Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter

img_20160923_145217Critics of the Creation Museum say that it presents a “pseudoscientific” young earth creationist view of the origins of the earth and universe “even though scientific evidence shows the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and the Universe about 13.8 billion years old.” I hate taking a side in this fight. My argument is that the age of the earth is one of the least important details one can hope to glean from a study of scripture (and in point of fact the Bible does not say how old the earth is).

I can empathize with Ken Ham’s motives for organizing Answers in Genesis and desiring to build a Creation Museum. As a science  teacher in the 1970’s, Ham would take his students on field trips to places like museums of natural history. While there is much to learn about archeology and anthropology from such a museum visit, evolutionary processes and geologic time scales are accepted as fact without question. Ham moved from Australia to the United States where the population of conservative Christians is much higher and began Answers in Genesis in a small storefront office. The idea of a creationist museum was in the back of his mind for a long time. Continue reading

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Noah: The Movie

I must be the only blogger left that hasn’t had something to say about the Noah film currently playing in theaters. Nope, haven’t seen it so I can’t write a review. I can say with certainty that the film does not represent an accurate retelling of the biblical story of Noah found in Genesis. The filmmakers were clear about that from the beginning, so the claims movie goers are being lied to is exaggerated. This infographic attempts to clarify some actual facts regarding the true story of Noah:

Noah, the true story

The Noah movie has incredible graphics and a dramatic story. The list of facts above is biblically accurate but boring. Is there a compromise?

Presenting for your viewing enjoyment: The True Story of Noah

I give this film 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Come Visit Noah’s Ark

Well, sort of.  This is a full size replica of the ark based on the dimensions given in the Bible.  The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 wide.  A cubit is about 18 inches.  Think of 2 cubits as 1 yard.  So an ark 150 cubits long would be about 75 yards in length, 2/3 the size of a football field.  A host of animals greet visitors as they enter, but the petting zoo is not quite finished on top.  (no joke)

To visit this ark, you will have to travel to the Netherlands.  Dutch architect Johan Huibers built the ark, and yes it appears to be floating in water.  Thank you Bethany Toranto for the story.  She has quite a few more pictures up as well.  Hey, I’d rather see the ark than the Creation Museum, but to each his own.