Of course not.
But that’s not stopping a Christian group from saying otherwise.
Now a group called Noah’s Ark Ministries International says they’ve found the ship’s wreckage.
“It’s not 100 per cent that it is Noah’s Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it,” researcher Yeung Wing-Cheung told Agence-France Presse.
The researchers and a film crew have apparently uncovered wooden beams and compartments they say housed the animals. Carbon dating has proven the structure to be 4,800 years old, Yeung said, which gibes with the literal biblical timeline of the flood. He also says the group has ruled out a human settlement at the dig site.
Carbon dating? The same carbon dating that the same kinds of Christians reject when used in other scientific endeavors?
This is typical fundamentalist reasoning: It’s all bad, unless it makes you look good. Tragedy is awful, but it just means God has a better plan for you. And science is wrong, unless it proves a Biblical story true.
Side note: Remember the “Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer” (STEP) last year? It found (among other things) that people who knew they were being prayed for got worse than other people. Remember how Christianity Today spun that?
Ironically, STEP actually supports the Christian worldview. Our prayers are nothing at all like magical incantations. Our God bears no resemblance to a vending machine. The real scandal of the study is not that the prayed-for group did worse, but that the not-prayed-for group received just as much, if not more, of God’s blessings. In other words, God seems to have granted favor without regard to either the quantity or even the quality of the prayers. By instinct, we might selfishly prefer that God give preferential treatment to those who are especially, deliberately, and correctly prayed for, but he seems to act otherwise.
True to his character, God appears inclined to heal and bless as many as possible.
That… or the authors couldn’t handle the results, so they purposely misinterpreted the study. You can take a wild guess what they would have been saying if the data showed statistically significant results in favor of prayer…
Anyway, back to Noah’s Ark.
What makes them 99.9% (but not 100%) sure it’s the Ark? Is there some science behind that or a random number just being thrown out there? I’m going to say the latter. Don’t forget: 99.9% of bullshit is still bullshit.
And what will happen when this claim — like every other Creationist claim — is thoroughly debunked?
Nothing. The supporters will just plug their ears, close their eyes, and pretend like it never happened. They’ll crawl back into ignorance.
If any Christian publication or fundie leader supports this “discovery,” we need to be ready to call them out on it when this “Ark” is found to be something else entirely.
Could it be an interesting discovery? Maybe. But they have yet to show evidence that it’s actually Noah’s Ark.