Southern Adventist University had a desire to take the lead role in helping educate people on the scientific evidence behind creation. This daunting task has begun, of all places, in their very own hallways. The grand opening of the Origins Exhibit will take place in the school’s Hickman Science Center on April 15 from 5-7:00 p.m. and the public is invited.
The exhibit is the culmination of more than four years of planning and represents part of a three-stage project. The first phase was to hire professors who had origins expertise. The second phase was to find a way to provide origins education for the student body outside of classes. But even with a great plan in mind, faculty and staff were limited by a lack of available space to implement the ideas. Their solution? Use the hallways themselves as an exhibit space; a self-guided walking tour that would be available to both students and the community.
With that problem solved, Biology Department chair Keith Snyder moved forward. He wrote 20 prominent scientists in the origins field and asked them what they felt was the strongest evidence supporting short-term creation. Snyder wove their responses into narrative that, along with art director Ron Hight’s guidance, brings the information to life. The exhibit features more than 25 displays, providing information on three areas: the cell, the geologic column, and intelligent design.
“We wanted the finished product to be professional, but not overpowering,” Snyder said. “Our goal is not to tell people that their beliefs are wrong, but to provide scientific evidence that substantiates the Bible’s account of creation.”
The $300,000 project is funded completely by anonymous donors, and Christopher Carey, vice president for Advancement, describes those financially supporting the project as a small, but extremely dedicated group. The third and final phase of the project will be to one day expand the exhibit into an institute that provides information for all who are looking to learn about the short-term creation worldview.
For more information about the exhibit, call 423.236.2926.