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Among the CreationistsDispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline$
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Jason Rosenhouse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.001.0001

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Groaning under the Curse

Groaning under the Curse

(p.141) 24 Groaning under the Curse
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author explores the problem of evil after seeing exhibits about Adam and Eve's disobedience during his visit to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Designed and built by the Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum presents the young-Earth view of biblical exegesis and science. Its centerpiece is a labyrinth leading guests through Genesis 1–11. The museum is a thought-provoking enterprise that has much to teach us about modern creationism. Many of the exhibits relate to science in general and to evolution in particular, but the museum is primarily devoted to a particular view of the Bible. The author considers the problem of evil from the point of view of Christianity before turning to a discussion of two fundamental distinctions: the first is between the “logical” and the “evidential” forms of the argument and the second is between “moral evil” and “natural evil.” He also tackles the idea that the sorts of natural laws leading to Darwinian evolution are the only ones that could have fulfilled God's purposes.

Keywords:   evil, Adam and Eve, Creation Museum, Genesis, creationism, science, evolution, Bible, God

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