This is an old theme at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. Apparently they don’t have much else to talk about now that their Ark Encounter project is scheduled for its grand opening on 07 July.
Today’s AIG essay was written by Tim Chaffey. At the end of his article we’re told that he: “holds a master of divinity degree in apologetics and theology and a ThM in church history and theology from Liberty University School of Divinity. He is content manager for the attractions division of Answers in Genesis.” He too has written about this before — see AIG: Top Ten Flood Misconceptions. Here are some excerpts from Chaffey’s latest effort, with bold font added by us.
It begins with a ridiculously fanciful visit to Noah’s home:
Noah slapped his pen on the desk in frustration. “That won’t work either.” He buried his head in his hands and prayed. O God, help me. Stirred by his wife’s footsteps, he looked up to see her approaching.
“What’s wrong?” Emzara asked.
He sighed and raised his hands in frustration. “How can I make it strong enough to hold together in rough seas?”
“I’m sure you’ll figure it out.” She gently massaged the back of his neck. “The Creator wouldn’t command you to build the Ark without enabling you to do it.”
He patted her hand softly and nodded. “I know. There’s just so much to think through.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! AIG imagines that Noah’s wife was named Emzara. We always thought it was Cowabunga (from the sacred book of Howdy Doody). That domestic scene was the best part of Chaffey’s article, but here’s a bit more from the rest:
Modern skeptics frequently assume that someone living in Noah’s time would have been wholly incapable of building something as large and sophisticated as the Ark. Their views raise several interesting questions that force us to dig deeper and find truths — about God’s Word and His work in history — that we might otherwise miss.
Are you, dear reader, one of those skeptics who assumes that someone living 4,000 years ago couldn’t have built the Ark — capable of sailing the turbulent seas for an entire year, and big enough to contain thousands of animals and food to keep them alive? Let’s read on:
Noah built the Ark sixteen centuries after God created man as an intelligent being, fully capable of designing and developing new technologies. Since lifespans approached a thousand years, achievements of the pre-Flood world’s best innovators could have been remarkable. We know they were capable of building cities, making musical instruments, and working with metal. While the height of their prowess is unknown, we can be confident they did not possess vessels, other than the Ark, that survived the Flood.
Very persuasive! We continue:
Noah’s culture was almost certainly at its industrial zenith while he worked on the Ark. [Hee hee!] Yet, the Flood served as a technological reset, obliterating any of the inventions and writings not preserved on the Ark. Men began to rebuild after the Flood but soon suffered another, though less severe, setback because of their rebellion at Babel.
Alas, all those magnificent industrial achievements, lost forever. Here’s more:
The building project at Babel was the culmination of post-Flood man’s pooled ingenuity, but the Lord confused the builders language, causing them to scatter abroad in smaller groups. Depending on where they traveled and the various skills they possessed, some factions struggled to eke out an existence while others thrived. Within a few centuries, the Great Pyramid was built. The magnitude and precision of this colossal edifice still baffles modern researchers. Elsewhere, other impressive monuments and structures were erected, such as Stonehenge, showcasing ancient man’s engineering capabilities.
That’s powerful evidence that the Ark was feasible. But we’re a uncertain how Noah’s kids could have populated the world so quickly that “within a few centuries” they were building the pyramids. Moving along:
Many people assume that it isn’t possible to build a sturdy ship as large as Noah’s Ark, even with modern technology. In reality, the ancient Greeks and medieval Chinese perfected the art of building massive ships on the same scale as Noah’s Ark.
Not really. See Wikipedia’s List of longest wooden ships.
The AIG article goes on and on, and it just keeps getting worse. This is where we’ll leave it, but you may want to study it in detail. We might have missed something interesting.
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