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Full-Scale Replica Of Noah's Ark Planned for outside Cincinnati
December 1st, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Full-Scale Replica Of Noah's Ark Planned for outside Cincinnati

Editor's Note: This story comes from CNN Affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Creation Museum will announce details Wednesday afternoon of its planned expansion.

Answers In Genesis, which built and operates the religious-themed attraction, plans to build a full-scale wooden replica of Noah's Ark based on biblical descriptions.

The $24.5 million project will be constructed by the same team that built the Creation Museum.

The religious ministry is soliciting online donations to help construct the project, which they expect to draw an estimated 1.6 million visitors per year.

Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers In Genesis, cites poll data showing that an estimated 63 percent of Americans would visit a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark if one were built in the U.S.

Read the full story from WLWT.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Art • Christianity • Culture & Science • Ohio • United States

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  3. Final Word

    marvin
    Everyone has the same desire to know what happens when we die. It is just easier to make fun of the bible than it is to actually study it yourself. The antichrist mind set has an advantage because every time one lie is proven false (i.e. missing link taught to be real is really based on a pig's tooth) they can just create another lie to lead people in another direction. Christians on the other hand also have an advantage because the truth is written down and is not changing as some would lead you to beleive.

    If you break the whole thing down to just two groups, Christ or Antichrist, you find out that even you have a religious belief. This is not a mental disorder you have it is the way you were created. I'm not hateful for saying this I am a realest and I know how hard it is to go against what you have beleived all your life. I don't have the entire bible figured out I think we are incapable of doing that now. But the parts I understand are enough to convince me that they are true. Do I wonder sometimes if I'm wrong and the guys who think all roads lead to God are right? Sure. But as Bob says everyone can't be right. So I go back to the source and find written testimony from guys just like us who walked and talked with Christ and were made fun of and even killed for their intollerant rederic about how Christ was the messiah and I think what did they gain by this? Money, power, earthly kingdoms? Did they do it for a joke? Many people have tried to do it for those reasons (they always get caught) but these guys didn't.

    So don't discount the bible just because so many people misread, misunderstand, and misrepresent it. Pick it up and study it for yourself. See if what I'm saying about it is really wrong or whether you just think it is because you have been duped by your religious beleifs.

    December 21, 2010 at 2:02 am |
    • Jane

      I could use some of the money put in this project for college...

      April 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Final Word

    bob
    You are getting there. The search for truth begins with the realization that truth is exclusive.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:21 am |
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  8. marvin nubwaxer

    religion is a mental disorder.

    December 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
    • Bob

      It is not a mental disorder. Anyone can be duped. And no, I'm not saying that all religion is wrong (some might be right), but my exclusion, some have to be wrong. So those people are in fact duped.

      December 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  9. Final Word

    Question> If God has ultimate power why would he use a flood to kill every thing he created and then save just a few on a floating zoo? Why not just make all the bad guys dissappear into thin air?
    Answer> That would not have left behind billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth. I suppose the first people off the ark thought no one would ever dis God again after that. However here we now are discussing whether or not it ever happened while living in a world that would starve to death if we weren't using the fossil fuels that were made as a result of it. Ironic.

    Question> If God has ultimate power and loves his creation why doesn't he show himself to us so that we all beleive?
    Answer> God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever beleiveth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (in case you didn't know what those John 3:16 signs mean that was it)

    So actually God did show Himself to us both in the flood and in His Son but He wants us to choose to obey Him. The bible says Jesus was God's final Word and that He became flesh and dwelt among us. All of history (His story) hinges around Christ and will continue to be the central deviding subject until the end of time. Some people say it is the only reason that there is no world peace. Me and the Antichrist agree. If every one was either for Christ or Antichrist then there wouldn't be this kind of tension. The bible actually predicts that there will be a time on earth before the end of time when there will be that kind of peace because everyone will be deceived by the Antichrist. The only way I see that happening very soon is if the Christians are raptured or are removed or silenced some other way. Either way God's final Word will still have the final word according to the end of Revelation.

    December 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • Bob

      Wow, just wow. You're a fantastic troll. Like, really good. Shame you're posting on a dead thread.

      I mean you have the perfect combination of stupid and devoted. It's scary. Go forth and troll my son.

      December 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  10. ru serious

    It is human nature not to want to submit to anyone else. WE ALL like to think that we are our own boss and we hate to admit when we are wrong about anything. So that is what makes this an interesting conversation because your personal beleifs are what you hold most dear to your heart. It is incredibly hard to change from one world view to another. I think that it will be a good thing to have the Ark Theme park because it will make a good opportunity to see the way science supports the biblical account even if it is not enough to change the mind of a died in the wool anti-flood supporter.

    December 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  11. Joe

    yah seems like they are going to great lengths to try to take the creator out of creation just like they are trying to take Christ out of Christmas.

    December 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  12. ru serious

    Not that I don't like science. But have you kept up on the changes in the textbooks. First all the matter in the universe was collected in a ball 3000 miles across and then it spun really fast and exploded into what we now see. In later texts pretty much the same story except the spinning ball gets smaller every printing. They got down to the size of a period on a page, but they still had to answer where did the matter come from. So now they say that in the beginning was nothing and then it exploded into the universe. That is stretching even a great imagination a little bit.

