April 10, 2007
Once upon a time…
You know where this is going from the very first sentence:
Thomas Sharp holds science degrees from Purdue University and the University of Oklahoma but believes dinosaurs and humans once walked the Earth together and the world is somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 years old.
The office of the Creation Truth Foundation, founded by Sharp in 1989 and based in a Main Street storefront in Noble, is decorated with fossils and framed Bible verses. Sharp sees no contradic-
tion between the two. A prehistoric petrified shell is showcased next to a plaque in the front room that reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”
… His latest endeavor is opening a museum devoted to debunking the theory of evolution in Dallas. The 20,000-square-foot museum just off of Interstate 35 in Dallas will feature 15-18 first-generation replicas of dinosaur skeletons and exhibits on the Great Flood and the Garden of Eden.
The building that will house the Museum of Earth History in Dallas is already near completion, Sharp said, and he expects the facility to open its doors to the public sometime in 2007. Christ For the Nations Institute, a Christian educational organization based in Dallas, is helping fund the museum’s completion.
… CFT, with its staff of nine, produces Biblical creationist school curricula for Christian schools and home-schoolers with titles like “Putting the Pieces Together,” a two-semester guide for grades 7-12 on science, history, philosophy and political science from a Biblical perspective. The CFT Web site sells children’s books with titles like “Dinosaurs of Eden,” which teaches children that Noah brought Dinosaurs aboard the Ark.
Sharp, a former pastor who holds a doctorate with an emphasis in the philosophy of religion and science from South Florida Bible College and Seminary, has toured the country with a trailer of dinosaur bones and fossils, speaking to churches and other religious groups.
“Creation isn’t a scientific debate, it’s a religious one,” Sharp said.
Got that right, at least.
[Recycled post: I’m traveling. Originally published on December 30th 2006.]
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