We can’t tell if this signals the final collapse of the creationism movement, or if it’s just a slow day at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Alas, we suspect the latter. Anyway, their latest article is Noah’s Ark Game Misses the Boat. We got our image of the game from Walmart’s website. Here are some excerpts from ICR’s article, with bold font added by us:
Noah’s Ark has been a popular story for children, with its parade of colorful animals living in a floating zoo. But the small and cute boat often pictured in stories, toys, and games is so unlike the gigantic seaworthy vessel described in the Bible that it leaves a misleading impression. How could such a craft possibly have preserved animals and people through a real, historical global flood?
The Ark described in scripture is of dubious seaworthiness, but we’ll leave that debate to experts. Back to ICR’s article:
One example of this parody of the biblical Ark is a game for preschoolers produced by Rubik’s Cube toy maker Ideal.
Creationist research is consistent throughout all aspects of their work, so we took the time to check Wikipedia’s article on Ideal Toy Company. It indicates that although Ideal once made Rubik’s Cube, they no longer do so — another outfit does. In fact, Ideal exists today only as a line of toys (including the Ark game) made by a different company.
Hey, Walmart provides a description of the game:
Ideal’s Noah’s Ark Game is perfect for the preschooler’s first lessons about Noah! Your little one can spin the spinner and move their animals onto the ark. The first player to get all the animals safely aboard wins.
Fun for the whole family! Let’s get back to ICR:
The Noah’s Ark Game looks innocuous enough, with a picture of colorful animals crowding the roof and deck of a boat barely large enough to hold them. But it misrepresents the Ark to such a degree that it undermines the feasibility of Scripture’s account of the Flood.
ICR is worried that children’s toys undermine the “feasibility” of the Flood and the Ark? They have too much time on their hands. We continue:
Unbelievers often use their personal interpretations of the Noah’s Ark account to try to demonstrate that the Bible is false, asserting that it would have been impossible to squeeze two of each animal species onto such a small vessel. But in reality, the Ark was longer than a football field and had more capacity than 500 railroad boxcars.
You don’t have to doubt the credibility of that claim, because ICR has a footnote to The Genesis Flood, co-authored by ICR’s founder, Henry M. Morris. Skipping some other details (attributed to ICR’s Ark specialists) about the Ark’s adequacy for its purpose, we are told:
This left ample room for food and supplies, including space for plants that the Lord instructed Noah to take for food. This also fits with the Lord’s instruction for Noah to build a window in the Ark, which could have supplied the plants with light.
One window would have been more than sufficient — not only to allow sunlight for specimens of all the plants on Earth, but to provide ventilation for the whole menagerie. Here’s the article’s end:
Cute Ark images similar to the one on the game box have appeared in various children’s books and other toys and decorations. But they misrepresent the biblical account. And if parents never teach their children that this icon is false, then students are left with the wrong impression of the true nature of biblical history.
There’s only one solution to this problem. An ecclesiastical board should be established by the government — when it’s a truly God-fearing government. The board will examine all toys and other images to assure that they comply with The Truth™. Blasphemers will be burned at the stake.
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