Thursday, July 13, 2000

Genesis museum's look forming inside and out

Planners will mull possible designs

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — The creation museum that has long been only in the mind's eye of its dreamers will soon materialize on paper.

        Answers in Genesis, the ministry that professes to “defend scripture from the first verse,” plans to meet with architects July 24 to decide from several options what the proposed museum and family discovery center will look like. The evangelical Christian organization has been working to build a creation museum in Boone County since 1996.

        “It's really the first substantial on-paper information that the architects have provided to us,” said Mike Zovath, general manager of the ministry.

        Other ministry officials are gearing up for the group's capital funding campaign, which will kick off early next year.

        First, though, they want to generate $3 million to $4 million in private donations. Mark Looy, the group's spokesman, said the group has already raised about $1 million. The total cost of the museum will be about $10 million.

        While architects are working on plans for the outside, a design exhibit team is working on plans for the museum's inside. It will feature a storyline walk-through depicting the history of the world from a Biblical perspective.

        Mr. Zovath said he hopes to have that finished by the end of July so the ministry can start gathering the exhibits officials want to present.

        “We're discussing now the particular information we want to present,” he said. “Starting with Genesis, chapter one, verse one. What do we want to say about day one, day two, three, four, five, six?”

        The ministry plans to divide the Biblical history into seven sections, or seven “C's”: Creation, the story of how God created the world; Corruption, Adam's sin; Catastrophe, Noah and the flood; Confusion, the Tower of Babel; Christ, the life of Jesus; Cross, Jesus' death and resurrection; and Consummation, the completion of the story.

        The seven C's are the core teachings of Ken Ham, who is the founder and executive director. The organization embraces a literal interpretation of creation and says Genesis is a simple, factual presentation of actual events. For instance, members say the flood described in Genesis was a historic event that God initiated and that killed every living creature on Earth except those in Noah's ark.

        Visitors will likely walk through the chronological history first and then wander into distinct wings that will emphasize certain fields of science, such as astronomy, biology and archaeology.

        In the creation section of the museum there may be DNA and genetics displays as well as dinosaur models.


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