We've been talking for the past few days about a controversial new museum here in Kentucky. The Creation Museum in Boone County has some Christians celebrating but scientists scowling. It presents the history of the world from a literal biblical perspective.
There is a popular sci-fi fantasy movie of the late 1960s, where humans battled dinosaurs on prehistoric Earth. A new museum doesn't believe the story is fiction or fantasy but a biblical fact, which is now on display at the newly opened Creation Museum.
"We believe dinosaurs and people lived at the same time, and that's what the Bible will teach because all land animals were made on the same day as Adam and Eve were made," said Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum.
The religious debate taking center stage at a recent Republican debate where three presidential candidates took a stand against evolution.
Surely any number of scientists would debate the theory behind these exhibits, which show dinosaurs living side by side with humans, but at the Creation Museum the Bible's account is taken word for word. The Earth and all its inhabitants were created in six days, a much different account of what you'll hear at a Natural History Museum.
"There's no question in my mind that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, long before humans," said Mike Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History.
But Ham said if Christians don't take the Bible literally, they undermine its message, so he is confronting the theory of evolution head-on.
"The purpose of the museum is really to give people information that's currently being censored from public schools from the secular universities, information they don't hear about, that actually shows that evolution is not fact," Ham said.
Demonstrators who disagree with the museum's message protested outside the opening today.
"They do not want children even hearing the possibility that evolution has problems or that it could be wrong. They don't even want them to hear that; they don't want them to hear the other side," Ham said.
And if that means believing there were dinosaurs on Noah's Ark, then so be it.
To learn more about the museum go to their website www.creationmuseum.org.