Posted on December 12, 2014 at 11:45 am by Dr. Jim
Posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:01 am by Dr. Jim
I’m sitting in the San Diego Airport heading home from a very good time at the AAR/SBL, even if a lot of it was taken up by writing my damn papers. Both went OK so I’m pleased. I did take in a GREAT session on Mythmaking at Christian Tourist Attractions. Lots of food for thought for my creationist research project. It was great to spend some time with Francis Landy, and I had a very good Indian meal with Anne Moore. Rebecca Raphael had a nice chat with Claudia Camp about a book. I also appreciated the meeting with Steve Wiggins who works for Oxford UP and blogs at Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. And speaking of bloggers, James McGrath was in fine form with a great paper in the Metacritizing Biblical Scholarship, and the blogging session and panel in which I was involved (James presided) was also really good, and I finally met a few more bloggers in person. Had a nice chat with Michael Kok and Willi Braun. Christopher Rollston talked about some of the behind the scenes academic freedom atrocities perpetrated by his former employer, Emmanuelle Christian college. He was told to resign or be fired for writing a Huffington Post article about how the disenfranchisement of women is an embarrassing biblical principle not enough Christians are wiling to admit. He said he NEVER had to sign a faith statement. The faculty handbook reproduced word for word the entire AAUP statement on academic freedom. Prof. Rollston had tenure. The president and a colleague get pissed that he wrote something in a secular press, not even identifying his connection to the college, a donor threatens to pull out money and he is no longer welcome.
I didn’t end up spending too much money in the book exhibits. I got four or five volumes this time, most of which deal with modern atheism and fundamentalism. I did see one volume of great interest:
This is the brand new, second edition of World Religions: A Guide to the Essentials, (Baker) by my colleagues, Hillary Rodrigues and Tom Robinson, with some chapters contributed by the rest of us in the department. I did the chapter on ancient religions. Buy this book. For a textbook, it is not very expensive. It’s nice to see it in print!
I’ll post some more later. Gotta run!
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Dr. Jim
This panel theorizes four present-day Christian tourist attractions as sites of ongoing social and mythic formation: The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY, Bible Walk in Mansfield, OH, and the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL. Working from Bruce Lincoln’s observation that “myth is ideology in narrative form,” the papers examine various strategies by which Christian tourist attractions enable visitors to interact directly within mythic configurations. This direct interaction functions as a type of pilgrimage, whereby visitors locate themselves within a mythic trajectory that begins with the creation of the world and points toward an eternity with (or, perhaps, without) Christ.
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 9:14 am by Dr. Jim
Posted on November 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm by Dr. Jim
Posted on November 10, 2014 at 11:16 am by Dr. Jim
WOOT! I got word last week that my Study Leave application has been accepted, and barring last minute WTFery from the board of governors, I will have 12 months (starting July 2015) to get creative! Counting summer breaks, that’s about 16 months with no classes and no darn committee meetings! Horray!
I’m trying to finish a grant proposal. It is an internal U. of Lethbridge grant, ca. $23,000 over two years. Most of it will be spent on travel to as many of the creationist museums et. al. as I can make it to and some creationist conferences. I also want to spend some time at the National Center for Science Education Library in Oakland. They apparently have a lot of rare publications and so forth. The deadline is next week.
Posted on October 27, 2014 at 7:40 am by Dr. Jim
CREATON MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL has a list of some upcoming Creationist Events in Alberta, so the interested might want to go see. For more details and talks elsewhere in Canada, go to their website http://creation.com/calendar.
Evolution, What Are The Facts? Speaker: Calvin Smith
Thursday, Oct. 30 7:00 PM
Foothills Lutheran Church
3104—34th Ave NW, Calgary
Q & A Forum: Answers by the Book. Speaker: Dr. Jim Mason
Friday, Nov. 28 7:00 PM
Mirror Alliance Church
5011 50th Ave, Mirror, AB
Speaker: Dr. Jim Mason
Saturday, Nov. 29
9:30: Origins by the Book
11:00: How to Survive as a Creationist in an Evolutionistic World
12:45: What About Dinosaurs?
1:45: Questions and Answers
Blackfalds Community Fellowship
5005 East Railway St, Blackfalds
Posted on October 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Dr. Jim
I’m trying to catalogue as many Creationist Museums and the like (both big and small) as possible as a part of my new research project (see here). I’ve got a few dozen or so, but if you know of anymore please send me a note or add a comment! I will also be making a list of creationist organizations, but that is a much longer list.
I’ve tried to weed out the ones that don’t seem to be an on-going concern. There are a lot of dead webpages out there, and some of the smaller organizations may have a museum open but don’t have much of a web presence or a very out of date website. I haven’t contacted any of the organizers at this point. I’d be grateful for any additions or corrections!
Big Valley Creation Science Museum
Big Valley, AB
Creation Discovery Centre
Bow Island AB
Creation Truth Ministries (Secrets of Creation Travelling Museum)
Red Deer, AB
Museum of Creation (C.A.R.E. Ministries)
New Life Sanctuary Church
618 Muriel St
Winnipeg MB R2Y 0Y2
Creation Science Museum of Canada (travelling museum)
Creation Ministries of Ian Juby
110 Kings Road
Chalk River, ON
Creation Research Museum of Ontario
Goodwood Baptist Church
283 Highway 47 Goodwood Ont.
Canyon Ministries (Grand Canyon creation tours)
PO Box 50571
12921 Pine Rock Ln, Parks, AZ 86018
Parks, AZ 86018
Creation, Evolution, and Science Ministries (Grand Canyon creation tours)
Creation Research of the North Coast Museum (In Planning Stages)
Creation Research of the North Coast,
PO BOX 771,
Bayside, CA 95524
19635 Green Mountain Dr.
Newhall, CA 91321-2147
Dino Creation Museum, Center for Natural Studies
6151 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacremento, CA.
