We may have figured out why Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) writes so often about his experiences with children. As you know, ol’ Hambo is the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and he also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo’s focus on children is not merely because they give him money (see: Taking Candy from a Baby) or that they mimic his approach to “science” (see: Ken Ham Disciple Exposes NASA’s Godless Lies). No, those explanations are too easy. There’s more to it than money and the pride of intellectual acceptance.
We think the reason is that while they are young and ignorant, children readily accept fantasies like fairies and Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse. But as they mature, become educated, and start to think for themselves, they no longer see things with a child’s comprehension. That’s the “problem” about which Hambo often writes (see: Everybody’s Leaving His Church).
We drew our insight from Hambo’s latest blog entry, which is titled An Eleven-Year-Old Has the Correct Answer Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Recently I read a review of our new book, Already Compromised. What a blessing to read the following, as an eleven year old understands the problem of compromise in so many of our Christian colleges more than many of the professors:
Here’s the “review” Hambo read:
I discussed the statistics with my husband and sons. My eleven year old was disgusted by some of the findings. When I read to them about the percentage of those who did not believe in a literal six-day, 24-hour creation, my son sighed. His response was: “I’ve got the answer to this problem. Put down your textbooks, and open your Bible.”
What can we say about that? What can anyone say? Well, here’s what ol’ Hambo says:
How profound, coming from a child! You don’t often hear such wisdom coming from a young person, but they sometimes reveal that they understand more than we think they do. And he is right; too many times we rely on man’s words and man’s ideas that we find in a textbook, and we don’t spend enough time learning from God’s own Word. If more of these colleges and universities would make the Bible their main textbook, maybe we wouldn’t be wading through the “Great Compromise.”
That “compromise” is what many denominations have done to avoid being anti-reality cults. They have remained relevant by not rejecting science. But that’s not Hambo’s way, and we think that’s the reason he finds so much intellectual compatibility with children.
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