Recently, a group of students from Liberty University visited the Smithsonian Institute. David DeWitt who is the
professor who teaches the Advanced Creation studies class takes his students there every year. The Washington Post had a writeup on the trip, and for the first time in my memory, it was a facts-based article.1 The author didn’t inject his personal biases whatever they may be. I can’t tell, which is the way good journalism should occur.
I titled this post Grandma Morgie, because there was a particular part of the article that stood out to me:
At one point, DeWitt called them together under a Nigerian proverb stenciled on a wall. “The Earth goddess fashions the human body just as the potter fashions her pot,” DeWitt read. “So there is some religion here.”
But in the hall of mammals, which reopened in 2003 after a $23 million renovation, evolution assumes center stage, and the Liberty students grew a bit more subdued. They openly admired the well-lighted, meticulously designed dioramas. But they lamented that the texts and videos give no credit at all to a higher power for the wondrous animal variety on display.
Near the end of the “Evolution Trail,” the class showed no signs of being swayed by the polished, enthusiastic presentation of Darwin’s theory. They were surprised, though, by the bronze statue of man’s earliest mammalian ancestor.
“A rat?” exclaimed Amanda Runions, a 21-year-old biochemistry major, when she saw the model of a morganucodon, a rodent-like ancient mammal that curators have dubbed Grandma Morgie. “All this hype for a rat? You’re expecting, like, at least an ape.”
So, now you’ve met your earliest mammal ancestor, and I hope you were as impressed as I was. DeWitt’s observation that there is some religion going on here, was right on. AIG also discussed Grandma Morgie in the past, and they provide some historical perspective on the exhibit.2 Of course as we’ve remarked here previously, the creation of the statue was based on little more than imagination, which is par for the course with many evolutionists.