Ken Ham Interviews Astronaut Barry Wilmore

Look at this one from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. It’s titled NASA Astronaut Visits the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

We recently had a very special guest visit the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. Barry “Butch” Wilmore, a NASA astronaut, space shuttle pilot, and a commander of an International Space Station expedition, came with his wife and two daughters to tour our two attractions in Northern Kentucky.

M’god — the guy not only went to the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, but also to Ark Encounter, Hambo’s exact replica of Noah’s Ark. Let’s read on:

Barry has spent 178 days in outer space, including being the first space shuttle pilot to do a spacewalk. He’s a biblical creationist, loves God’s Word, and boldly shares the gospel with others.

Wikipedia has a write-up on him — see Barry E. Wilmore — but it doesn’t mention his creationism. Hambo tells us:

We were blessed by an enthralling message from Barry during our morning staff meeting. He told us about his work as an astronaut and his time on the International Space Station, and showed us breathtaking photos of the earth from outer space. We recorded his presentation so I could share it with you.

Click over there and watch the thing, if you like. Hambo continues:

I also did a short Facebook Live video with Barry in Legacy Hall. You can watch that below. At the beginning of this video, I asked him if the earth was flat when he viewed it from space. Hear his answer.

We watched the first few minutes of that one. Spoiler alert: Like most creationists, somehow Wilmore isn’t a flat-Earther, in spite of all the scriptural passages we quoted in The Earth Is Flat!

The rest of Hambo’s post is promotional stuff, so we’ll quit here. We must add, however, that something like this has happened before. A couple of years ago we wrote ICR Interviews Astronaut Jeffrey Williams. Like Wilmore, Williams also has an engineering degree. These guys are further evidence of the Salem hypothesis that engineering types have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint.

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8 responses to “Ken Ham Interviews Astronaut Barry Wilmore

  1. Michael Fugate

    Barry has a series of sermons online with one titled “creation vs evolution” from Providence Baptist Church (Pasadena TX outside Houston) where he is a lay elder.

  2. Ross Cameron

    When you`re in the grip of a delusion, it wouldn`t matter if you were POTUS (ooops), you see everything through bible-tinted glasses. Or other filters.

  3. I suspect that nothing in the job of being a shuttle pilot is conditional on whether one is a creationist or not.

    I knew an astronaut who was very religious and would sometimes have one or two beers too many and break out into a boisterous rendition of a childhood hymn. (At least once, anyway, in the club at Stennis Space Center. A cringeworthy moment.)

  4. Then, of course, there’s astronaut James Irwin, who went on a search for Noah’s Ark. (He didn’t find it; he died too soon to see Ken Ham’s Ark Park.)

  5. Hopefully someone will edit Wilmore’s Wikipedia page to include this information about his apparent creationism. Confirming an SC observation about creationists in general, Wilmore is an electrical engineer. Apparently he missed the lecture about the scientific method in school. A very clever fellow indeed.

  6. I listened to most of one of his sermons. He is a full-blown, unapologetic YEC creationist who doesn’t even know the basics of what secular scientists believe. When talking about the Big Bang he said that scientists will say it happened 3.8 or 4.6 billion years ago, depending on who you ask, and that it started with either a huge amount of mass or a very small mass, depending on who you ask.

    He said that evolution was invented specifically to counter the Christian Bible… so that secularists would have an excuse to not follow God’s laws.

    He talked about 747s exploding and Mt St. Helens. All the basic YEC talking points.

  7. Musketeering

    You know know MOST creationist don’t believe in a flat earth, and there is zero proof in Biblical times that people believed in a flat earth? Your “article” that mentions flat earth in the Bible is all twisted, there is not a shred of evidence in there showing that people believed the earth was flat. Please stop stereotyping and trying to force your viewpoint of something to prove your point. All that does is show your ignorance and misunderstanding of the verses you pointed out, and your obviously biased agenda and poor attempts at humor to try to improve an inferior blog.

  8. I doubt that there are many people who are able to read this blog who believe in a flat Earth, and I realize that even in antiquity it was common knowledge that the Earth is a globe. This is one of the ways that the Bible has been, and is, treated with respect by not reading it as a textbook of the natural world.
    In much the same way that Bible-readers came to accept that the Earth is a planet of Sun, although before the modern era it was universally accepted that the Bible taught that the Sun moved around a stationary Earth.
    On the other hand, there is nothing in the Bible which says that there is micro-evolution but not macro-evolution, that there is a fixity of “kinds”, that the Earth was created less than 5000 years before the birth of Jesus, and other things which many YECs insist on being Biblical doctrines.