#POPChrist Goes to the Ark Encounter — Part I: Ken Ham’s Parking Lot

In this series of posts, I will walk you through the Ark Encounter, then the Creation Museum and give you my impressions of both exhibits. In the next three posts, my plan is to walk you through each of the Ark’s three decks which are themed according to pre-flood, flood, and post-flood exhibits respectively. Then, I will follow with a post or two on the Creation Museum.

You can get a combo pass to both exhibits for $60 which gives you a full day to explore the Ark and 2 days to explore the Creation Museum. Joel and I went to both in a single day.

We arrived at the Ark Encounter around 10 am and disembARKed a few hours later before we headed for the Creation Museum. The two sites are about 45 minutes apart. We stayed at the Best Western in Georgetown about 40 minutes south of The Ark Encounter — hotel rates were cheaper and it was meeting point close to equidistant from our homes in Ontario and Alabama.img_1182

Upon arrival, I will admit that I was a little disappointed that there were no protestors singing “Big Wooden Boat” when I arrived at Ken Ham’s parking lot. Having arrived early, we waited in a short line to purchase our tickets to both exhibits. From entry to exit, the Ark Encounter staff were cheerful, friendly, and helpful. Continue reading “#POPChrist Goes to the Ark Encounter — Part I: Ken Ham’s Parking Lot”

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Ken Ham’s Doctrine of Accelerated Evolution or Supranatural Selection

One of the strangest elements of the teaching of Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis (and that’s saying something when you are talking about people who insist human beings and dinosaurs co-existed) is that with all the fuss they make over the theory of evolution, their position entails the acceptance of an accelerated evolutionary model.

Ham and the folks at AiG insist that the earth (and, indeed, the cosmos) is less than 7,000 years old. The cosmos originated in 4004 BC or 0 anno mundi (See their time-lines.) In keeping with their literalist interpretation of Genesis 1-11 and based on the well-known Noah story, they also insist that there was a global flood in 2348 BC. During this flood, Noah rescued 7,000 “kinds” of animals. Kinds should not be confused with the modern scientifc term species. Nevertheless, from these 7,000 kinds (which included some dinosaurs) all the land animals, aviary animals, and most of the amphibious animals are descended. Continue reading “Ken Ham’s Doctrine of Accelerated Evolution or Supranatural Selection”