CDS Undergraduate Instructor Christopher Sims Photographs Debate about Creationism in Kentucky for the “Financial Times Sunday Magazine”

Storage room, Answers in Genesis warehouse. Hebron, Kentucky. 2013. Photograph by Christopher Sims.

Storage room, Answers in Genesis warehouse. Hebron, Kentucky. 2013. Photograph by Christopher Sims.

CDS undergraduate instructor Christopher Sims was commissioned by the Financial Times Sunday Magazine this spring to create a series of photographs on the debate about creationism in Kentucky. The feature article by staff writer Barney Jopson, as well as an extended slideshow of Sims’s photographs, are now available online on the website of the Financial Times.

Sims made portraits of the principal figures involved in the contentious public disagreements about creationism in the state, as well as photographed in the exhibition halls and behind-the-scenes at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The success of the Creation Museum, which saw over 400,000 visitors in its first year, has inspired the museum’s evangelical founders to plan an 800-acre theme park centered around a massive replica of Noah’s Ark. Jopson’s long form piece gauges the reaction to these plans through revealing and often surprising comments from the pastors, politicians, and other leaders across the state, and provides his readers of the U.K.-based publication a larger context for understanding that creationism is “the most widely held belief about human origins in the U.S.”

View “The Ark Builders,” Financial Times Sunday Magazine, April 5, 2013:

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