Monday, June 03, 2013

Ken Ham Wants to Show the Plausibility of the Worldwide Flood

Mary Wisniewski of Reuters has written a story on the PR message behind the new "Ark Encounter" Noah's Ark theme park (what Barry Lynn calls the "Ark-'n-Park") in Petersburg, Kentucky.  She writes:
What is "gopher wood"? How did Noah fit all those animals on the boat? And how did he stand the smell?

In an office park in Hebron, Kentucky, the designers of the proposed "Ark Encounter" theme park are trying to answer questions like these in order to build faith in the Bible's literal accuracy. The project has run into delays because of lack of financing, which could cost it millions in potential tax breaks. Despite the uncertainty, a recent Reuters preview of the project showed that plans for the ark are continuing.

"We're basically presenting what the Bible has to say and showing how plausible it was," said Patrick Marsh, design director for the park, which will feature a 500-foot-long wooden ark and other Old Testament attractions, including a Tower of Babel and a "Ten Plagues" ride. "This was a real piece of history - not just a story, not just a legend."

The project is currently in the design phase. Not enough private donations have come in to start construction, and building permits will not be ready until November, according to Ark Encounter co-founder and Senior Vice President Michael Zovath.
For those that think that the worldwide flood model is plausible, I would recommend Mark Isaak's Problems With a Global Flood, which pretty much destroys any possibility of that model being correct, and doesn't even cover everything that other writers have written.  I would also recommend Carol Hill's article on the flood.  She writes:
No geologic evidence whatsoever exists for a universal flood, flood geology, or the canopy theory. Modern geologists, hydrologists, paleontologists, and geophysicists know exactly how the different types of sedimentary rock form, how fossils form and what they represent, and how fast the continents are moving apart...
Wisniewski spends a bit of the column asking some of the hard questions that have bedeviled supporters of the global flood model for years such as how they used gopher wood when gopher wood doesn't show up until quite a ways up the geological column and how all of the animals got where they were supposed to go (and back).

Toward the end of the article, there is a section in which one of the designers, Paul Marsh, intimates that, while they are trying to promote a biblical message, the project is a for-profit endeavor and that secular amusement park models are being used to effect this.  Wisniewski writes:
In the exhibit depicting the wicked pre-Flood society that God wanted to destroy, for example, Marsh plans a pagan temple with pagan ceremonies done in a "Disneyesque" way.

"You want everyone to have fun and buy souvenirs and have a good time, but you also want to tell everybody how terrible everything (was)," Marsh said.
It sounds like the only thing missing is the "Ark Waterslide."

"Be a clone and kiss conviction goodnight.  Cloneliness is next to Godliness, Right?"  -Steve Taylor

The Disney-ization of Christianity continues. Would it be wrong to pray that the private donations do not come in?

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