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Independent Lens: We Believe in Dinosaurs

Monday, Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. — Witness Creationism and science collide aboard at a museum in rural Kentucky.

Independent Lens: We Believe in Dinosaurs

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We Believe in Dinosaurs explores what happens when religious ideology clashes with mainstream science in modern day America. Called the Ark Encounter, the 510-foot Noah’s Ark experience in rural Williamstown, Kentucky, is located 45 miles south of its sister attraction, the Creation Museum. It has been designed to prove the Bible is scientifically and historically accurate, that evolution is heresy, and that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time.  Shot over the course of four years, filmmakers Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross document the Ark Encounter’s construction from blueprints through opening day, following the efforts of creationists, scientists, atheists, and activists as they draw battle lines over evolution, the age of the Earth, and the separation of church and state.
 
Among those involved in the struggle is Doug, an artisan who leads a team of artists and designers that create lifelike animals for the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter; Dan, a geologist who blows the whistle on the Ark’s discriminatory hiring practices; David, a former creationist who blogs critically about beliefs he once held; and atheist activist Jim Helton, co-founder of Tri-State Freethinkers, who leads a protest rally outside the Ark on opening day.

The Creation Museum and Ark Encounter were built to honor a particular branch of Christian fundamentalism known as “Young Earth creationism.” Young Earth creationism is a belief in the literal interpretation of the Bible that God created the universe 6,000 years ago in six 24-hour days, contending that humans coexisted with dinosaurs, as depicted in the museum.  

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