Hambo’s Incredible, Wonderful, Fantastic New Book

This is certain to be the most amazing news you’re ever going learn about. We found it 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. It’s titled Ken Ham Releases Unique Commentary on Genesis 1–11, and it was written by ol’ Hambo himself — well, not quite. It begins with an Editor’s note which informs us:

This article was adapted from a news release that was recently distributed to the media.

That’s good to know, because it explains the peculiar style of Hambo’s post. Okay, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Prolific author, popular speaker and Ark Encounter visionary [Wow!] Ken Ham has released his newest book Creation to Babel: A Commentary for Families.

That was a link to the book at Hambo’s website. Here it is at Amazon. Okay, let’s keep going. Hambo says:

Between offering penetrating commentary [Penetrating!] and devotional thoughts on the most scrutinized section of the Bible, Genesis chapters 1–11, Creation to Babel tackles today’s most-asked questions about the book of beginnings and addresses the pressing issues of our day, such as:

Can you find evolution in Genesis? [Yes. See Is Evolution in the Bible?]

Where did the different “races” come from?

Why are there diseases like COVID in God’s creation?

Are Genesis chapters 1 and Genesis 2 different or contradictory accounts of creation?

Who was Cain’s wife? and many more.

What an amazing list! At last, dear reader, you can get answers to the questions that have tormented you all your life! Isn’t this exciting? Okay, let’s keep going. Hambo tells us:

Ham, founder and CEO of the apologetics organization Answers in Genesis and its popular attractions the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, declared: “Our culture has strayed far from its Christian foundations. Families are finding it more difficult than ever to train their children in truth. Our new book presents what most readers would naturally expect from AiG as we defend the historicity of Genesis, but it also offers devotional and theological insights on how to think and live in a challenging world.”

Verily, this might the greatest book in the world — after the bible, of course. Hambo’s post continues:

Ham added: “There’s never been a Bible commentary quite like this one. It’s an apologetics book written at a level that parents can easily use in teaching their children and teens. In addition, Sunday schools and Christian schools will find the book useful in proclaiming the biblical worldview starting with Genesis.”

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. There’s more, but you’ve probably had enough by now, so we’ll skip to the end for this last excerpt:

Creation to Babel: A Commentary for Families equips families and Christian leaders to trust the Bible and discover why Genesis 1–11 is such a foundational, practical part of the Bible.

We know you can’t wait to buy the thing, so go right ahead — and tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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9 responses to “Hambo’s Incredible, Wonderful, Fantastic New Book

  1. I’m sure everyone would rather have the Big Kahuna in the sky itself explain the Bible instead of Ken. Gee I wonder why Ken has to do it instead.

  2. First question: how proficient is Ken Ham in archaic Hebrew?

    Because if he has not acquired a deep understanding of that language, he has no right to interpret the text of Genesis. And that’s just the first step.

    He must also be deeply read in comparative religion and mythology, and have an intimate knowledge of the archaeology and recorded history of the region, gained from close and extensive study of the learned literature, including the primary sources. He must be thoroughly familiar with the known customs and culture of the peoples of the Bible. If he differs from the scholarly consensus on the origin, provenance or meaning of the text, he must be able to show at least intra-textual evidence for his opinion, but preferably other evidence from other sources. He must be capable of critical evaluation of all sources – more, he must actually carry out this critical evaluation and assessment. He must do this in public, by repeated publication with peer-review, which must assess his work as at least capable and consonant with known fact.

    But as we know, Ken Ham has no such capabilities, qualifications or history. He has no scholarly or academic background in the field whatsoever. If he has learned anything about it at all, it is self-taught, but he has never claimed even that much. He has never published a word – until now – of serious exegesis or analysis of the text, never a word about its provenance or origins bar a blank assertion that it is the Word of God.

    In other words, anything Ken Ham has to say about Genesis is the uninformed opinion of a deeply ignorant and prejudiced mind, made worse by its arrogant pretentions to understanding. I would call it completely worthless – no, worse than worthless, for it will only contribute to ignorance – but for one disgusting fact: Ham will be able to sell it for money. He is doing that very thing, and he will find some buyers. A thing is worth what a buyer will give for it.

    Worse, to the demographic who will buy it, Ham’s intransigent ignorance is a feature, not a bug. He ain’t no fancy-dan ivory tower perfesser, he’s a man of God!

    What on earth can be said to that?

  3. He’s got too much sunk into his boat to back down now. A rare case of an unsinkable boat being sunk into. Unsinkable only because they dare not let in anywhere near water.

  4. @Dave Luckett
    Why should one chose one reading of the Bible over another? You suggest one, based on scholarship. That sounds reasonable to me. Another might be to follow what most Christians for most of the time thought. And there are other possibilities. Whatever, why should I chose what one person says? Do any of these preachers address this question?

    If I were a student in a Bible school, at some time the thought would occur to me: I know that the teachers would lose their job if they said something contrary to the owners of the school.

  5. >First question: how proficient is Ken Ham in archaic Hebrew?

    I ‘ear he speaks Hebrew with an Australian accent, mate.

  6. @TomS:

    I know that the teachers would lose their job if they said something contrary to the owners of the school.

    Yep, that would be our old buddy Willie Dembski, aka Doctor Doctor, who had the temerity to propose that Noah’s Flood was a “local event.” Even after he was shown the instruments of torture and recanted, he was sacked from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. Not fluddy enough, apparently.

  7. He recanted faster than me flipping the dial if I see Howard Stern’s face.

  8. bewilderbeast

    Book by Ham; Blurb by Ham; News release by Ham; Post by Ham; Editor’s Note by Ham; I won’t be buying it; Nor will I be “buying it.”

  9. Interesting he name drops Bill Nye, but I’m curious did he debate Bill Nye a second time? I’m thinking that is just the time Nye toured the ark and maybe answered a couple of questions. But wow that’s some great mileage they got out of that one, though everyone knows he lost!

    (e.g., his two famous debates with Bill Nye “The Science Guy”).

    Of course the book is a work of sophomoric genius, concentrate on the superlatives of the entertaining mythology and quit before the boring begat tree begins. Well done Hambo!