Ken Ham & The Great Flood of China

Ten days ago we wrote The Great Flood of China — Without Noah, in which we said:

We’ve been hearing rumblings that Ken Ham is already claiming that it’s evidence that the Noah tale describes an actual global catastrophe, but if that’s happening, it must be on Twitter or some place like that. Nothing about it has appeared yet at his website — but we’re confident that it will. So instead of waiting, we decided to get in ahead of ol’ Hambo and let you know about the news. The entertainment is certain to come — and soon.

And lo, our prediction has come to pass! It’s even better than we hoped, because we learned about this at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND) — the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed.

WND’s headline is Scientists find evidence of catastrophic flood of 4,000 years ago. It already has almost 200 drooling comments. Here are some excerpts from the WND article, with bold font added by us:

Scientists have made an eye-opening discovery in China that may point to a catastrophic biblical flood nearly 4,000 years ago.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They breathlessly describe the recent discovery, omitting to mention that Emperor Yu, the legendary hero associated with the Chinese flood legend, is not named Noah, nor is there any mention in the Chinese legend of an ark — or even rain. Further, the Chinese flood seems to have been a local event, the result of a dam break, which is utterly unrelated to the biblical tale of Noah. Then they tell us:

Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis told One News Now the new find is just the latest in a number of stories about a great flood event. “Whether it’s the American Indians or the Fijians, Hawaiians, the Eskimos, Australian Aborigines … back to the Babylonians, there are flood legends in cultures all over the world,” Ham said.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! WND is quoting ol’ Hambo as an authoritative source! It doesn’t get any better than this. Here’s the One News Now article WND is talking about: Discovery in China points to biblical Flood. WND quotes from that article:

“There are thousands of feet of Flood sediment all over the globe – evidence of a catastrophic global Flood – and they’re not prepared to look at that because they’ve been indoctrinated to believe that that was laid down over millions of years,” Ham told the news site. He argued that many in the scientific community are blinded to biblical truth.

One News Now specifically says:

He [ol’ Hambo] contends that scientific blinders are caused by a spiritual resistance.

So there you are, dear reader. Although we continue to rely on our Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology, one thing about the Flood is true: Creationists are willing to believe anything — except reality.

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18 responses to “Ken Ham & The Great Flood of China

  1. Fascinating. The current evangelical insistence on a young earth dates from the 1960’s, before that most fundamentalists were ok with the “day-age” interpretation, etc. The change was largely driven by The Genesis Flood, (1961) by Henry Morris, who was also the founder and president of the Institute for Creation Research. Without that book’s influence, Mr. Ham probably wouldn’t have his cushy job. Now that’s a disturbing thought!

    I wouldn’t advise reading The Genesis Flood, it’s 500 pages of the usual suspects, but if you get your hands on a copy try to find any evidence that supports a global Flood. There is lot’s of stuff about the Bible, or evolution, or the age of the earth, but there is no evidence for an actual Flood!

    Morris hoped that the cosmic violence of the Flood would explain away the standard geological evidence of great age, such as the erosion of the Grand Canyon, or those “thousands of feet” of sediments that cover much of the continents. But despite all his efforts, Morris never found any evidence of global geological catastrophe that the Flood would inevitably leave behind.
    So young earth creationism’s founding document, if you look at the (lack of) evidence, is actually profoundly anti-Flood and pro old earth! How sad is that?

  2. So where did the Chinese civilization spring from and when if they were capable of surviving this catastrophic flood of “biblical proportions?” And there were survivors too boot! Maybe they built their own “ark” and the Emperor, and his kin saved all the Chinese animals, etc., etc?

  3. No DavidK, those Chinese (who already had Chinese names before the Tower of Babel) were eradicated, but after the Biblical Flood they evolved from Giant Pandas by means of YEC SuperEvolution(TM). That’s why they still eat bamboo. (Those pandas obviously migrated back to the same place they’d come from, ever so slightly confused by the new phenomenon of “continents”.)

  4. Ham and his ilk have backed themselves into a corner. They’ve repeatedly said that if the flood isn’t true and if the world is old then xian has no foundation. And they’ll give up any reality to keep their fantasy myth alive.

  5. Holding the Line in Florida

    Drooling comments are an understatement. Deranged its better. It is scary to think that there are those people running around loose in the world!!! Worse, they will actually vote as well. Hambone will be in business till he dies! Providing they can cough up the $40 a head and the assorted other costs they need to visit the Ark of Fools of course. Wonder how that is coming along? Haven’t heard any stats as of yet. .

  6. Holding the Line in Florida asks about Hambo’s ticket sales for the ark: “Wonder how that is coming along? Haven’t heard any stats as of yet. .”

    If ticket sales information were favorable, Hambo would be bragging. He’s been silent. That says it all.

  7. The only explanation, @DavidK, is that Emperor Yu stowed away on the Ark. Perhaps he disguised himself as a dinosaur, leaving the female of the dinosaur kind unable to reproduce. This explains the extinction of the dinosaurs. #occamsrazor

  8. Mark, he probably shared a stall with Methuselah, who disguised himself as an old goat.

  9. Apparently Hambone (and the WND) are unaware that the great China flood was local. And that their great sky fairy, who they think wrote the King James Bible on his/her/its word processor, cribbed the story from Sumerian, Babylonian, and other flood stories. Hambone admits that there were other flood stories, but apparently hasn’t thought about how, if Noah and his relatives were the only survivors, there would be any other stories.

  10. If stupidity and ignorance were commodities, the commentariat at WND would top the Forbes richest list.

  11. Just like hyper-evolution of animals after the flood, human religion, customs, and passed-down history hyper-evolved. Within a short time after disembarking from the ark, most of Noah’s descendants (the rest of the world) had forgotten about the Hebrew god. They forgot Hebrew history and substituted their own. One would assume the oral history about a god destroying the entire world, and the continuing worship of that god would be passed on even if languages were scrambled at Babel, (another god driven event to be passed on) but it seems that was not the case.

    Ham needs to explain how, if the flood stories are all related to the Genesis flood, the people who passed those stories down forgot about the god who caused it and why. The most important element of the story was forgotten completely.

  12. @Holding the line.

    No official numbers but according to AronRa, and other protesters, out there on opening day. The Ark car park was never more than 1/8th full.

  13. I found this article by the builder of the Ark park
    http://www.fastcodesign.com/3061679/i-built-noahs-100-million-ark
    Seems he is a bit of a non-committed creationist and probably wouldn’t pass Hambo’s faith requirements.
    There are a few groaners in there for the interested.

  14. Troy, that’s an interesting link. Especially this bit:

    “We did talk to the client, and they thought they had to build with steel and cover it with wood—I said we could do it with wood.”

    I wonder why the client (Ken Ham, I presume) thought that building it as the Bible describes wouldn’t work.

  15. @David Evans
    The building was built not to float. That tells enough about its correspondence with the Biblical Ark.

  16. This has just appeared online in the UK, at midnight BST (only skimmed):
    http://creation.com/chinese-jishi-gorge-flood