Ken Ham — Self-Published Genius?

Today we have another book that almost made it into our collection of Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.

We recently struggled with the same issue in Discoveroids: Self-Published Geniuses?, where we considered three creationist books by Discoveroid authors that wern’t (as far as we could tell) promoted by press releases. They were published by the Discovery Institute Press, the Discoveroids’ own, in-house “publisher,” for books their own people write which probably can’t get published elsewhere. Because we are scrupulous about our criteria, we decided to keep those Discoveroid books separate, in their own category.

The book that makes us re-consider the issue today was written by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Hambo doesn’t need a press release. He tells us about it himself in his own blog at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Ken Ham’s New Book Gospel Reset Now Available. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

After the death of renowned evangelist Billy Graham earlier this year, headlines appeared asking questions such as, “Will there ever be another Billy Graham?” Well, I don’t believe there will be another evangelist like Reverend Graham in our culture as it is today (more on why below). And that’s why I’ve written my brand-new book, Gospel Reset.

It’s strange that Hambo is writing about Billy Graham. As we pointed out in Ken Ham and Billy Graham, the two of them never met, and Graham never supported Hambo’s creationism. Anyway, here’s Hambo’s book at Amazon: Gospel Reset: Salvation Made Relevant. They say it was published by Master Books. Oh, it has one review, and that gives it five stars.

We’ll ignore the contents of the book. You already know what ol’ Hambo has to say on everything. Instead, we’ll consider the publisher. We’ve only encountered that name a few times before, always in connection with ol’ Hambo’s books. In one of our earlier posts, WorldNetDaily on the Nye-Ham Debate, we said:

The publisher is Master Books, described at their website as “the world’s largest publisher of creation-based material.” They also say: “Dr. Henry Morris and Tim LaHaye pioneered the formation of Master Books® in 1975.”

So we searched for their website — here it is: Master Books. They’re part of New Leaf Publishing. Their website says: “In 1996, New Leaf Press bought Master Books, also established in 1975 by the late Dr. Henry Morris and Tim LaHaye as what has come to be known as the largest publishing house in the world that publishes creation-based material exclusively. … With a strong vision and a powerful mission statement as its guide, Master Books stands uncompromisingly on God’s inerrant Word.” A link to their Submit a Manuscript page tells us:

Please note: We are not a vanity press, so we do not serve clients wanting print-on-demand (self-publishing) options or reprints. If you have already self-published your book and you are looking for a distributor, that is not a service we provide. If it is a self-published project you would like us to consider publishing, please submit an author proposal regarding it, making note it has been self-published.

So New Leaf isn’t a vanity press — although they will consider publishing books that have already been self-published. Their information about Master Books says essentially the same thing. Among their distinguished authors, besides Hambo, is Ray Comfort.

Hambo’s book isn’t self-published — strictly speaking — it’s in that twilight zone where books like those from the Discovery Institute Press can be found — which imitate the process of book publishing for creationist authors. Vanity press authors don’t pretend to be other than what they are, so they deserve more respect.

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7 responses to “Ken Ham — Self-Published Genius?

  1. Michael Fugate

    A book with the goal of convincing people to buy more of his books. It is just more of the same old crap – “you must believe everything I believe to be a true Christian”. “If you believe evolution is true, then Christianity is false.”
    Nonsense on stilts as usual.
    He even has coined the inane word “De-Greekize”.

  2. I prefer Alex Comfort to Ray Comfort.

  3. Slightly off topic, but Bill Nye special to be aired on PBS:
    Bill Nye takes on creationists and science deniers

  4. (Ken Ham talking about another book he’s written) (extracts from new Ken Ham book ‘Gospel Reset’) (another preview which also includes most of the book’s Conclusion*)

    Just today this enemy of science and knowledge (who not only claims that deep time and evolution are ‘lies’ – and also claims that evolution is a ‘religion’ – but also for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with the gospel attacks climate change science) posted this on his Facebook page:
    “Evolution is a ludicrous belief. Dolphins are related to hippos and seals are relatives of dogs (that’s so obvious!). Manatees are related to elephants (yep, so similar!). How could creationists believe God created separate kinds just like we observe? 🙂

    Billy Graham – who Ham mentions in his new book and in the above video interview with one of his staff – was not a science hating fraud and bigot that claimed, falsely, “science confirms the Bible” (all that can really be said is that science does not rule out a God and that it has revealed that Earth is very unusual in the known universe). (Not only ‘the Bible’ but science doesn’t remotely confirm the ADDITIONAL claims of young earth creationism either.)

    Young earth creationism claims to be returning to the original gospel message. Maybe. But the original gospel/Christian/Bible message did NOT claim that eg the Grand Canyon was formed during the Genesis flood. It was NOT btw and there was NO literally worldwide flood 4,500 years ago either, as Christians who are geologists but not ‘young earth’ creationists agree:

    Click to access Nr38Reasons.pdf

    This is a right wing businessman who arguably has hi-jacked Christianity in order to make a name for himself and sell books and open Bible theme parks and ‘museums’ to attract Christians in America who are ignorant of or indifferent towards science. He has a different understanding of ‘truth’ to both all those who genuinely love science and the scientific method and also many honest Christians who are equally keen to reach the lost but are not prepared to make stuff up and diss science to make the task easier in a ‘modern’ culture.

    In the book’s Conclusion (most of which can be read at the Amazon link though unfortunately page 111 is missing) Ham refers to claimed ‘scientific evidences that disprove’ that Genesis ‘be taken as literal history’ and asserts that these are ‘so-called evidences’ that have been dealt with by the likes of Answers in Genesis. If you are unfamiliar with how Ken Ham operates you may well find his word eg on page 112 disturbing. If you are familiar with Mr Ham you will probably not be surprised by them.

  5. My comment (it awaits moderation due to links) is reproduced from an email I sent last week.

  6. David K – that Washington Post article wasn’t very impressive: