A 510-foot-long, or 155 metre if you prefer, “replica” of Noah’s Ark has been built by a creationist group in Kentucky for the cost of around $100 million. Oh boy.
The ark was built by creationist group Answers in Genesis, led by Ken Ham, who believe the biblical story actually happened and that the ark will stand as proof of that as well as proof that all the other stories in the bible are true.
Er how exactly? That’s not how proof works. All it shows is that you built a 510-foot-long boat and even then I don’t know if it is a boat because I have no idea if it is sea worthy, until then it is a 510-foot-long wooden structure in the shape of a boat. That’s still an impressive feat and it looks brilliant, certainly something to be proud of. It’s not proof though.
However here’s my favourite part, the ark is laid out with museum-style exhibits inside with displays showing Noah’s family and rows of cages containing animal replicas and dinosaurs for you see Answers in Genesis believe that the world is only about 6,000 years-old and dinosaurs lived at the same time as man (there’s like 65 million years separating the two). Wouldn’t it just be easier to have dinosaur eggs as opposed to like two T-Rex’s? Would save a lot of space.
As you can imagine some groups aren’t happy such as an atheist group in the area called Tri-State Freethinkers who argue that it will have a negative impact on science education. From my limited knowledge of the American education system the debate of evolution vs creationism in science lessons is fairly big issue so I guess when you have what is effectively a church masquerading as a museum it’s a real worry.
I’ve never understood Noah’s Ark, especially the two of every animal part. Were there two tigers or two of each species of tiger? What about inbreeding? How could two of every animal create stable populations of each species of animal we now see? They would be screwed up from all the inbreeding that would be required. Are all people then descended then from Noah’s family? What about the genetic defects from inbreeding there?
Oh and let’s not forget that most religions have a flood myth of some kind.
Still despite all that I would actually love to visit this. It looks brilliant and it really is an impressive feat.