Skeptic News: National Trust bows to Creationists

20120704-221002.jpgAn exhibit in the National Trust Giants Causeway visitors centre displays the creationist view of how the causeway was made.

Working alongside the Evangelical Christian Caleb Foundation the centre added a caveat to an audio visual display explaining the role the rocks played in the dating of the Earth.

The Chairman of the Caleb Foundation, Wallace Thompson, was pleased that the Creationist side was represented. He also stated that it added legitimacy to the creationist viewpoint and hopes that it will set a precedent for other National Trust sites.

The UNESCO world heritage sites rock formations are somewhere between 50 to 60 million years old. A fact which poses a problem for creationist belief as some creationists believe the Earth is a mere 6,000 years old.

It is not reported whether or not the giant building theory is included in the display alongside the geological science.

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0 Responses to Skeptic News: National Trust bows to Creationists

  1. Batshit crazy. I quote from http://www.calebfoundation.org/

    “As an umbrella organisation which represents the interests of mainstream evangelical Christians in Northern Ireland,we have worked closely with the National Trust over many months with a view to ensuring that the new Causeway Visitor Centre includes an acknowledgement both of the legitimacy of the creationist position on the origins of the unique Causeway stones and of the ongoing debate around this. We are pleased that the National Trust worked positively with us and that this has now been included at the new Visitor Centre.

    We fully accept the Trust’s commitment to its position on how the Causeway was formed, but this new centre both respects and acknowledges an alternative viewpoint and the continuing debate, and that means it will be a welcoming and enriching experience for all who visit.”

    Not mainstream; batshit crazy. Does anyone have the text of the “acknowledgement both of the legitimacy of the creationist position on the origins of the unique Causeway stones and of the ongoing debate around this”?

  2. Mark Lewney says:

    Actually, that could be done rather nicely:

    Irish legend has it that Finn McCool blah de blah …
    Creationists believe that Noah’s Flood caused the Earth’s rock to blah de blah …
    Mainstream science, however, dates the rock to 60 million years by the well established process of blah etc …

  3. Terry says:

    Who in the National Trust made the decision? Who can we complain to?

  4. In order to complain effectively, we need to know exactly what is being said. The Caleb Foundation will of course be making as much as possible about this.

    It matters greatly, IMO, whether they simply state that creationists think believe it to be younger (bad enough), or whether they give a specific “creation science” explanation that is plainly at odds with the geology, far worse. AFAIK, the “creation science” explanation is that there were underwater eruptions at the same time as Noah’s Flood, and that this is indicated in the words “all the fountains of the great deep broken up” (Genesis 7:11). If this is being put forward, then not only is it impossible geology (submarine eruptions give pillow lava, not column basalt) but it’s garbage exegesis, bad religion, and they should be pursued on biblical-theological grounds as well.

  5. The National Trust have embarrassed themselves with this ill-advised decision.
    Respecting another’s right to believe in an omnipotent creator is one thing, but to humour their ignorant and ridiculous denial of scientific fact is folly indeed.

  6. Well now we know;

    http://bcseweb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/national-trust-and-creationism.html

    It seems the initial stories were based on the creationists claims and surprise, surprise, they were lying.

    I’m content to have them lumped in with the mythical giants.

  7. I fully agree with psiloiordinary. A visit to the NT web site is enough to show that the real geology is presented up front, no ifs and buts, as simple fact (as it obviously should be), and that the cretins get a lower billing than the giants. Also, a nice touch; the 6,000 year old earth is described as based on “a specific interpretation” of the Bible, and there is no reference to the ludicrous creoscience claims to “explain” the causeway in cretin-friendly terms.

    The blogspot he mentions deserves a wide audience (and no, I didn’t help write it!), because of the way it really tears into the Caleb Foundation for their outright misrepresentation of what has happened.

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