Look at the alluring title of the latest post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. The title is Your Ark Questions Answered. Seriously, dear reader, how could we resist that?
Actually, we don’t have too many ark questions. We pretty much satisfied ourselves years ago that the whole thing is nothing more than a children’s tale. Over the years, the most clicked-on post at our humble blog is Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology.
But the title of Hambo’s post certainly got our attention. We hope it’s not too much of a spoiler if we tell you that it turned out to be a big disappointment — and when we say big, we mean really big. We’ll let you judge for yourself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
How did Noah fit the animals on the ark? Would the ark really have floated? What evidence is there that this event actually happened? These are some of the common questions we’re asked by skeptics and others about the biblical account of the global flood.
So far, so good. You’re hooked, aren’t you? So were we. Then he says:
We answer these questions, and many more, throughout the Ark Encounter [Link omitted.] and the Creation Museum [Link omitted.] in Northern Kentucky as well as on our website. There are good answers to these questions!
Well, what are the answers? Come on, Hambo! *Curmudgeon pauses and calms himself down* Okay, we’re under control. Hambo tells us:
For example, did you know Noah wasn’t commanded to take two of every species on the ark, as skeptics often claim? Only two of every land-dwelling, air-breathing kind (seven pairs of some). [Ooooooooooooh! Kind, not species!] That means he only had to take fewer than 1,400 kinds on the ark (actually the number could be as low as around 1,000), or under 7,000 individual animals (that’s even including the now-extinct kinds!). It’s really a simple answer to a very common question!
Amazing, huh? Want more answers? Sure you do. He continues:
Tim Chaffey, the content manager for the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, recently sat down with Billy Hallowell, the host of PureTalk, a Pure Flix interview program (you can find this show on Facebook [Link omitted.]), to answer all the questions I mentioned above.
That means you’re not going to get the answers here. Let’s read on:
They also discussed the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave and Tim’s battle with cancer. It’s an encouraging and equipping conversation.
That’s nice. Does Hambo tell us anything else? Here’s another excerpt:
This interview was filmed at our Ark Encounter [Link omitted.] and is part of the “Answering Atheists” series produced by the leading faith and family video streaming service Pure Flix. I encourage you to watch it below: [Video at Hambo’s post.]
No answers yet — just a bunch of links to click on. Exciting, huh? The rest of Hambo’s post is promotion for Pure Flix videos, so we’re done with it. And now you know why we found Hambo’s post to be such a disappointment.
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