What do you do when something you've been taught as a religious truth runs into a different truth that is held by nearly all well-educated people in the world?
In several displays, such as the one pictured on the right here, visitors could see references that dated the formation of our solar system to about 4.5 billion years ago.
But wait. Doesn't Christianity teach that Earth itself is only a few thousand years old? And that it was created in six literal days?
Well, one or two branches of Christianity may, indeed, teach such literal foolishness, but the young-earth literalistic position cannot and should not be attributed to Christianity generally.
When religion pretends to teach science, this is the kind of trouble that ensues. Young people encounter current scientific theories and thinking in school and in museums and it jars their faith. But faith, in the end, shouldn't be about the literal truth of metaphorical creation stories. Faith, rather, should be about the creator and our relationship to the creator and the creation.
So if you are a Young Earther with children who have been taught to hold that position, too, you might want to avoid such places as the Museum at Prairiefire. Well, unless you really want to learn something.
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ANOTHER VIEW OF ISLAM
Kevin Eckstrom, the talented editor at Religion News Service, has written this enlightening piece about Islam from Indonesia, focusing on traditional Islam's rejection of Islamist radicals like ISIS. It's a good companion to my own blog post about Islam yesterday.