Is This Good News or Bad News?

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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14 responses to “Is This Good News or Bad News?

  1. What on earth are they going to do with lab equipment? Creationists don’t do research.

  2. Given that the Bible is the ultimate source of truth in all things, I would expect that there would be instruction in the Biblical languages. Kids can learn languages. Are they teaching Biblical Hebrew and Greek with at least as much attention as microscopes and dissection kits? They can read the word of God without the intermediary translators.

  3. Dave Luckett

    Excellent question, TomS. As we both know, the thorny questions involved in translating ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and koine Greek are far more apposite to studying the Bible than looking at pollywogs through microscopes or
    confirming that there is no self-powering system. Studying the history of the culture in which the texts were bedded, its institutions and influences, would also be useful for understanding them, but Ham is not teaching that, either.

    Why not? Why, because that would be to give the impression that any English translation could be misleading in subtle ways, unless the full meaning of the words to an ancient Hebrew or Greek were appreciated. Worse, it might convey the idea that the texts themselves were products of a human culture, written in a human language, using a script and materials of human origins. Of course that is anathema, to the Ham mind.

    Having a full knowledge of what all the text actually says also restricts the amount of material Ham can interpolate or leave out, as he pleases. Time and again we have observed his habit of doing that.

    As with all things Ham, what it comes down to is what benefits Ham. Having fancy-dan lab equipment, no matter what use – or non-use – he puts it to, is a selling point that can generate income. If he can manage to get it paid for by someone else, so much the better. It’s all pure profit, then. So what this comes down to, as with most things he does, is a pitch for money.

  4. Dave Luckett

    Reading the statistics, even the ones Ham refers to, it’s clear that short of another great revival, formal Christian observance is in a death spiral, even in the US, perhaps two generations after it reached that stage in the other western democracies. Future historians will ponder the cause or causes, but that doesn’t alter the facts.

    That doesn’t mean that Christianity is losing all influence over what was formerly Christendom. I like to think that the supposed central values of Christianity were transmitted to the societies it dominated for so long, despite the wretchedly poor job done by the formal Churches to inculcate them. But I would have to agree that humanism was probably a more immediate cause. Still, humanism itself arose out of Christian societies.

    Whatever, Ham is a relic. There’s still money to be made, and he is doing a bang-up job making what there is, but as he is becoming aware, he’s pushing it uphill with a pointed stick, as we say in my country. And the gradient is increasing. Well, good.

  5. Is the Intelligent Designer sending us a sign of His/Her/Its/Their displeasure?

    Galápagos rock formation Darwin’s Arch collapses from erosion

  6. Whenever I see a natural arch, I think of Irreducible Complexity.

  7. Megalonyx, I’m waiting for some creationist outfit to claim that it’s a sign from above.

  8. Jason Caulfield

    $500,000 to equip his lab? At my last position at Bristol University, we kitted our lab out (four tissue culture hoods, incubators, freezers, microscopes, plate readers etc) for £100,000. is there anything (or anyone) this poor excuse of a man cannot use to exploit for material profit!

  9. I’m thinking people like Ol Hambo are a big driver for young people deciding to reject the church. Fundamentalism is for the completely uneducatable. Evangelism sucked a lot of people in previous generations but the hypocrisy has worn thin for those capable of comparing their behavior with their fairytales.

  10. Irreducible Complexity has nothing to do whatsoever with natural arches.
    Geology has nothing to do with irreducible complexity. Which is rubbish.

  11. I suspect the term “Irreducible Complexity” was a predictive text error for when some Discoveroid attempted to type “Irreducible Perplexity”–that is, their doctrine that if something is too perplexing for current science to fully explain, then it is an inexplicable God-shaped gap in which the Intelligent Designer resides.

    It is derived from another Creationist rubric: Since Science can’t fully explain everything, Science can’t explain anything, therefore Goddit.

  12. Are people fleeing only Hambone’s favorite god creature churches, or also those of Hindus, Muslims and fans of other sky fairies.
    As for laboratory studies, I’m pretty sure Hambone won’t cover things such as radio chemical dating and the cosmic background radiation. In short, I doubt anyone’s understanding of the universe will be improved by Hambone’s “science courses”. But maybe the kids can use the microscopes to look for bamboo fibers in pages of modern physics books.

  13. AH Mr Beastwood sir. I hear a riff on a certain vote “audit” that is currently underway. Clever indeed. I would love to see the science test scores of the folks that came up with the “bamboo” meme on the “audit”

  14. Charles Deetz ;)

    500,000 dollars to buy green screens?