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Creating the Creation Museum: How Fundamentalist Beliefs Come to Life

Kathleen C. Oberlin


The typical story about creationist social movements centers on battles in the classroom or in the courtroom—like the Scopes Trial in 1925. But there is a new setting: a museum. “Prepare to Believe” is the slogan that greets visitors throughout the Creation Museum located in Petersburg, Kentucky. It carries the message that the organization Answers in Genesis (AiG) uses to welcome fellow believers as well as skeptics since opening in 2007. The Creation Museum seeks to persuade visitors that if one views both the Bible (a close, literal reading) and nature (observational, real world data) as so ... More

Keywords: creationist, museum, plausibility politics, public perception, Creation Museum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479881642
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479881642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen C. Oberlin, author