It’s 2016 and while most of us are perfectly happy to trust that science really does have important (and true) things to teach us – about climate change, the Big Bang, evolution, etc. – there are still a surprising number of people who, for religious reasons, refuse to accept the basic findings of science and insist that the world is only 6000 years old, that human beings lived with dinosaurs, and that evolution is a dangerous lie. And they have a “museum” to spread these views. I visited Kentucky’s Creation Museum to learn more, and in my talk I will share some of what I learned there. I will also put the “museum” into perspective through my work as a liberal Christian theologian.
Dr. Brent Hege teaches religion and philosophy at Butler University in Indianapolis. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and one of the “happy Lutherans,” his teaching and research focuses on contemporary Christian theology, comparative religions, religion and culture, and the problem of evil. In 2010 he won the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, awarded by the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. When he’s not teaching or writing, he can be found singing in his church choir or brewing (and drinking) his own beer.