February 1, 2011

Hey Noah, We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat

noah's arkRemember how much attention the Creation Museum in Kentucky received on atheist blogs? It seems that those responsible for it are planning something else in the hopes of eliciting widespread mockery and derision. Yes, one of the stories making the rounds on the atheist blogosphere these days concerns plans to build a full-scale "replica" of Noah's Ark. I'm not sure a copy of something that never existed deserves to be called a replica, but I'll try to set that aside for now.

Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham's group that brought us the Creation Museum, is planning to spend $24.5 million to build a large wooden boat. The group is hoping to raise the money via online donations, and I don't doubt for a second that they will be successful in reaching their goal.

What is the point? According to Ham, the ark will show Americans that "God's word is true." I don't know about you, but I think it will take a bit more than that to convince me. Still, Ham has been able to attract paying customers to his "museum," and I wouldn't be surprised if this project helps in that regard.

The idea of a Christian group spending $24.5 million on a monument to idiocy may strike some as counterproductive. Why not use the money to provide food, clothing, or shelter to the poor instead of using it to erect the sort of "graven image" condemned in their bibles? Ham and his group appear to place higher value on spreading their "good news" than caring for the less fortunate.

H/Ts to The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog and The Blog for WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com

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