If you thought the entire idea behind Young Earth Creationism, that philosophy that promotes that the Earth is less than 7 millennia old and man coexisted with the dinosaurs (which aren't given a mention in the Bible), is a little bit flimsy on the factual basis, well, a creationist organization in Idaho now has an answer as to how the dinosaurs not only ran around with humans but also how Noah was able to fit them on his ark. Simply put: Babies. That is, dinosaur babies.
The Idaho Statesman reported June 18 that a group of creationists in Idaho fed up with the way real science is being "censored" throughout the country have decided to open up the Northwest Science Museum, where true scientific fact that follows the teachings of the Bible can be found. The museum will display "true science," complete with alternative explanations of Earth's origins and disputation of other accepted explanations, such as evolution.
"We want to show a lot of science that's being censored and not presented to the public," explained Northwest Science Museum executive director Doug Bennett.
According to Bennett and other creationists, the Earth was constructed by God in six days just over six thousand years ago. It is not the end result of celestial explosions and stardust accretive discs, nor is millions or billions of years old, as "mainstream science" teaches. Creationists also dispute evolution as a viable theory of how life has reached its present state on the planet, giving the credit of all life on Earth to God as its creator.
Skeptics quickly point out that Young Earth Creationism doesn't adequately explain how, if dinosaurs were extant during the time of Noah and Noah, according to biblical passages, placed two of every living creature aboard his ark, where did he house the dinosaurs (considering that many were quite massive and would have taken up not only a lot of room but presumably quite a bit of foodstuffs to survive)?
Raw Story noted that a curator at the museum explained during a tour: "But yet they found a baby diploducus in Argentina — a complete skeleton, 27-inches long. Noah, being the smart man he was … he’s going to bring a baby or young one along that’s gonna live longer, reproduce a lot more.”
So the answer to the dinosaur and human coexistence problem (outside of the carbon dating issues) is that Noah's Ark, along with Noah and his family and the two-by-two representatives of all life forms on Earth (except in the oceans, because, well, you know), housed thousands of baby dinosaurs.
Because Noah was smart -- and apparently the guy writing the Book of Genesis decided that editing out the dinosaurs was the best way to tell the story of God and man...
Scientists contend that nearly all species of large dinosaurs died out during the mass extinction event some 66 million years ago brought on by the impact of the Chixulub Meteor off the Yucatan coast in Central America. Smaller species would eventually evolve into modern reptiles and birds.
Young Earth Creationism got a publicity boost in January when Bill Nye, famed for his children's science program and promotion of science education, debated Ken Ham of the Creationist Museum in Petersburg, Ky. Their debate reached millions via the Internet.
Adding to the dinosaur debate, the same museum, which is operated by Answers in Genesis, put on display a near-complete dinosaur skeleton in May, claiming that the discovery of that particular dinosaur's bones (in Colorado) was proof that dinosaurs was extant at the time of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood of biblical fame. They further claimed that it debunked evolution as a theory.
Ham's museum is currently at work building a replica of Noah's Ark in the Kentucky mountains. It is uncertain if there will be a dinosaur nursery display (the guys in Idaho might have a proprietary claim to their Dinosaur Babies on Noah's Ark Theory).
The organization running the small Northwest Science Museum -- sort of a "starter" museum, housed in a little building in Boise, called the "Vision Center" -- is "just a group of us that have kind of the same idea of promoting true science," Bennett said. He insisted that the organization was not affiliated with any church or religious group. It's a non-profit. The group hopes that through donations and other funding methods, the "Vision Center," which cost about $10,000 to open, will one day grow into a much larger museum.
"We're also looking at grants, scholarships, that sort of thing" for funding, he told the Statesman.
The dream: To move into a 450,000-square-foot building that would house all the current displays, future acquisitions, and a life-size replica of Noah's Ark.
Where there will more than likely be an example of the aforementioned dinosaur nursery. Not to mention plush dinosaur toys for sale...