Killing Wonder With a Giant Ark

Killing Wonder With a Giant Ark July 7, 2016

Paul Wallace on Ark Encounter

The above quote comes from Paul Wallace’s great blog post, “Ark Encounter and the death of wonder.”

For a survey of the many lies told by young-earth creationists, see the post “Are Noah’s ark and flood literal scientific facts?” on the blog Science Meets Religion, which concludes: “Not only is this approach scientifically untenable, it is also a theological disaster, since it leads directly to “God the Great Deceiver” theology, an absurd notion that has been condemned by scientists and theologians from numerous religious traditions.” A recent article by Ed Taylor also addresses many of these issues.

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  • John MacDonald

    “Not only is this approach scientifically untenable, it is also a theological disaster, since it leads directly to ‘God the Great Deceiver’ theology, an absurd notion that has been condemned by scientists and theologians from numerous religious traditions.”

    Even God lies now and then by putting lying spirits in the mouths of his prophets:

    “And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him … I will go forth and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him and prevail also; go forth and do so.” (1 Kings 22:21-22)

    lol

  • John MacDonald

    I found this interesting about Ken Ham and the Ark:

    “Ark Encounter floats on public subsidies”

    July 6, 2016

    By Patrick Elliott
    Staff Attorney
    Freedom From Religion Foundation

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/freethoughtnow/ark-encounter-floats-on-public-subsidies/

    The new “Noah’s Ark” could not have been launched without public money.
    With the Ark Encounter opening in Kentucky today, it is a good time to
    review the various ways that state and local governments have subsidized
    the project.

    For starters, we know that Ken Ham and his outfit Answers in Genesis
    (AiG) provided sworn statements that the ark would not have been built
    in Kentucky without state incentives. AiG claimed in its lawsuit against
    the state that it chose to build in Northern Kentucky “not only because
    of its proximity to AiG and the Creation Museum, but also due to the
    availability of incentives for tourism attractions from the Commonwealth
    of Kentucky.” In 2011, Ark Encounter entered into in an agreement with
    the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority (KTDFA) and affirmed
    that it would not have engaged in the project without receiving state
    incentives. In its federal complaint, Ark

    Encounter was explicit:
    This provision reflected the reality that AE, LLC would not have pursued
    the project in Kentucky “but for” the incentives provided by the
    Commonwealth.

    Under the Kentucky Tourism Development (KTD) Act, approved projects are
    eligible for 25% of their development costs to be repaid through a
    rebate on the sales taxes the attraction generates over a ten-year
    period. For the Ark Encounter, that could amount to more than $18
    million in sales tax collected by the state and paid back to Ark Encounter.