How You Can Be Like Ken Ham

Admit it, dear reader. You’ve always admired Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. You envy the influence he has achieved through his on-line ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG). You’re impressed by the scientific displays at his mind-boggling Creation Museum. Deep down, in your heart of hearts, you want to be just like ol’ Hambo.

Don’t be afraid to admit it. You’re among friends here. Your Curmudgeon not only understands, he’s here to help you. And we’ll do that today by pointing you to an article written by ol’ Hambo himself which is posted at the AIG website: Letter from Ken, September 2013.

Within the frame of giving advice to a creationist who secretly had feelings of intellectual inadequacy, ol’ Hambo tells us the tale of his own rise to greatness. There are lessons here for all of us, if only we will pay attention. Therefore, in a sincere endeavor to assist you to become more like ol’ Hambo, here are some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us:

At a recent speaking engagement, a man asked me something like this:

I don’t have all the knowledge you have, Ken, to be able to answer skeptical questions. So what should I do if I witness to people and they bring up objections and questions? How can I respond to them when I don’t know all these answers?

A tragic situation. A creationist is out there, trying to preach creationism, but he realizes he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Is that also your problem, dear reader? Then stay with us. Hambo says:

I admitted to him that I have been in creation ministry for 35 years, and so I have had the time to accumulate a lot of information to be able to answer people. I acknowledged that his question was a legitimate one. What about Christians who haven’t been immersed in the AiG ministry, like our speakers, writers, and researchers? What should they do when challenged?

Tell us, Hambo, what can we do? And lo, he tells us the thrilling tale of his own progress:

Well, I remember when I was going to college in Australia and was taught evolution and millions of years as fact. Now, I knew this wasn’t what the Bible taught, and I really wanted answers so I could defend the Christian faith. … It was at that time (the 1970s) when I came across a fascinating booklet, originally published in England. It provided answers to questions about the fossils and Noah’s Flood — and the supposed millions of years of earth history. I then came across the now-famous book by Drs. Henry Morris and John Whitcomb, The Genesis Flood. Wow, it was packed full of answers!

Ah, Hambo’s adventure began with The Genesis Flood. Let’s read on:

The Lord gave me an intense burden to get this Bible-defending information into people’s hands. So my wife Mally and I (and another teacher) began a creation apologetics bookshop in our Australian home. We soon discovered that more and more Christians had a hunger for this vital information.

That was the real beginning of Hambo’s creationist career. It was then that he had his Damascus moment — when he realized there was a big demand for that stuff.

The next part of Hambo’s article is about the success of AIG. After that he promotes a bunch of AIG’s books and materials. By buying and reading those, people won’t feel inadequate; they’ll be prepared to deliver Hambo’s answers. Selling those books is, he says, “the burden the Lord gave to me.” It’s a burden he seems willing to bear.

Our last excerpt is amusing. Hambo also offers three items of advice and encouragement to those who would follow in his footsteps:

1. Most skeptics really don’t know how to defend what they believe. These secularists just regurgitate what they were taught at school, read in a book, or saw on some TV program.

[…]

2. If Christians take the time to read our basic books such as [list of AIG books], they will be thoroughly equipped with the answers to many of the questions people ask today.

3. Even if you can’t remember the detailed answers, if you have read the books above, you will at least know there are answers — and you can probably give a big-picture type of answer, and point skeptics to the books and to AiG’s information-packed website.

Now that Hambo has published his list of sure-fire creationist debate techniques, those Darwinists are gonna be in big trouble.

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24 responses to “How You Can Be Like Ken Ham

  1. That’s not an answer, it’s a sales pitch.

  2. The entire cretinist canon is, from front to back, a sales pitch, nothing more. That would be okay, funny even, were it not for the seemingly inexhaustible supply of credulous mugs both buying into this insubstantial hooey and on-selling it to yet more.

  3. And they’re so damned serious about it!

  4. “…just regurgitate what they were taught at school, read in a book, or saw on some TV program”

    Uh, isn’t that how we acquire knowledge? Or, do creationist have some special method of learning about science, other than being taught in school, reading books, etc?

    That was just dumb, dumb, dumb.

    Sounds like the fellow who didn’t have enough info to answer the skeptics, seems to already believe what he actually doesn’t know or understand. He just assumes it’s true. And, he wants to be able to provide answers to skeptics, without even understanding the issues.