    December 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • Bob

      Despite it being a page, you still don't understand what the big bang says. It doesn't say there was nothing. Read it again.

      December 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  13. ru serious

    Ice core rings are not annual, they are just a result of a warm cold weather pattern. When they bored a large shaft down to retreive a WW II air plane (piece by peice) they went through several hundreds of ice rings but the plane was built only about 60 years before. I think the mountains are all about the same age and came into exsistance as a result of the flood layers shifting around as the result of shifting continental plates. I don't mean like pangea where the continents supposedly floated away from each other across an ocean but more like a sinking fault causing all the water to shift to that plate and carving things like the grand canyon on it's way. The flood water is what is in the ice caps and they didn't exist before the flood as the climate at the poles was once warm as is evidenced by the standing trees they hit while boring test holes in the artic. True the vapor canopy theory cannot be proven or disproven because it was blasted to peices by the volcanic activity and since it is gone you can't test it to see what it was or was not made of. As far as the ice caps not growing fast have you seen the reports on the frozen standing mamoths. This was 4000 years or so ago and that can hardly be called modern climate conditions.

    I haven't heard of a ten thousand year old tree but I have heard that trees can also produce more than one ring a year under some conditions and in 4000 years there is alot of time for conditions. Have you seen the pictures of human and dino footprints in the same limestone river? Have you seen the pictographs of dinos that were drawn by men picturing men with dinos long before the first fossils were found? Have you heard of the dino fossil that was found that still contains pliable blood cells? These are the things that make me lose faith in "modern science".

    December 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  14. Not Now

    ru serious,

    How do you explain the relative ages of mountains? For example, why weren't the Sierra Nevadas eroded as much as the Appalachians during the Flood?

    Why is there no evidence of a flood in ice core series? Ice cores from Greenland have been dated back more than 40,000 years by counting annual layers. A worldwide flood would be expected to leave a layer of sediments, noticeable changes in salinity and oxygen isotope ratios, fractures from buoyancy and thermal stresses, a hiatus in trapped air bubbles, and probably other evidence. Why doesn't such evidence show up?

    How are the polar ice caps even possible? Such a mass of water as the Flood would have provided sufficient buoyancy to float the polar caps off their beds and break them up. They wouldn't regrow quickly. In fact, the Greenland ice cap would not regrow under modern climatic conditions.

    Why did the Flood not leave traces on the sea floors? A year long flood should be recognizable in sea bottom cores by (1) an uncharacteristic amount of terrestrial detritus, (2) different grain size distributions in the sediment, (3) a shift in oxygen isotope ratios (rain has a different isotopic composition from seawater), (4) a massive extinction, and other characters. Why do none of these show up?

    Why is there no evidence of a flood in tree ring dating? Tree ring records go back more than 10,000 years, with no evidence of a catastrophe during that time.

    Your 'vapor canopy' and other assertions are refuted at greater length here:

    http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-noahs-ark.html

    December 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  15. ru serious

    If there were a world wide flood caused by the fountains of the deep (volcanoes, etc.) as well as rain from a broken vapor canapy as the biblical acount describes what evidence would you expect to find? Answer – Millions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth. When we examine the earth what do we find? Millions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth.

    As for the cultural differances in the story they are simply explained by the fact that when people spread out over the new looking earth (with extremely big ice caps and large oceans) they passed the story down orally and the details were lost (thank goodness some one wrote it down). Still the fact that every major culture has this same whole world flood legend is interestingly close to evidence.

    I might as well add that as the flood layers were turning to rock the oceans seemed to have formed an eroded shelf known as the continental shelf. And If you lower the oceans back to that level you could walk or take a short boat ride to all the other land masses which answers how these people and animals got to their new homes. The fact that the oceans are deeper now is evidence that the climate has been gradually warming and melting the ice age size ice caps for 4000 years. Sorry you save the planet zealots but there is only one person who can do that, the one who cursed it in the first place.

    December 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  16. Yeah

    "Every culture speaks of a flood."

    So? Floods happen. If a culture can speak of one, that means someone survived it.

    Here is a cute Apache flood story:

    "The wise ones knew that a great flood was coming and that something had to be done to save humankind.

    They then cut down a great tree and hollowed it out to make a canoe, placing a young girl in it. The tree-trunk canoe floated high on the waters until nothing but water could be seen in any direction The wise ones had warned the girl not to leave the vessel until it touched land, even if she heard the waters going down.

    Finally, the tree-trunk canoe touched ground. When the girl emerged, all the world had been drowned. She wondered whether she would always be alone. She went up to the mountains to rest. As she lay down, the sun shone on her, warming water that dripped down on her body from the rocks. This magic water impregnated her and she later gave birth to a daughter who conceived in the same way. All of us are descended from her."

    There is no, that's NO, evidence of a simultaneous world-wide flood.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  17. Lee

    If there was a flood what would it cause? FOSSILS! Since you guys know so much about mythology can you explain why every mythology (China, Europe,Africa, India, South America etc.) have dragons? Even the Chinese calender has a dragon every other animal is real on the calender. Scientists say one thing and they deny a flood. But our ancestors say something else. Every culture speaks of a flood. You think I sound like a fool? I don't seek your approval, I seek the truth.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
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