Young earth ministry Answers in Genesis opened their $100 million dollar ark exhibit in Williamstown, KY on 7 July 2016. This page contains links, and short commentary, about the Ark Encounter, it's financing, the science of the Ark, the science and the Flood, and general news articles.
While many old earth creationists accept the Noah story as factual, the Ark Encounter promotes young earth creationism, and a global flood, which is not scientifically supported by any evidence. This new attraction multiplies the growing rift between young earth creationism and science, is bad for the church as a whole.
Ark Encounter Reviews
My Review of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter Theme Park - Very thorough review from a blogger, with pictures
Ark Park is Impressive Woodcraft, But it's "Facts" Don't Hold Water (Review by a Christian on Kentucky.com
More coming soon
Ark FinancingThe ark was financed with $28 million in donations, and $62 million in TIFs, through unsecured bonds. In addition, AiG will receive $18 million in tax rebates, and the workers at the ark will pay a 2% income tax, that goes directly to pay off the ark.
Contrary to Ken Ham's claim, the ark is mostly paid for via tax money. He claims it was not constructed with tax money, which is only a half-truth. True, the $62 million bond money is not tax money, but tax money pays off the bonds. Tax money did not build the ark up front...its just paying off the ark construction costs down the road.
If Ham had been honest up front, and explained that tax money would pay for the ark, the public outcry would have been far worse, so he hid the truth in order to sway public opinion.
Answers in Genesis Wins Tax Battle, Christians Lose - OEM, 28 January.
Ark ScienceOld Earth Ministries, and many old earth Christians, accept the story of Noah's ark as real, although we believe in a local flood, as opposed to a global flood, for which there is no scientific evidence. This collection of articles addresses the Ark Encounter, and previous young earth claims about the Ark.
Two of Every Kind - Answers Magazine claim about the 'kind' argument
Ark Study Flawed - An expose of a faulty study of the ark by young earth creationists
Noah's Ark Does Not Prove a Young Earth - Rebuttal of a popular young earth claim
Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study - A review of this young earth book
If All Elephants and Other Proboscideans are "One Kind", Why Can't All Primates be "One Kind"? - A great question to ponder
Noah's Floating Zoo - by Dr. Hugh Ross. Offsite. Opens a new browser window
Refuting Compromise, Chapter 8 - Rebuttal to "The Global Flood and Noah's Ark"
The Answers Book, Chapter 13 - Rebuttal to "How Did the Animals Fit on Noah's Ark?"
General NewsThe ark has generated a lot of articles. This is just a sampling.
Freedom from Religion Foundation Urges IRS to Investigate Ark Encounter - Huffington Post, updated 20 January.
Noah's Ark Rises in Kentucky, Dinosaurs and All - Newsweek Magazine. Details AiG's plans to use tax money to fund the ark. 16 January 2016
Newsweek - or "News-Weak"? - Ken Ham's child-like response to the Newsweek article - 18 January
Ken Ham is Wrong; Newsweek’s Article About His Noah’s Ark Theme Park was Accurate - Patheos - 19 January
New Faith-Based Job Listing at Ark Encounter Proves Kentucky Was Lied To - Patheos, 26 November.
This section of articles addresses the science behind the young earth global flood model, and presents old earth alternatives (a local flood)
Where Was the Flood of Noah? - Presents the Caspian Sea scenario
Carbon Dioxide and the Flood - Absolute proof that Noah's Flood did not cause an Ice Age
Flood Legends - Do 270+ flood legends from cultures all over the world support a young earth?
The Defeat of Flood Geology by Flood Geology - Article by Phil Senter, originally published by the National Center for Science Education
Problems With A Global Flood - Scientific reasoning showing why a global flood is impossible
The Genesis Flood: Why the Bible says it Must be Local, by Rich Deem
How Should We Interpret the Genesis Flood Account? From the theistic evolution website BioLogos.
Why I Think the Local Flood Interpretation Is More Plausible - By Evan Minton
Green River Formation and the Flood- A weak attempt to tie this varve formation to the global flood model
The Navajo Sandstone - Another young earth flood theory with insurmountable problems
Noah’s Flood – Is the Young Earth Model for Noah’s Flood right?
The Hydroplate Theory - A review of this young earth theory
Catastrophism, or Uniformitarianism? - What's the difference? Not as much as you think!
The Waters of the Flood - Was it Global or Local?
Noah's Flood: A Bird's Eye View - More support for a Local Flood event
Giant's Causeway - Volcanic Evidence of Noah's Flood?
Flood Geology's Abominable Mystery - Examines the fossil record of plant pollen and spores in light of the predictions of flood and standard geology
Mid-Ocean Ridges Record Dozens of Ice Ages over Millions of Years From Age of Rocks.
Flood Geology of the Mountains of Ararat - Age of Rocks
Coconino Sandstone – This rock formation in the Grand Canyon area is said to have been formed by the Flood of Noah. However, the authors missed some key contradictions
The Desert Problem – All it takes is one wind-deposited desert in the geologic record to disprove the young earth model
The Floating Forest Theory Sinks - Young-earth creationists have proposed that there were floating forests to explain the coal beds that we see in the strata today. This article logically sinks this theory
Chalk from Noah’s Flood? – Young-earth scientists claim that all chalk layers were produced during the Flood. However, can the Flood even produce chalk?
Stratigraphy - Or, can the Global Flood of Noah produce all the rock layers we see in the Grand Canyon?
Dinosaur Evidences for an Old Earth - Dinosaurs prove that Noah’s Flood did not kill the dinosaurs
Dinosaur Extinction – Can the young-earth model explain dinosaur extinction?
30 Year Secret? - A bunch of mammoths, killed in a flood, prove nothing about a global flood
The Permian Extinction - Is it evidence for Noah's Flood?
Human Fossils – Young-earth proponents claim there would not be any human fossils from the Flood of Noah. Can this be true?
Buried Birth – Do rapidly buried fossils prove a young earth?
Insect Beds – Do fossil insects give evidence of Noah’s Flood?
The Fossil Record – Are old-earth theories weakened by a changing fossil record?
Why the Flood is not Global - Examines fossil and other evidence
Canyon Deception – Can a modern canyon that formed in six days give evidence of the Flood being able to create the Grand Canyon?
Missing Rivers – Do absence of Canyon forming rivers mean anything?
Creationist Stratigraphy – Is such a thing feasible?
Redwood Hoax? – Redwood Trees provide no evidence for Noah’s Flood
Joggins Fossil Cliffs – Are fossil trees proof of Noah’s Flood?
Yellowstone Petrified Forests – Rebuttal of the Petrified forest theory
God's Broken Promise? - If Noah's Flood was local, then do local floods today mean that God broke his promise not to flood the earth again?
Universality of the Flood - Does the universal implications of the flood account support only the young earth viewpoint?
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