  5. I agree about “dumb”, Rob. That’s why I don’t question them. “Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.”

  6. Ken Ham says, ironically and probably with a straight face, “Most skeptics really don’t know how to defend what they believe. These secularists just regurgitate what they were taught at school, read in a book, or saw on some TV program.”

    Ha! And just what is it that Hambo’s doing??? Those that “believe” evolution and billions of years of earth history have a vast amount of evidence supporting their belief that is derived from careful observation of nature (earth and universe).

    A much more accurate statement would be, “Most skeptics creationists really don’t know how to defend what they believe. These secularists creationists just regurgitate what they were taught at (Sunday) school, read in a book (the Bible), or saw on some TV program David Rives DVD.

  7. The whole truth

    hambo said:

    “I then came across the now-famous book by Drs. Henry Morris and John Whitcomb, The Genesis Flood. Wow, it was packed full of answers!”

    I don’t think that “answers” is quite the right word. Packed with what comes out of the rear end of a bull would be much more accurate.

  8. Stephen Kennedy

    That letter was nothing but a sales pitch for selling more of AIG’s worthless books, videos and tapes. If it were not for pseudo-science Ken Ham would know no science at all.

    Why the effort to push more junk out the door? It is the only thing that is profitable at AIG and they soon have a need for a pile of cash.

    It is interesting that although it is now mid 9/13, the latest Form 990 for AIG is still the 2010 one showing financial results for the period ending 6/30/11. ICR, DI and CSE have since issued more up to date 990s. Is it possible that there is bad news that they are reluctant to make public while trying to raise funds for the ark encounter project.

    I went to the ark encounter website and looked at how much they have raised to date, about $13.4 million, and found that this figure includes the revenue from “lifetime boarding passes” that they have sold since 2010. Based on figures for remaining passes still for sale and the listed price per pass, it appears that the amount collected through these sales amounts to more than $5 million or about 40% of the funds raised.

    It will be very interesting to see how they account for these prepaid sales on their now overdue Form 990 for 2011. If the ark encounter is never built AIG probably would have no legal obligation to pay back money that has been donated, but I do not see how, under the law, they could not be responsible for refunding this $5 million in prepaid sales. I think what is causing Hambo to get even more erratic lately is that the money collected has already been spent and AIG does not have anywhere near $5 million in liquid assets to make refunds.

    There seems to be only two ways out of this mess for AIG. One is they convince some billionaire that the only way he can get into heaven is by donating $10 million to AIG to build the ark and the other is the possibility that none of the thousands of true believers who purchased these boarding passes would actually sue AIG and risk eternity in the lake of fire.

  9. Stephen, a good comment, and it should be a stand-alone blog post.

    The more “lifetime boarding passes” they sail, the more they should reduce their expected revenues from future ticket sales. If they sell enough “”lifetime boarding passes”, they will never earn any revenue, and they should tell that to those who buy their bonds.

    Of course, religious authorities are bound by no ethical standards at all.

  10. On another point, perhaps we evolutionists should buy a bunch of “lifetime boarding passes” for the Ark Encounter, and possibly bonds as well, so we have grounds for which to sue Ken Ham’s ass.

  11. Stephen Kennedy muses:

    “There seems to be only two ways out of this mess for AIG.”

    Actually, there’s a third. It’s called “God Will Provide.” Curiously, this possibility is always just-just-just over the horizon, eagerly credited at the drop of an unexpected generous donation but never spurned even after bankruptcy when it transmogrifies into a test of faith. Oh, to be this god guy. You just can’t lose.

  12. Diogenes: “…so we have grounds for which to sue Ken Ham’s ass.”

    Lot of good that would do. He just declares bankruptcy. My suspicion is he’s using Ark Park donations for living expenses.

  13. Question: “How you can be like Ken Ham.”

    Answer: Have your IQ lowered 75 points and your moral compass removed.

    This may be one of the most , if you’ll pardon the turn of phrase, ham fisted, blatant sales pitches I’ve ever seen.

  14. Who wants to be like Ken Ham? He peddles that young-earth nonsense that at least half of self-described creationists find unconvincing. No, I want a bigger market. I want to be like David Klinghoffer. Why risk exposing the fatal contradictions and complete lack of evidence for “creationism”, when all you need to do is peddle bogus “weaknesses” of evolution. The more evidence, the more “gaps” you can spin to fool nonscientists. You don’t even have to do any work, the “Darwinists” give you an almost endless supply of free material. And if that fails, just feed the public’s addiction to conspiracy “theories” and pretend that “Darwinists” are conspiring to replace God with Hitler.

