Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Creationists converge on Boone Co.

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Answers in Genesis of Florence, the Bible-based ministry that's developing a creation museum in Boone County, expects more than 1,000 people to attend its five-day creationist conference, “Creation 2001,” which opens Thursday.

        The free Labor Day-weekend conference provides a chance for participants to hear leading defenders of a literal six-day creation. It begins Thursday and concludes Monday at the Higher Ground Conference Center in West Harrison, Ind.

        The speakers include:

        • Dr. John Baumgardner, an expert on modeling geophysical convection.

        • Dr. David Menton, professor of anatomy at Washington University in St. Louis.

        • Dr. Russ Humphreys, a nuclear physicist and author of Starlight and Time.

        Billed as one of the biggest science conferences in the history of the creationist movement, it will feature more than 670 scientists, engineers, lawyers and lay people from seven countries, organizers say.

        Each evening's program begins at 7:15 p.m. with a concert by recording artist Buddy Davis. The musical performance will be followed by a presentation by scientists and teachers.

        Speakers will share their research on critical issues facing science and Christianity, including plate tectonics and the fossil record.

        Answers in Genesis' Creation Museum and Family Discovery Center, under construction on 47 acres near Hebron, just west of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2002.

        The museum will present what organizers say is the simple, factual account of the history of the world, as described in Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament. Inside will be life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, a DNA exhibit, fossils and interactive exhibits.

       For information on this weekend's conference, call (800) 350-3232 ext. 425, or go online at


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