Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 213–235

Scientists at play in a field of the Lord

Article

Abstract

The Answers in Genesis Creation Museum opened in May of 2007. During the opening day, a loosely affiliated group of scientists joined in a Rally for Reason as they termed it to protest the museum’s potential effect on science in the United States. This paper discusses ethnographic data collected before and during the rally. Scientist narratives disclose the rationale for their participation at the rally, unpacking their hopes, fears and social ideals vis-à-vis their perception of the Museum’s impact. With these ideals, I discuss the lacking discourse between the values of ideal of science literacy, the contested authority of museums and their publics, and a lacking conception of how a valuerationality aligned towards the Museum’s message continues to be culturally produced.

Keywords

Science & religion Science as culture Ethnography of science Creationism Museum studies Science literacy Science education policy 

References

  1. Alexakos, K. (2009). Science and creationism: A response to Kenneth Tobin. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 4(2), 495–504.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Answers in Genesis (2003). The anti-musuem. http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/museum/2003/12/15/the-anti-museum/. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  3. Answers in Genesis (2009). First time guest. http://creationmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/who-are-you/first-time-guest/. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  4. Armstrong, K. (2000). The battle for God. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.Google Scholar
  5. Asma, S. T. (2001). Stuffed animals & pickled heads: The culture and evolution of natural history museums. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Bellah, R. N., et al. (1985). Habits of the heart: Individualism and commitment in American life. Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  7. Bennett, T. (1995). The birth of the museum: History, theory, politics. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  8. Bloom, A. D. (1987). The closing of the American mind: How higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today’s students. New York: Simon and Schuster.Google Scholar
  9. Conn, S. (1998). Museums and American intellectual life, 1876–1926. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  10. Dawkins, R. (2008). Against ignorance: science education in the 21st century–A conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. Transcript. Aurora Fourm: Stanford University. http://auroraforum.stanford.edu/files/transcripts/Aurora_Forum_Transcript_Richard_Dawkins_Lawrence_Krauss_03.09.08.pdf. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  11. Dreyfus, H. L. (1991). Being-in-the-world: A commentary on Heidegger’s Being and time, division I. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.Google Scholar
  12. Eglin, P. G. (1984). Creationism vs. evolution: A study of the opinions of Georgia science teachers. Dissertation, Georgia State University, 1983.Google Scholar
  13. Flyvbjerg, B. (2006). Five misunderstandings about case-study research. Qualitative Inquiry, 12(2), 219–245.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Forrest, B., & Gross, P. R. (2004). Creationism’s Trojan horse: The wedge of intelligent design. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  15. Giddens, A. (1998). Conversations with Anthony Giddens: Making sense of modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  16. Gould, S. J. (1993). Dinotopia. The New York Review of Books, 40, 14.Google Scholar
  17. Gould, S. J. (1999). Rocks of ages: Science and religion in the fullness of life. The library of contemporary thought. New York: Ballantine Pub. Group.Google Scholar
  18. Gross, R., & Levitt, N. (1994). Higher superstition: The academic left and its Quarrels with science. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  19. Ham, K. (1987). The Lie; evolution: Genesis, the key to defending your faith. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.Google Scholar
  20. Heil, M. (2007). Not with a big bang, but a whimper. http://members.tripod.com/martha_heil/idupdate/. Retrieved 15 September 2007.
  21. Hitchens, C. (2007). God is not great: How religion poisons everything. New York: Twelve.Google Scholar
  22. Howard, R. W. (1975). The dawnseekers: The first history of American paleontology. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.Google Scholar
  23. Jorstad, S. (2002). An analysis of factors influencing the teaching of evolution and creation by Arizona high school biology teachers. Dissertation, University of Arizona, 2002.Google Scholar
  24. Kenning, C. (2009). Creation Museum’s attendance exceeds expectations. The Louisville Courier-Journal, June 10, 2009.Google Scholar
  25. Kincheloe, J. L., & Tobin, K. (2009). The much exaggerated death of positivism. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 4(3), 513–528.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Kyzer, P. (2004). Three Southern high school biology teacher’s perspectives on teaching evolution: Socio-cultural influences. Dissertation, University of Alabama.Google Scholar
