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A new book was recently published—entitled Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden and authored by Brook Wilensky-Lanford.
I read a couple of reviews of this book, and we purchased a copy for our AiG library. The author certainly makes known her disdain for those of us who take God’s Word in Genesis as literal history. As I read many of the statements she made about those who adhere to a six-literal-day creation as the Bible clearly teaches, I thought I was reading one of the typical atheist-type blogs—with all their usual distortions, misinformation, and so on. And there were the usual type of misrepresentations made by our opponents of what is taught through the Creation Museum.
Now, I don’t know if the author is an atheist. But if I were to write a critque of just what is written about the Creation Museum and biblical creationists in this book, I would end up writing a significant book myself.
I thought I would select just a small section of this book to show how inaccurate the author’s research is. This section is so bad, as anyone who has ever visited the Creation Museum will be able to detect, that it makes you realize you shouldn’t trust anything else she says in this book.
I have pasted in statements from chapter 11 in the book, and then put my comments in.
As I drove past the Cincinnati airport into the mountains of northern Kentucky in the fall of 2008, there wasn't much to break the rural scenery, only a few abandoned factory smokestacks and blown-out ghost towns. The museum itself was completely hidden behind a jagged mountain peak, but along the highway, its colorful roadside signage--"Prepare to Believe!"--stood out. (Brook Wilensky-Lanford, Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden [New York, NY: Grove Press, 2011], p. 203.)Comments:
Dinosaurs, the museum stated, had existed, and had died out only a few thousand years ago. Therefore, if the Earth was 6,000 years old, humans and dinosaurs must have coexisted. Every exhibit in the Creation Museum set out to reinforce this idea: in the lobby, a tiny model caveman child stood giggling next to a tiny velociraptor, a benevolent prehistoric pet. (Brook Wilensky-Lanford, Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden [New York, NY: Grove Press, 2011], p. 203.)Comments:
The Creation Museum posited that dinosaurs did make it onto Noah's Ark, and were saved. Later, they turned against each other and most were killed, except a few surviving stragglers, which we know as dragons. (Yes, dragons are real. How else could Saint George slay them?) (Brook Wilensky-Lanford, Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden [New York, NY: Grove Press, 2011], p. 204.)Comments:
When I finally arrived at the museums' Garden of Eden, I thought I'd figure that out . . . . Pushing through thick plastic curtains, I left the main exhibit hall and went into a steamy, climate-controlled garden. It was easy to think I had actually been transported to a tropical paradise. The teeming plant and animal life seemed to come right up against the guardrails and overwhelm the walking path. (Brook Wilensky-Lanford, Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden [New York, NY: Grove Press, 2011], p. 213.)Comments:
If the author really wants to search for information about the location of the Garden of Eden (the premise of her book), she needs to first of all learn how to accurately conduct sound research. I can’t imagine how bad the rest of the book must be!
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