This one is difficult to figure out, so we’re looking for your reactions. It’s the latest from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. We found it at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry. The title of Hambo’s post is Where Are All the Children?. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
We’re losing the younger generations from the US church. [Gasp!] The world is capturing them. [Huh?] You will be excited to learn what AiG is doing about this — and what comes next.
This sounds serious! Hambo says:
Consider these shocking statistics from the USA: [Two charts are displayed.] In 2010, the Pew Research Center found millennial church attendance was down to 18%. [That’s low!] Now, in 2018, GSS Data Explorer showed church attendance with the younger generations was down to 11.3%. [Wow!] And it’s much worse in the rest of the Western world.
We’ve blogged about this before — see this one from nine years ago: Ken Ham: Everybody’s Leaving His Church, #2. We speculated that people were fleeing because the stuff Hambo was teaching was so bizarre. Anyway, the situation is getting worse, so he tells us:
Sadly, as I’ve said many times, much of the church and many church families have not raised up the younger generations to stand boldly and uncompromisingly on God’s Word beginning in Genesis. There’s been a great neglect in teaching apologetics (i.e., answers to the skeptical attacks on God’s Word in today’s world) and in teaching a truly Christian worldview so that they know what they believe and why. And this neglect (along with rampant compromise with evolutionary ideas) has greatly contributed to the generational loss from the church.
Yeah, evolution is a big problem. He continues:
So, the above statistics can make us feel depressed and disheartened. But I want to encourage you. [We’re ready!!] Recently I put together a list of what the Lord has burdened [Burdened?] Answers in Genesis to provide to help parents in their task of raising “godly offspring.” I was actually amazed when I realized all we are doing through this ministry to impact children and teens. AiG provides many other resources as well. But look at what is provided for the younger generations:
What follows is a long list of Hambo’s activities — all of which generate revenue for AIG: books, “educatinoal” programs, seminars, and of course the Ark and the Museum. After that list he says:
I feel exhausted just going through that list! There’s so much more I could write. But now let me share something exciting. [We’re ready!]
AiG was given the funds from a family foundation to finish the lower level of the Answers Center with flexible rooms to help provide more programs for children and teens. [Sounds creepy!] The Explore programs and high school labs at the Creation Museum are usually booked out, leading many parents pleading with us to have more availability for their kids. Also, because many parents who don’t live in our area have asked for lab-intensive programs — we can now offer those programs one-week labs for high schoolers. (We couldn’t accommodate such a program at the small lab at the Creation Museum.)
What a great place to dump the kids for a week! Let’s read on:
In the lower level of the Ark’s Answers Center, a large room was constructed for a laboratory to seat 48 students. The funds donated do not include lab equipment — but the spaces are ready for it! It will cost $500,000 to equip this lab. [Wow!] This money is needed for microscopes and stereoscopes, general lab equipment (glassware, dissection kits, safety ware, chemicals), a safety chemical cabinet, portable vacuum hood, lab stations for 48 students (benches and stools), cabinets for the walls, smartboard, monitors, AV, and special blue tooth devices with sensors for data analysis — a phenomenal teaching tool for the students. We already have one supporter who gave us seed money of $100,000 to encourage others to give.
This stuff is really amazing. Here’s another excerpt:
The purchase of this lab equipment is vital to these important programs for children and teens at the Ark Encounter to hear the message that there is no real “science vs. the Bible” conflict. (In fact, scientists like Newton, Faraday, and Pasteur were Bible-believing Christians!)
Got that? Science doesn’t conflict with the bible — that is, true science doesn’t conflict. And now we come to the end:
We need to teach a biblical worldview to as many of the younger generations as we can. Parents want and need our help. We’re so grateful for your prayers and gifts to help us complete the funding [Link omitted!] of this exciting laboratory project!
In other words, send all your money to Hambo. And when you do, tell ’em you were encouraged by the Curmudgeon.
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