context of museums and theme parks and the case studies of the Methuselah display and The Noah Interview. He concludes with the summary of the user experience generated by the attractions, analyzing the degree to which patrons accept, negotiate, or resist the interpretation of the Bible offered by AiG.

The Complete Creation Museum Adventure

The second book in the best-selling Complete Adventure series is designed by the creative folks at Answers in Genesis.

Author: Ken Ham

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 0890515387

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 157

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The second book in the best-selling Complete Adventure series is designed by the creative folks at Answers in Genesis. This unique "field trip in a book" focuses on the exciting new Creation Museum just 7 miles west of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Visitors explore dinosaur exhibits, video theaters, a petting zoo, a state-of-the-art planetarium and much more.

Journey Through the Creation Museum

Relive the awe-inspiring experience of touring the Creation Museum. Filled with beautiful photography capturing dozens of spectacular exhibits and vibrant gardens, this book will surely be read time and time again.

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Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781614586630

Category: Travel

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Relive the awe-inspiring experience of touring the Creation Museum. Filled with beautiful photography capturing dozens of spectacular exhibits and vibrant gardens, this book will surely be read time and time again. For those who have never visited this world-class facility dedicated to upholding the authority of Scripture from the very first verse, you can now enjoy the next-best-thing to a visit and see why millions of people consider the Creation Museum a must-see destination. Discover the true history of our world, beginning with Genesis, and learn how sin has destroyed God’s perfect creation. Marvel at God’s incredible creatures, and find out how the Bible makes sense of what we observe. Walk through the Seven C’s of History, beginning with the first Adam and culminating with the Last Adam, Jesus Christ. While skeptics often treat the Bible as a book of primeval myths, Scripture explains our universe’s real history. The Creation Museum shows guests how the scientific evidence from various disciplines is consistent with the Genesis teaching about Creation and the Flood while the secular view of billions of years and evolution are frequently contradicted by observational science. The Creation Museum stands as a testimony to the accuracy and authority of God’s Word. Prepare to believe as you embark on this journey through the Creation Museum.

An Analysis of the Creation Museum

Chapter IV applies Norman Fairclough's theory of Critical Language Study (CLS) to the various structures that project an authoritative form of discourse at the CM. Chapter V uses theories put forth by Mark C. Taylor to explain how ...

Author: Steven Mark Watkins

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ISBN: OCLC:926968608

Category: Evolution

Page: 306

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This dissertation analyzes the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky with respect to hermeneutic, linguistic, and information theories. The popularity of the CM, with an excess of 1.6 million visitors to date and future plans to build a one-hundred million dollar theme park, raises concerns among religious and non-religious people. The CM has drawn the attention of all the major news networks and has been reported on extensively in print media. The number of visitors and money raised by the CM dwarfs other museums in the area with large federal endowments. This dissertation draws the interest of popular educated audiences as well as scholars. The dissertation is divided into five main chapters. Chapter I surveys the relevant literature on creationism in the United States. Chapter II defines the use of three theoretical fields-hermeneutics, linguistics, and information theory-to analyze the operational logic of the CM. Chapter III uses aspects of Hans-Georg Gadamer's ideas of interpretive horizons to demonstrate how the CM justifies a selective and literal interpretation of Genesis 1. Chapter IV applies Norman Fairclough's theory of Critical Language Study (CLS) to the various structures that project an authoritative form of discourse at the CM. Chapter V uses theories put forth by Mark C. Taylor to explain how information is processed in terms of screening-a phenomenon that seeks to reify an ancient myth. Taylor's definition of religion as a complex adaptive network also illustrates why science is such a threat to the CM and why efforts are made to redefine science. The primary sources of evidence used include museum exhibits, literature published by the CM, videos, and ethnographic interviews. The interviews are semi-structured and allow for clarification and elaboration. The central conclusion is that the CM is a fundamentalist organization that rigorously maintains biblical inerrancy as an interpretive principle. Moreover, it employs a closed hermeneutic approach that I have identified as "concordism." Authority is established through a discursive use of academic frames (contexts) and scripts (individual roles). The CM also displays certain features of complex adaptive networks as it reacts to a wider set of epistemological domains.

Circulars of Information of the Bureau of Education

Austria , which on the close of the Exhibition of 1873 , had imitated England by creating the Imperial Museum of ... We do not need so many examples to show our country the possibility and the usefulness of a creation which has been so ...

Author: United States. Office of Education

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ISBN: UIUC:30112054216434

Category: Education

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Ark Encounter

"Opened in July 2016, Ark Encounter is a creationist theme park in Kentucky.

Author: James S. Bielo

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479843244

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Behind the scenes at a creationist theme park with a mission to convert visitors through entertainment Opened to the public in July 2016, Ark Encounter is a creationist theme park in Kentucky. The park features an all-timber re-creation of Noah's ark, built full scale to creationist specifications drawn from the text of Genesis, as well as exhibits that imagine the Bible’s account of life before the flood. More than merely religious spectacle, Ark Encounter offers important insights about the relationship between religion and entertainment, religious publicity and creativity, and fundamentalist Christian claims to the public sphere. James S. Bielo examines these themes, drawing on his unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the Ark Encounter creative team during the initial design of the park. This unique anthropological perspective shows creationists outside church contexts, and reveals their extraordinary effort to materialize a controversial worldview for the general public. Taking readers from inside the park’s planning rooms to other fundamentalist projects and diverse Christian tourist attractions, Bielo illuminates how creationist cultural producers seek to reach both their constituents and the larger culture. The “making of” this creationist theme park, Bielo argues, allows us to understand how fundamentalist culture is produced, and how entertainment and creative labor are used to legitimize creationism. Through intriguing and surprising observations, Ark Encounter challenges readers to engage with the power of entertainment and to seriously grapple with creationist ambitions for authority. For believers and non-believers alike, this book is an invaluable glimpse into the complicated web of religious entertainment and cultural production.