Being Fruitful and Multiplying: Creation Museums as Symbolic Spaces
Posted on January 9, 2018 by Chester Ronning Centre
Join us on Wed Feb 21 at 12:30 pm in the Roger Epp Room for a dialogue with Dr. Jim Linville. This presentation offers an illustrated, whirlwind tour of some of North America’s Creation Museum facilities. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free & open to the public.
On Wed Feb 21, from 12:30-2 pm, join us in the Roger Epp Conference Room for Being Fruitful and Multiplying: Creation Museums as Symbolic Spaces, a dialogue with Dr. Jim Linville. This event is free to attend and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Light refreshments will be served.
North America is home to over 30 Christian “Creation Museums” and creationist science centers, with five in Canada. These range in size from rooms in church basements to multi-million-dollar life size models of Noah’s Ark. Even larger ones are in the fund-raising stages. While Young Earth Creationism’s debate with secular science is well publicized, the museum and creation science phenomenon is about more than simply refuting “Darwinism”. This presentation offers an illustrated, whirlwind tour of some these facilities and argues that behind the unified front against the secular world, the diversity of venues reveal complex symbolic spaces in which personal and cultural identities are articulated.
Dr. Linville is native Albertan and finished his BA in Religious Studies at the University of Alberta in 1993. In 1998 he received a PhD in Hebrew and Old Testament from the University of Edinburgh and since 2002 has been teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Lethbridge.
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