I have previously alluded to my local ‘creationist bookshop,’ Nature Discoveries. Today I paid them a visit.
They’re an interesting shop. As you can see, their motto is “Helping you explore the wonders of creation.” I must admit that it took until perhaps a year ago to realise that this actually meant they were a creationist shop.
And a young Earth creationist shop at that. You can’t see it here as its hidden by the one in front, but one of the towers on the left in the entrance contains a number of books, magazines, an DVDs. The magazine being the Journal of Creation as it happens, while the books/DVDs are in a similar vein.
But that’s really the only part of the shop that is creationist. Indeed, I looked at some books on dinosaurs and they were perfectly standard ‘these animals lived in the Triassic…’ kids stuff. I tried to take a picture of an example, but I’m a truly terrible photographer and anyway I was attracting the attention of the shopkeeper. I decided that talking to her would be more productive.
She said that the store wasn’t really a bookshop and more a nature shop (hence the name). When questioned on the, ah, ‘interesting’ choice of books that they did have she claimed that the store was not keen on “censorship,” but when pressed on the fact that they were all young Earth creationist (I’m talking real books, not the dinosaur things) she said that the chain owner was keen on them. I asked her whether she herself believed it, and while she was non-committal she said that scientists weren’t really as certain on things as they claimed and that she was a scientist herself. I didn’t ask for her to be more specific.
I decided at that point that it was probably a good idea to buy something before I left. None of their stuff was to do with the ICR, alas, so I picked up a copy of Sarfati’s Refuting Evolution. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it, beyond chuckle away/get really annoyed as I read it. Refutations already exist on the Internet, as does a copy of the full text. We shall see…