Ken Ham Explains the Ice Age

Get ready for an adventure in geology and climatology, dear reader. Your guide will be Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Was There Really an Ice Age?

Our last post about Hambo’s views on this topic was four years ago — see Answers in Genesis — The Ice Age. None of his history was biblical, and we did some simple calculations of the human population after the Flood at the times he was talking about. Nothing made any sense. Maybe this time he’ll do better. Here are some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Glaciers, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats (sometimes called saber-toothed tigers) — those are just some of the things that immediately spring to mind when we think of the Ice Age. But some Christians wonder if there really was an Ice Age. Where does it fit in biblical history?

We’ve been wondering that for a long time. As we wrote in our earlier post on this topic:

We checked with scripture. To our astonishment, we found that the word “ice” appears only three times in the whole bible — and there is no mention at all of any ice age.

We even quoted those three items in scripture. But Hambo is going to explain everything. He says:

Actually, it’s not biblical creationists who have a challenge explaining it. Secular scientists who propose dozens of ice ages throughout the past have some major hurdles to overcome!

You have problems, dear reader. Hambo doesn’t. Let’s read on:

You see, there are many lines of evidence that strongly suggest there was indeed an Ice Age in earth’s history. Now, what you need to form an ice age is much more than just a cold earth. Warm waters are required, so you have excess evaporation and cooler temperatures, especially summers, so this precipitation falls as snow and doesn’t melt.

Whoa — wait a minute! Is Hambo using the methods of secular science? Oh, apparently not. He announces:

And the Flood of Noah’s day provides the key! [Link to an AIG article.]

Ah, the Flood! Hambo explains:

Intense volcanic and tectonic activity during the Flood would significantly warm the ocean waters. This would result in heavy evaporation. The volcanic activity would fill the atmosphere with ash and particles called dioxides, which would block sunlight, dropping the global temperature (we’ve observed this on a small scale with small volcanoes). This would lead to cooler temperatures and summers, allowing snow and ice to accumulate quite quickly without melting. Eventually the Ice Age peaked, and then declined, within several hundred years of the Flood.

Volcanoes aren’t mentioned in the bible, so your Curmudgeon is confused, but we’re near the end now. Here it is:

The Flood, about 4,350 years ago, explains the Ice Age! Evolutionists don’t have a mechanism that would drive such an ice age, but creationists do!

Hambo wasn’t there, and the bible doesn’t talk about an ice age. But somehow, using the methods of creation science, he knows all about that non-scriptural event. Ah well, Hambo is far wiser than we are, so we’ll just have to take it on faith.

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25 responses to “Ken Ham Explains the Ice Age

  1. Christine Janis

    “Evolutionists don’t have a mechanism that would drive such an ice age”

    Sez who? How about cooling global climate leading to the the formation of the Arctic ice cap, combined with Milankovitch cylces triggering more extensive episodes of glaciation.

    Ken, buddy, we’re living in an “Ice Age” right now, just in an interglacial phase. But, if ice isn’t mentioned in the Bible, it must be because it people who wrote it never travelled up north (and must have made pretty poor cocktails).

  2. About 10-15 years the ICR’s idiot resident geologist Michael Oard wrote a booklet on “the Ice Age”, where he argued that all the evidence for 2-3 million years worth of glacial cycles should be compressed into just one Ice Age following Noah’s Flood. Of course, Oard’s arguments were typical of the general “Flood” arguments used by all these idiots. Especially ironic was that this was a complete turnabout from the claim they made until the 1990s or so, that all evidence for the ice ages was really evidence for Noah’s Flood, and the notion of ice ages was secular myth. This nonsense went back to the 7th-Day Adventist quack ‘geologist’ George McCready Price, whose ideas were picked up by Henry Morris and promoted in his ‘scientific creationist’ writings.

  3. Holding The Line In Florida

    Just how anyone can take these clowns seriously is beyond understanding. Amazing!

  4. A neverending amazement afaIc. Five Ice ages and many more glacial periods compressed in one fast, short time interval. Ol’Hambo boldly declaring that “it’s not biblical creationists” but evilutionists who have a challenge explaining it” (carefully neglecting that orbital variations are predictable, because repeatable, operational science) surpasses it all.

  5. This is a copy of a post working out the math of the “A Catastrophic Breakup” that Ham claims happened during the flood, moved continental plates, and warmed the oceans:

    The 2011 “…earthquake moved the crust under the main island of Japan by a whopping eight feet. This earthquake was an 8.9 on the Richter scale and released 1.2 exajoules of energy. Let’s do a little math, shall we?
    Geographic area of Honshu: ~90,000 square miles
    Geographic area of Earth’s continents: ~197 million square miles
    Ratio of the area of Honshu to the combined area of Earth’s continents: 1:2,189
    Ratio of eight feet to width of Atlantic basin: 1:653,400
    Ignoring the size of the continental shelves themselves, rearranging Rodinia into Pangaea and then into the modern continents would result in an energy release on the order of 3.43 billion exajoules, or about 3e27 Joules.
    This is roughly 12% of the kinetic energy of the moon…about a thousandth of a percent of the energy required to blow up the entire planet.
    The mass of the Earth’s oceans is roughly 1.33e21 kg, and the specific heat capacity of water is 4,185 J/kg*K. Releasing 3e27 Joules would raise the temperature of the oceans by about 600 degrees Kelvin.”

