Museum of creation envisaged

The Winnipeg Sun (Canada), July 6, 2003

Winnipeg could soon be home to a new museum of human history, but don’t expect to see any caveman displays or evolutionary charts there.

John Feakes, founder of a group called CARE Ministries Winnipeg, wants to open a museum of creationism within the next few years to display artifacts that he says support the theory that humans did not evolve from primates, but were put here by God.

“I think human history is a lot more interesting than what the textbooks are teaching,” says Feakes, a 32-year-old Winnipeg aerospace technician. “People are only getting one way to look at things, and we don’t think it’s the best way. What we want to do is say ‘Here’s the data, how would you interpret it?’ We don’t want to brainwash anyone the other way either.”


Feakes founded CARE (which stands for Christian Apologetics Research and Evangelism) after researching creation and evolution theories, and visiting several creation museums in the United States. He wants the group to be a vehicle for education and debate,.

CARE is also planning to open a museum of creationism, likely in St. Boniface, which Feakes wants to model after those he visited in the U.S., such as the famous Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas.

“It’s an interesting idea,” says St. Boniface councillor Dan Vandal. “You have to encourage a wide range of ideas in order to have a creative city.”

The artifacts Feakes hopes to display include casts of human footprints and tools embedded in geological strata that aren’t supposed to contain any signs of human existence.

Chris Meiklejohn, an anthropology professor at the University of Winnipeg, calls artifacts like these “a frank misinterpretation of the evidence.”

“This isn’t science versus religion,” says Meiklejohn. “It’s religion versus religion, because the religion that I grew up in doesn’t buy any of it. You have to remember that the other group who uses Genesis as its support is the Flat Earth Society.”

Feakes, who says he’s no stranger to such dismissals, says he’s simply interested in presenting the artifacts and letting people draw their own conclusions.

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