Visitors to the information plaza at Grand Canyon National Park are told how the Colorado River carved the great chasm over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. But nestled among the hiking guides and souvenirs sold at the plaza bookstore is a book that tells a very different story of how the canyon came to be.
A federal review of whether the book -- which asserts that the canyon was created in a matter of days as a result of the same flood that had threatened to sink Noah and his ark -- should be sold at the park has been delayed for months as officials wrestle with the issue of separation of church and state.
"Grand Canyon: A Different View," compiled by Colorado River guide Tom Vail, includes essays by creationists who maintain that the canyon's sedimentary strata were formed by deposits from Noah's flood and that the canyon's age should be based on a biblical rather than an...
"Critics believe the creationist book should not be sold by a shop on government property because it contradicts the park's mission to teach science."
No, it does not contradict this. Quite to the contrary, the proper sciences (not the ones the Bible mentions as "falsely so-called") would do well to see the handywork of a Creator. The very fact sciences have laws (which evolution does not) proves this. Somehow it just all works and functions....because someone before us knew all these laws of physics, chemistry and biology. The book deserves equal status with all the other material there. If you remove it then you only are presenting one idea(evolution) concerning the Grand Canyon. There are other ideas beside Darwin and the chief of the Geologic Resources Division of the National Park Service.