My point is this: people that posted in this thread, brought up numerous arguments that were contrary to the biblical account.
In fact, it's creationists who mangle the Biblical account in an attempt to make it fit reality. The whole idea of rapid microevolution seems to have been made up to avoid fitting all of the animals o the ark. The violence of the flood, the uplifting of the mountains and the "vapour canopy" nonsense are all unbiblical.
The proposed experiment would certainly be interesting, whether it "succeeded" or not. But the major obstacle is likely to be Christians' inability to agree on "what the Bible says".
Yeah, education is bad. Museums are very sinister, they have fossils in, fossils made by Satan to lead the devout astray. And as for libraries, they contain books. With facts in them, the devil's tool!
And the taxpayers have to pay for this filth, even though by an overwhelming majority they elected the Ignorance Party on a platform of making everyone stupid ... oh wait, they didn't. But, my dear Jaf, they could. They elect the people who decide how their money should be spent. They could vote for the closure of museums and the burning of books if they wanted to. I guess they don't, but feel free to start a political party and find out.
I doubt that, but if it's true, that's one of the strongest points of science: when you find out that phlogiston just doesn't work, you drop it as an explanation of how things get hot. When you find out about neutrons, electrons, and protons, you stop teaching kids that atoms are the smallest unit of matter. When you find out, through better measurements, that the half-life of rubidium 87 is 48.8 billion years, you gently adjust the dates you get from rubidium-strontium dating.
Religion does much the same thing, but more slowly. And they don't like talking about it. Christians don't kill many witches or own many slaves in most parts of the world here in 2014. Two or three hundred years ago, it was their Sacred Duty to do those things.
Welcome to EvC, Jaf!
"The Christian church, in its attitude toward science, shows the mind of a more or less enlightened man of the Thirteenth Century. It no longer believes that the earth is flat, but it is still convinced that prayer can cure after medicine fails." H L Mencken