Recently Ken Ham opened his Ark Encounter in Kentucky. The holy monument of history denying extremists cost over $100 million dollars and received huge tax breaks and other incentives from the tax payers, whether they supported it or not.
For the people in Kentucky who wanted to have this money spent on an actual science museum, which would serve to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers to continue the progress and innovations of technology which we all have greatly benefited from, your representatives sold you out. There is no doubt that this investment by certain politicians in Kentucky will turn out absolutely disastrous for its’ citizens.
At the opening event there were protests and defenders. Young Earth Creationist Eric Hovind was on hand to defend pseudoscience. Eric, like Ken Ham, shamelessly promotes the same misguided attacks on established fields of study that have been debunked over and over again.
Well known science educator Aron Ra witnessed Eric Hovind playing his con game and decided to intervene. Out of the back and forth dialog, Eric made a common argument in defense of the silly delusion that Noah’s flood should be taken literally. “There are 350 legends of a flood around the world.”
Let’s think about that. Genesis 7:22,23
Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
Seeing how everyone and everything outside of the ark was wiped out, who wrote these 350 different flood legends? How is it possible that there are legends older than the Noah story? If the global flood happened, Noah’s story would be the oldest and the single source of truth for all the others. Instead we have hundreds of different flood myths in different cultures around the world which would only be possible if they were based off of local flood accounts.
Or perhaps Eric can explain how dead people can write myths. Or perhaps he can explain how people left the ark, abandoned Jehovah, became Hindus (even though Hinduism is older than Judaism), and created a different flood myth with Hindu gods. Can he explain how people left the ark and wrote myths that were actually historically older? Now that’s impressive!
The only reasonable explanation for 350 different flood myths around the world is that there was no singular global flood that wiped everyone out. There were local floods which inspired local myths that contained local gods. And areas that didn’t experience severe local floods didn’t have flood myths. Imagine that.
Congratulations to Ken Ham, his donors, and certain politicians in Kentucky for making this $100-million-dollar investment possible. Congratulations on making Kentucky citizens look foolish to other States and United States citizens look foolish to other countries.
In 2008, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began operating in Europe. It's the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. In 2016, a Noah’s Ark park was opened in the United States. It has stuffed animals and jungle noises. What a proud day to be an American.
-James Kirk Wall
Want to tour the Ark Park without paying the $40? Check out
Patheos - Tracey Moody - Scenes from Ark Encounter’s Opening Day (Inside the Ark)
Aron Ra’s lovely encounter with Eric Hovind
Meanwhile in other parts of the world:
CERN The Large Hadron Collider
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