  6. Every time you hear “You see,” coming from Ken Ham you know that a particular stroke of genius is about to present itself.

  7. Eddie Janssen

    It may be yet again time to quote St Augustine:
    “Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of the world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men. If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason?
    St. Augustine: The Literal Meaning of Genesis, Vol 2
    (https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6819578.Augustine_of_Hippo?page=5)

  8. Isn’t it disgusting that a public figure can attract believers with such absurd nonsense.
    It is clear that he is just making up stuff.
    Why isn’t he just laughed at?

  9. Charles Deetz ;)

    Slackjawed at the hubris to post this garbage.

  10. AiG constantly refer to an ‘ice age’, but when real scientists – or I – refer to real known ice ages they generally mean ice age glaciations (as has been mentioned above, we are currently technically in an ‘ice age’ ie although we are in not a glacial period we are in an interglacial which has not always been the case in Earth history). (AiG also pretend their ‘single’ alleged ice age had periods when the ice significantly waned in an attempt to comply with ice core evidence; I strongly suspect the final melting of the ice to little above current amounts could not be as rapid as they allege and I am not sure that they or Oard have addressed that issue.)

  11. Stephen Kennedy

    I do not usually waste my time reading things like the bible but I did look at the account of the flood and nowhere was there any mention of volcanoes, earth quakes, tsunamis, tectonic plates or ice ages. All this is just made up by AIG in a failed attempt to make an incredible legend credible. I thought there was some kind of command about not adding things to scripture.

  12. There are several reference works which can quickly tell you what the Bible has to say about a particular topic. There are concordances, which are keyed to particular Bibles, such as translations (“versions”) or original languages, which will enumerate each instance of every word. Other works are dependent on interpretation of texts, “what the Bible tells about such and such”.
    Conservative Christians seem to like any of the revisions of Strong’s Concordance to the King James Version, which widely avaiable online, and in print even in small libraries.
    This makes it easy to verify what the Bible has to say about ice, cats, apples, volcanos, oxides, climate, etc.

  13. Ross Cameron

    I was debating the Red Sea crossing with a creo when he came up with a beauty. Because his bible used the word ‘congealed’ for the parting, he insisted the water had turned to ice. There ya go, another mini ice age you never knew.

  14. “Gongealed”and is in the KJV Exodus 15:8

  15. Michael Fugate

    And they skated across?

  16. According to the Bible, it congealed at the bottom, unlike the kind of water we’re familiar with, which freezes at the top. I confess that my picture of the crossing of the Red Sea didn’t take account of the ice at the bottom.

  17. In my native country before global warming even large water surfaces used to freeze over now and then:

    http://uitdeoudedoos.kroniekvanenkhuizen.nl/films-uit-de-oude-doos/bevroren-ijsselmeer-in-1934?navId=135

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IJsselmeer

    However they never parted. Perhaps Moses and his crew used an icebreaker.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icebreaker

    Perhaps Ol’Hambo should build a replica.

  18. “particles called dioxides”; since I never met such things in my entire career as a chemist, perhaps I need to take Ham’s science classes as well as his bible classes.

  19. @paul braterman – he is more than happy to sell you materials and conferences to help with your indoctr^H^H^H^H^H^H education…

  20. Wouldn’t dioxide just be 2 oxygen molecules? Alias O2, the stuff we breath and makes up 21% of the atmosphere?

  21. I assumed that “dioxide” is an informal expression for a generic “R dioxide”. So a “particle of dioxide” would be a particle of silicon dioxide, of tin dioxide, of titanium dioxide, etc. Not very strong contributing factors to the greenhouse effect, granted.

  22. Stephen Kennedy The Bible at Genesis 7:11 does refer (in some English translations at least) to something that could be construed as a massive widespread earthquake that brought up waters ‘from below’ (also volcanoes sometimes erupt/eject hot water vapour/steam but I agree that the Genesis flood account does not suggest any massive undersea/land-based massive volcanism).

  23. Thanks, AlanF, for explaining why Seventh-Day Adventists don’t believe (or didn’t believe) in Ice Ages. Finally, I have the explanation for a comment made by a student’s mother during parent conferences in my 7th-grade Earth Science course:
    “We are Seventh-Day Adventists, and we don’t believe in glaciers.”

    I had never heard of this particular non-belief before, and wondered how someone could not believe in glaciers. Had this woman never heard of Antarctica? Now I see what she meant was “We don’t believe in Ice Ages.” Still preposterous, but slightly less so.

    At any rate, I let her statement pass without comment, because it had nothing to do with her son’s progress in class. However, in the classroom the next week I made a point to illustrate all the evidence supporting Ice Age glaciation of North America.