Faith Displayed As Science: The Role of the "Creation Museum" in the Modern American Creationist Movement

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Julie A. Duncan, 2009 - 290 pages
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Great stuff. I don't know how this girl managed to go through all these museums and talk to all those people without wanting to cry for our country's future. Then again maybe she just left that less professional part out of her thesis lol.

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This thesis is one of the few resources currently available about creationist museums in the U.S., and it's very informative and well written. The author does an excellent job of explaining how these museums fit into the larger American creationist movement. A chapter is dedicated to each of the four museums, and the descriptions and analyses of the displays help you understand what the museums are like without having to travel there (or pay entrance fees) yourself. The thesis won a Hoopes Prize from Harvard and was advised by Janet Browne, a noted Darwin scholar. For those without time to read the whole thesis, the author also wrote an article on this topic for the National Center for Science Education. You can find it at: I also suggest that anyone interested in this topic check out books by Ronald L. Numbers, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter Bowler's books are also pretty good for those new to the topic. 

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