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The 7 Wonders Creation Museum, also 7 Wonders Museum of Mount St. Helens, is a museum and bookstore dedicated to promoting young Earth creationism in Silverlake, Washington (or Toutle, Washington) near Mount St. Helens, United States. Admission is free, and often accompanied by a guided tour of volcano sights.[1][2]

The two room museum was founded in 1998 by Lloyd and Doris Anderson, who live in a nearby house. Lloyd Anderson, born circa 1934, has a master's degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is a retired former pastor; his wife Doris has worked as a registered nurse and journalist.[1][2][3] The 7 Wonders Museum takes its name from seven Mount St. Helens land features that changed in no more than a few years. Lloyd claims that it offers creation evidence to support the Bible as "without error in the original writing."[1] The Andersons see the eruption as divine evidence for young earth creationism, and see their museum as a counterpoint to the many shops and visitors centers near Mount St. Helens conveying the secular view.[4]

The scientific community considers creationism to be pseudoscience.[5][6 ][7] As a result, science organizations, such as the National Center for Science Education, criticize the promotion of creationism as a form of non-science.[8][9] Scientists say the museum rejects modern science because it that doesn't agree with the museums preconceived religious views, and misleads visitors by extrapolating very special geologic events into equivalence with much longer-term events.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Case for Creation", by Tom Paulu, August 6, 2004, The Daily News.
  2. ^ a b c "The stirring on the mount", by Alex Johnson, May 2, 2005, MSNBC.
  3. ^ "Eruptus Interruptus", by Mark Sundeen, February 2005, Outside.
  4. ^ "Creationist sees clear proof in volcano", by Mike Lewis, October 9, 2004, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  5. ^ Finding the Evolution in Medicine, Cynthia Delgado, NIH Record, July 28, 2006.
  6. ^ As reported by Newsweek: "By one count there are some 700 scientists (out of a total of 480,000 U.S. earth and life scientists) who give credence to creation-science, the general theory that complex life forms did not evolve but appeared 'abruptly'," in "Keeping God out of the Classroom (Washington and bureau reports)", Larry Martz & Ann McDaniel, Newsweek CIX(26): 23-24, June 29, 1987, ISSN 0028-9604
  7. ^ "Creationism in any of its forms, such as 'intelligent design', is not based on facts, does not use any scientific reasoning and its contents are pathetically inadequate for science classes"."The dangers of creationism in education". Council of Europe. Retrieved 2007-08-03.  
  8. ^ "Project Steve: FAQs". National Center for Science Education. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-06.  
  9. ^ Scott, Eugenie (2008). "Statements from Scientific Organizations". National Center for Science Education. Retrieved 2008-09-06.  

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