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Christians Hope to Prove Bible’s Truth With Ark

Christians Hope to Prove Bible’s Truth With Ark


If you believe in the literal truth of the Bible (as, according to a recent study, 3 in 10 Americans do), Kentucky is the place to be.  In addition to a Creationism Museum, a group of religious organizations are building a Bible-themed amusement park called Ark Encounter, which is receiving a 75% tax break from the state.  The centerpiece of the park will be a replica of Noah’s Ark, the legendary ship built to house two of every animal during the 40-day flood recounted in the Book of Genesis.  This, project leaders say, should go a long way toward dispelling widely held notions that the Bible is not, in fact, literally true.

“The message here is, God’s word is true,” said project leader Mike Zovath. “There’s a lot of doubt: ‘Could Noah have built a boat this big, could he have put all the animals on the boat?’ Those are questions people all over the country ask.”

The ark will be built mostly by Amish carpenters from Indiana.  It’s unclear whether they will be using techniques exclusively from several thousand years B.C.E., to be as “authentic” as possible.  It will also not be the first replica of the Ark ever built.  And certainly, the building time will not take as long as the original Ark’s creation; according to Jewish rabbinical tradition, Noah spent 120 years building it (they lived longer in those days).

My question is why this single episode in the book of Genesis has been isolated as the dramatic proof of the Bible’s truth.  Perhaps it’s because of the familiarity of the story, or maybe it’s simply because it can actually be done.  God’s instructions for building the Ark in Genesis 6 are vague, and it could – perhaps – hold 4,000 animals, although that is nowhere near the number of bird species in the world, much less “every living thing, of all flesh.”

The state of Kentucky is banking on Ark Encounter to bring in significant tourist dollars.  That’s likely, given the scale of the project.  But will it sway more people to embrace the Bible’s literal truth?  I have to believe that anyone who looks at any other part of the Bible — or even examines the details of the Noah story — will find the Ark Encounter convincing.

From my perspective, it’s much harder to imagine God speaking to a 500-year-old man, who then builds a giant ark with only the help of his three sons, than it is to believe that such an ark could, theoretically, be built using twenty-first century techniques.  It’s doubtful that this Ark will be seen as anything except a dramatic and expensive piece of religious theater.

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11:57AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Arent most people who live in Kentucky living in poverty? Yet money is spent on this shit?

11:51AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

How ironic. People are building an ark that is supposed to save all the animals on earth but we continue to kill animals for no apparent reason otherwise. Crazy religions.

11:50AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

There is no way you are going to make a boat big enough to put over 8.8 million animals (the number of species believed to be on this earth) on (double that if both male and female are brought on as the bible says). You are all crazy. But if want to waste your time and money, go for it. But please, use the boards made out of the "trex" material so that thousands of trees don't have to be killed for your simple minded games.

6:25AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

I hope that they finish the project.

3:13AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

it's been done before, i mean since noah.
are these people expecting a flood?

10:41AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

I see the building of this structure as symbolism for in the original story, God was using Noah to build it for the protection of the animals and plant life(plus his family) from the flood that was going to eradicate the life God had made that now He no longer wanted: the human race had become corrupted and the flood was to erase the sinful human beings; much like the evil times we have now. Perhaps when the Kentucky ark is finished, something monumental will strike the earth.

7:59AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

I honestly don't understand how people can allow themselves to become so brainwashed by erroneous thinking! Noah's Ark is a myth, and logically is a completely untenable proposition-- even a cursory look at available scholarship will easily prove this.

Yet these people persist in their delusions!

11:48PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Impresarios will be able to stage regular performances of the musical,"Two by Two", charge admission and clean up!

10:45PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

The only way that thing will make money is when they turn it into a hotel.

8:00PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

You guys have fun with that, I wish you all a safe voyage....... Far, far, far from the rest of us!

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