Robert Bush 6:31 p.m., May 18
Film Fights Teaching of Creationism in Science Classes
A new film that “examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists” has struck a nerve with some Christians, once again pitting the theories of evolution and creationism against one another.
No Dinosaurs in Heaven is a project by director/science educator Greta Schiller follows Dr. Eugenie Scott as she leads a group that travels by raft through the Grand Canyon, using the landmark as a means of juxtaposing the divergent scientific and religious beliefs on the origins of the earth and its inhabitants.
“The film exposes the tactics used by Christian fundamentalists to undermine the separation of church and state, argues why science education is crucial in a healthy democracy, and documents the ongoing struggle to keep pseudo-science out of the science classroom,” according to the film’s website.
The Christian Post, however, sees things a bit differently. In an article on the film, it quotes R. Albert Mohler, Jr., who calls evolution “the great intellectual rival to Christianity in the Western world,” and “the creation myth of the secular elites.” The site notes a 2010 Gallup poll which indicates 40% of Americans believe that God created humanity about 10,000 years ago.
Locally, Santee's Creation and Earth History Museum, which has recently drawn fire from atheists and agnostics, features exhibits supportive of creationist theory and exhibits that suggest the existence of dinosaurs does not rebuke their beliefs.
Photo: Christian Post/Alex Murashko