We have often discussed the supreme silliness of believing that one boatfull of animals a mere 4,000 years ago could have populated every continent of our world with millions of species. But creationists insist that it’s true.
Perhaps you’ll change your mind after you read what we found at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
Hambo’s post is Millions of Species in Thousands of Years?
Don’t laugh and don’t click away, dear reader. What’s at stake is an eternity in the Lake of Fire, so the least you can do is take a look at what ol’ Hambo says. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis and scripture references omitted:
With the Ark Encounter opening on July 7 in Northern Kentucky, many of the visitors will encounter the concept of animal kinds, perhaps for the first time. Kind is the biblical term used to refer to groups of living things.
Pay attention, dear reader. Hambo is going to explain everything to us. He says:
All organisms reproduce “according to their kind.” In most instances, research has placed kind around the same level as family in our modern classification system.
That’s not so difficult, is it? Let’s read on:
Now Ark Encounter visitors unfamiliar with this concept might be surprised to learn that Noah took only around 2,000 animal kinds with him on the Ark — not millions of species.
Somehow, Hambo knows that the Ark contained only 2,000 animal kinds. However, because Noah was commanded to bring mating pairs, we assume that means 4,000 animals. That’s a lot of animals on one boat — truly an arkload. But was it a sufficient number of biological families? The classification of “family” isn’t precise, and what is or is not a family changes from time to time, so it’s difficult to find a list of them all. Anyway, there are at least 20,000 biological families out there. You don’t need to worry about that, because Hambo confronts the issue:
Not surprisingly, one of the many questions we’ve received about the Ark is how so few kinds could turn into so many species in just a few thousand years after the Flood.
Yes — that’s what we’re all wondering. So what’s the answer? Here it comes:
Well, there’s an answer to this intriguing question! Our research biologist Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson and the Institute for Creation Research’s Dr. Jason Lisle have just published an extensive technical answer in our peer-reviewed journal, Answers Research Journal. The model laid out in their paper “significantly advances the young-creation explanation for the origin of species, and it makes testable predictions by which it can be further confirmed or rejected in the future.”
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — it’s peer reviewed! [*End Drool Mode*] Here’s a link to that article: On the Origin of Eukaryotic Species’ Genotypic and Phenotypic Diversity.
Before you read it, take a look at the Instructions to Authors Manual for that prestigious journal. In the section on “Paper Review Process” it says:
The following criteria will be used in judging papers:
1. Is the paper’s topic important to the development of the Creation and Flood model?
2. Does the paper’s topic provide an original contribution to the Creation and Flood model?
3. Is this paper formulated within a young-earth, young-universe framework?
4. If the paper discusses claimed evidence for an old earth and/or universe, does this paper offer a very constructively positive criticism and provide a possible young-earth, young-universe alternative?
5. If the paper is polemical in nature, does it deal with a topic rarely discussed within the origins debate?
6. Does this paper provide evidence of faithfulness to the grammatical-historical/normative interpretation of Scripture?
So there you are. If you decide to read the “peer reviewed” article, let us know what it says.
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