Creation and Earth History Museum* Light and Life Foundation
World’s Biggest Dinosaurs*
A Key Encounter! Nature Theatre and Planetarium
Key West, FL.
Creation Adventures Museum
Creation Discovery Museum
Creation Studies Institute
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Crystal River, FL
Creation Today (& The Creation Store)
5800 North W. Street
Pensacola FL 32505
Camp Sunrise Museum
1427 Slate Mine Rd., S.E.
Fairmount, GA 30139-2835
Northwest Science Museum
NWSM Vision Center
1831 Wildwood St.
Boise ID. 83713
Ark Encounter (under construction)
Answers in Genesis
God’s Ark of Safety Ministry
18606 Cherry Lane
PO Box 52
Frostburg, MD 21532
Church/Conference centre built as replica of Ark
Creation Museum of the Ozarks
112 Pine St.
Strafford, MO. 65757
Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum
Foundation Advancing Creation Truth
PO Box 684
Glendive MT 59330-0684
Boneyard Creation Museum
1709 S E Street
Broken Bow, NE 68822
Creation Science Hall of Fame (Online, planning physical structure)
P.O. Box 82
Tranquility, NJ 07879
Exploration Science Center
Tri-State Family Christian Center Building
100 Faith Court
Rt. 209 in Port Jervis, NY 12771
North Carolina Museum of Creation,
Taxidermy Hall of Fame of North Carolina,
Antique Tool Museum
156 Northwest Broad Street,
Southern Pines, NC
Akron Fossils & Science Center
2080 South Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
Copley, OH 44321
Creation Truth Foundation (& Mobile Museum of Earth History)
PO Box 1435
117 South Main St.
Noble, OK 73068
Bible History Exhibits
Institute for Biblical & Scientific Studies
2424 East Hagert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Grand River Museum
114 10th Street
West Lemmon, SD 57638
Ark Museum and Dinosaur Park Project Creation: A Creation Education Ministry
Wyatt Archeological Museum
2502 Lynnville Hwy
Cornerstone, TN 37047
Creation Evidence Museum
Glen Rose, TX
Mt. Blanko Fossil Museum
PO Box 550
124 W. Main
Crosbyton, TX 79322
Creation Hall Museum
Centre for Creation Studies, Liberty University
1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, VA 24515
Seven Wonders Museum
What’s the Evidence? (Travelling exhibits)
Wisconsin Fair Booth
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1PG
Ultimate Questions Creation Trailer (travelling displays)
Creationist Out Reach Ministries
3313 CR Dordrecht
Land Of Genesis Theme Park (Projected)
Molkereistrasse 1, CH-8645 Jona
Jurrasic Ark: Outdoor Creation Museum
(Creation Research: Worldwide Creation Research Team).
33 Pak Yan Road
Ma Wan, New Territories,
Creation Museum of Aotearoa/New Zealand (defunct?)
2 Truby King Drive, Waikouaiti 9471,
Otago, New Zealand
(defunct? Link www.creation-museum.org.nz does not work.
Posted on October 25, 2014 at 8:11 am by Dr. Jim
It’s me again.
YES! IT’S A BLOG POST!
Finally. I’m going to start blogging again! I’m starting a whole new research project and at the moment I’m waiting to hear if I get a year long study leave starting in July 2015 and I’m trying to write a sensible grant proposal for fund to travel in aid of the project.
It is a MAJOR change in direction for me but I’m pretty excited about it. I don’t think I’m really retiring entirely from Hebrew Bible Studies but I am putting it on the back burner for a while, or at least shifting from historically and literary oriented studies to the modern use of the Bible.
And what is the project? It doesn’t have a formal name but the working title is:
MYTHMAKING IN THE CREATIONIST CONTROVERSY
The primary focal point of the project is an analysis of modern Christian creationism and some facets of anti-creationism (both secular and religious) as competing processes of mythmaking concerning history, human destiny, foundations of a meaningful life, and identity and power politics.
I’m taking mythology as the narrative expressions of ideology and social and personal identity but instead of concentrating on the stories per se I’m interested in the processes of myth making: the retelling and interpreting old narrative plots and tropes, and generating new narratives. Mythology can be expressed in narrative or poetic form, or alluded to in other kinds of verbal or written communication, or represented in image and sculpture, performing art, or architecture. Creationists do not merely defend biblical stories of creation as valid histories of the universe and life, but actively select, modify, and supplement biblical narratives with additional stories that together comprise a new mythology that creates and validates modern creationist identity group identity, even to the point of claiming that the doctrine of biblical creationism is inseparable from true Christianity. Henry Morris (2000), who did much to shape modern creationism, considered that all ancient religion to have espoused evolutionary thought, against which stood the “truth” of the biblical six-day creation . Creationist myth is not simply the biblical stories, but their shifting adaptations in sermons, casual retellings, children’s stories, or visual displays, often in concert with other biblical and extra-biblical myths. These other myths concern theological” topics such as salvation and eschatology, provide paradigms of prophetic self-understanding and martyrdom, as well as socio-political discourses that span the “religious” vs. “secular” divide. These include Western notions of human progress vs. moral decline, individuality, and the religious foundations of modern states and the persistent legacy of the Bible as a foundational Western document.