  27. Lareau, A. (2003). Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life. Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  28. Larson, E. J. (1997). Summer for the Gods: The Scopes trial and America’s continuing debate over science and religion. New York: BasicBooks.Google Scholar
  29. Latour, B. (1993). We have never been modern. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  30. Lerner, L. S. (2000). Good science, bad science: Teaching evolution in the states. Washington, DC: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.Google Scholar
  31. Long, D. (2009). Creation ‘Science’ and Orthodox Science: A review of two museums’ Presentations of and Public Interaction with Socially Contested Knowledge. Unpublished manuscript.Google Scholar
  32. Mathiessen, P. (1965). At play in the fields of the Lord. New York: Random House.Google Scholar
  33. Miller, K. R. (1999). Finding Darwin’s God: A scientist’s search for common ground between God and evolution. New York: Cliff Street Books.Google Scholar
  34. Moore, R. (2007). The differing perceptions of teachers & students regarding teachers’ emphasis on evolution in High School Biology classrooms. American Biology Teacher, 69(5), 268–272.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Morris, H. M. (1985). Scientific creationism. El Cajon, Calif: Master Books.Google Scholar
  36. Nagel, T. (1986). The view from nowhere. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  37. Narciso, D. (2008). Mount Vernon teacher’s hearing; Second student tells of burning (p. 03B). Columbus, OH: The Columbus Dispatch.Google Scholar
  38. Numbers, R. L. (2006). The creationists: From scientific creationism to intelligent design. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  39. Nygard, R. C., Border, W. K., & Crosby, D. (1999). Trekkies. Hollywood Calif: Paramount.Google Scholar
  40. Paley, W., Eddy, M. D., & Knight, D. M. (2006). Natural theology or evidence of the existence and attributes of the deity, collected from the appearance of nature. Oxford’s World Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  41. Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative research and evaluation methods. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.Google Scholar
  42. Pennock, R. T. (1999). Tower of Babel: The evidence against the new creationism. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.Google Scholar
  43. Pennock, R. T., & Ruse, M. (2009). But is it science?: The philosophical question in the creation/evolution controversy. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.Google Scholar
  44. Phelps, D. (2007). A trip to the Anti-Museum. Reports of the National Center for Science Education. http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/news/2007/KY/631_a_trip_to_the_antimuseum_7_10_2007.asp. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
  45. Project 2061 (American Association for the Advancement of Science). (1990). Science for all Americans. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  46. Reiss, M. (2010). Science and religion: Implications for science educators. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 5(1). doi:10.1007/s11422-009-9211-8.
  47. Roth, W-M. (2010). Science and religion: What is at stake? Cultural Studies of Science Education, 5(1). doi:10.1007/s11422-009-9234-1.
  48. Rutherford, F. J., & Ahlgren, A. (1990). Science for all Americans. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  49. Strauss, A. L., & Corbin, J. M. (1990). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques. Newbury Park, Calif: Sage Publications.Google Scholar
  50. Tobin, K. (2008). Collaborating during turbulent times. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 3(4), 793–798.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  51. Toumey, C. P. (1996). Conjuring science scientific symbols and cultural meanings in American life. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.Google Scholar
  52. United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (2005). case no. 04cv2688 Judge Jones; Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. plaintiffs v. Dover Area School District, et al., defendants. S.l: s.n. http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller%5F342.pdf. Retrieved 15 June 2007.
  53. Varenne, H. (1986). Symbolizing America. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.Google Scholar
  54. Willis, P. (1981). Learning to labour How working class kids get working class jobs. Aldershot: Gower.Google Scholar
  55. Wuthnow, R. (2009). No contradictions here: science religion and the culture or all reasonable possibilites. In H. W. Attridge & R. L. Numbers (Eds.), The religion and science debate: Why does it continue?. Yale University Press: New Haven.Google Scholar
  56. Yanni, C. (1999). Nature’s museums: Victorian science and the architecture of display. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  57. Zimmerman, M. (1987). The evolution-creation controversy: Opinions of Ohio High School Biology Teachers. Ohio Journal of Science, 87(4), 115–125.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

Personalised recommendations