  15. “when he realized there was a big demand for that stuff.”
    Nonononono – not a demand: a hunger. Those poor creationists need(ed) Ol’ Hambo to save them from spiritual starvation. You are not going to suggest that Ol’ Hambo is in it for the money, are you?

  16. What I find most disturbing is how stupid he believes his fellow creationists are.

    he starts saying people who understand evolution only regurgitate information.

    Than he tells them to read books so that they will know what to say without having to think.

    Than he tells them direct skeptics to his books if they don’t understand something.

    Do his readers not see this?

  17. “What I find most disturbing is how stupid he believes his fellow creationists are.”

    Spector567: the thing that disturbs me even more than that is how infrequently the rubes disappoint him.

  18. Spector567 says: “What I find most disturbing is how stupid he believes his fellow creationists are.”

    He knows exactly how stupid they are. That’s what he’s good at. Well, the Ark project may have been a bit of overreach, but before that his game was flawless.

  19. It just dumbfounds me. Not only does he lie to them but, he tells them how he’s going to do it.

    In truth I think the Ark park is going to do great for Kam ham.

    Not a single shovel will hit the ground, he will keep some cut rate engineering firm really busy doing functional reports.

    and Kam will pocket all the donations for himself.

  20. Charles Deetz ;)

    He could have just given the poor guy the ultimate, can’t lose answer. Its just one word, works with any argument: GODDIDIT. There, go away amazed dear evolutionist. But Ken is too crafty and wise to give the secret to winning an argument with a secularist without a lot of backstory of KENMADEITUP.

  21. https://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/how-you-can-be-like-ken-ham/
    I think nature may be more important than nurture and do not believe I have the genes for religiously-motivated scientific charlatanism.
    https://www.facebook.com/aigkenham
    During this past weekend Ken Ham has been spreading ignorance on his followers on his Facebook page (none of his followers has even noticed). Despite me informing Mr Ham of his ridiculous mistake via the AiG website and via email (the correction of which would probably not destroy YEC-ism) Sir Ken has so far refused to admit a mistake and correct his claim nor even to silently remove the claim.
    The words of Ken Ham over the weekend after he flagged this article:
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/09/19/how-much-longer-can-earth-support-life/#ixzz2fTNiTh9v
    “You know—scientists often can’t predict the weather tomorrow—but they know what will happen 1.75 billion years from now (but it could be as long as 7.79 billion— or it could be 3.25 billion years–just a little error margin). I’m sure they would be able to present this in public school and call it ‘science.’”
    Thus Ken Ham has posted nonsense on his own Facebook page and then failed to correct it when the nonsense was pointed out twice to Answers in Genesis direct.
    Please see:
    http://forums.bcseweb.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2970&start=600
    Ham’s anti-science comments INVENTED a fictional ‘error margin’ among scientists’ predictions of a size that absolutely does not exist. If you actually read the article it says “They calculated that Earth’s habitable-zone lifetime is as long as 7.79 billion years. (Earth is estimated to be
    about 4.5 billion years old)”. Thus it is clear from the article that
    the maximum time Earth might remain habitable is around 3.29 bn
    years. As the ‘Fox News’ article states at the start (extremely clumsily as
    Earth’s orbit will probably not change) “Somewhere between 1.75
    billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the solar
    system’s habitable zone and into the “hot zone””. 7.79 billion years
    only exists in Ken Ham’s head!

  22. Stephen Kennedy

    Spector 567 wrote:
    “In truth I think the Ark park is going to do great for Kam ham.

    Not a single shovel will hit the ground, he will keep some cut rate engineering firm really busy doing functional reports.

    and Kam will pocket all the donations for himself.”

    Hambo can probably keep the money raised through the “sponser a peg, plank or beam” program with no worries and might even get away with keeping the $5 million in “life time boarding passes” that have been sold if none of the purchasers are willing to take him to court over it, but if he engages in securities fraud he is heading for Kent Hovind kind of trouble.

  23. The latest antics of Answers in Genesis towards pesky people like myself who point out factual errors by Ken Ham:
    http://forums.bcseweb.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3353

  24. Why does he say, published in England, when it was published by a company in New Jersey, USA. So Ken admits that he just found a way to make money from the ignorant, and if you want to stay ignorant then buy all my books.