Creation Tours for CHESS members
We are delighted to be able to offer Virtual Tours of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to our members. These are brought to you in conjunction with the International Association for Creation.
The tours are approached from a recent creation perspective founded on the biblical worldview, that God created the universe and all it contains in six literal days about 6,000 years ago as written in Genesis.
Full Tour Details
We go through the Oceanography Hall where we discuss the Flood and fossils as well as how the catastrophic Flood changed atmospheres dramatically in a very short period of time. Then we look at a few exhibits in the Human Origins Hall where we discuss the fallacies with “Lucy,” the difference between ape and humans skulls, and the problems with artistic license when it comes to putting together skeletons with missing pieces and various other elements of fallacy found within these exhibits. Next, we go through the Biodiversity Hall where we discuss the Garden, the Fall of Man, unique design features in various animals, as well as sin, death, and the Gospel. Lastly, we tour the Dinosaur Exhibit Hall where we discuss how humans and dinosaurs lived together, how dinosaurs survived the Flood, unique design features of specific dinosaurs, how fossils form, a look at the Flood/fossil record of rapid burial and sedimentation, as well as discuss the importance of having a biblical worldview.
In the oceanography exhibit, we view horseshoe crabs and mollusks as we discuss Flood survival, a “Right whale” to talk about design, fossilized seashells as they are found on the tops of mountains, a polar bear and penguin that show adaptation and God’s design, as well as a coelacanth to re-enforce the evidence we have of recent creation. In the human origins exhibit, we view an artistic rendition of what they claim is evolution as well as “Lucy” to think critically why these exhibits do not line up with our biblical worldview plus ape and human skulls, as well as bones that are claimed to prove Neanderthal. In the biodiversity exhibit, we see animals from North America as we talk about carnivores vs. herbivores and the Garden; the rainforest ecosystems of South America where we look at a sloth; the unique creatures of Australia including the koala bear, kangaroo, and platypus; and in the Africa exhibit area we look at the giraffe to finish our discussion on evidence of design that we see in animals then discuss the Gospel. Our last look in the dinosaur hall brings us to Behemoth which we talk about dinosaurs walking with humans and Job 40; the mass extinction exhibit to discuss critical thinking and applying the Bible to everything we see; we look at the T-Rex and Stegasaurus to discuss design; the coal mine to talk about fossil formation; the sediment layers to discuss rapid burial; the fossil lade to talk about worldview and recent discoveries made.
There are also four videos we watch, including one on the six days of creation, one that contains computer graphic animation on what the Flood may have looked like, one on the fallacies with “Lucy,” and the last being on dinosaurs and the Bible.
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