I WISH to express my dismay at the inclusion of a creationist exhibit at the new Giant’s Causeway visitors centre.
The idea that the earth is only 6,000 years old is a fringe view held by a small minority of Christians and, as an Anglican, not one I support.
The language used by the Caleb Foundation is telling and deliberately misleading.
Talking of the “legitimacy of the creationist position” and the “ongoing debate” suggests to the public that there really is a debate regarding the age of the earth and the stones being thousands or millions of years old.
The reality is that the creationist view is as valid as suggesting the stones were constructed by aliens or by leprechauns with magic hammers.
Why? Because there is no evidence whatsoever to support any of these views. That is how we discern nonsense from reality.
If there is a legitimate alternative, let’s hear the evidence for it.
The evidence that the earth is millions of years old, however, is overwhelming and covers many fields of science, from geology to astronomy.
One only has to look at pictures of the Hubble Space Telescope deep field to see distant galaxies whose light has taken millions of years to reach us.
The National Trust, in pandering to these views in a misguided attempt at inclusivity, has demeaned the site and the centre in the worst possible way.
Expect to see ‘Aliens built Stonehenge, the guided tour’ next month.