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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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  1. Reality

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument. "

    "These essays, perused during uninspired sermons or Torah readings at Sabbath services, will no doubt surprise many congregants. For instance, an essay on Ancient Near Eastern Mythology," by Robert Wexler, president of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, states that on the basis of modern scholarship, it seems unlikely that the story of Genesis originated in Palestine. More likely, Mr. Wexler says, it arose in Mesopotamia, the influence of which is most apparent in the story of the Flood, which probably grew out of the periodic overflowing of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The story of Noah, Mr. Wexler adds, was probably borrowed from the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh. "

    Obviously, 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis consider said Ark just another OT myth. We should all follow their lead.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • Langdon

      Luv the way they use the word 'borrowed' – when I do that in an essay its called 'plagiarism'.

      My take on G*d is I see hir in the trees and the sky, in the faces of people walking by πŸ˜‰ the feel of the sun on my skin, the peace of sleep, the laughter of children, the friendship of a dog, in every sun rise and set. I will never let anyone, nor any organisation or their words get between me and the Divine. I say let those with the critical reasoning facilities of a 2 year old believe what they will – ultimately its their loss, its them that limit the wonder and awe of the Infiinite and try to trap it in the words of man. Blessed Be.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  2. K

    Just think what else they could do with $24 million!!! Maybe feed, clothe and provide shelter for the hungry, cold and homeless!!! Some religious groups are not what that say they are.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  3. JohnQuest

    Creationism is Real, Would you except a cirular argument from anyone else? If so I have a few that supports the God Baal. Before we get to "You know what else goes on forever? God!" we haven't figured out if there is a God or not. Before we can discuss if something is eternal first we must figure out if it even exists. I say no God does not exist, there is absolutely no evidence to support the existence of a Deity of any kind. What say you?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      What say I? I say "YOU BEEN TROLLED"

      BOOYAH.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
    • Daniel

      1. God is Love

      2. Love is Blind

      3. Stevie Wonder is Blind

      ergo...

      4. Stevie Wonder is God! πŸ˜€

      December 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      Stevie Wonder can't be God. He's blind. An all powerful God wouldn't be blind. Because then he wouldn't be all powerful. He'd be mostly powerful with a long stick. And that's not what the bible tells us genius.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
    • Shannlee

      *high fives Daniel* Hey, where are your lions? hehehe

      December 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  4. Creationism is Real

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b_ZwJtEC_g&fs=1&hl=en_US]

    December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      Fail. πŸ™

      December 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  5. JohnQuest

    Creationism is Real, I am no brainic but I think there is something wrong with your statement "Noah's ark clearly happened because the bible is the word of God. It's the word of God because it says it is. And how do we know it's accurate? Because it's the word of God".

    Oh! I know whats wrong with it, it's a circular argument. Most aldults won't except circular arguments from our children let alone another adult. Let's take a look at your argument shall we; You are saying that "These (facts) are true because they are in the Bible. And the Bible is true because it contains these (facts).

    Now seriously, would you except an argument like that from your own child, or anyone else for that matter?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      You say that my argument is cirular. So what. Circles go on and on forever. You know what else goes on forever? God!

      Let's see you talk your way out of that one genius.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • Luke

      Creationism is Real

      Circle do not go on forever.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      Oh, circles do go on forever. Ever read string theory professor?

      December 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
    • Shannlee

      It really is like arguing with a toddler. I did not. You did too. I did not. You did too. You haven't realized that you can't persuade people to "your" side by repeating the same insane chatter over and over again. Do you know the pure definition of insanity Creation? Doing the same exact thing over and over again expecting a different result. You refuse to listen to anyone else, yet jam your opinions and beliefs down everyone else's throat. I have sat and had full blown conversations with Missionaries that have come to my door with one simple statement: "I will listen to you if you listen to me"

      December 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      Look, I'm not being unreasonable here. I'm just saying that your opinions are wrong if they don't line up with the biblical account. That's all. There's nothing wrong with that.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  6. DWTT

    Trinitarians screwed a lot of things up – BTW, the ark is box.. not a boat. Go read the measurments yourself, build a small scale replica, drop in a lake and try to over turn it with violent waves

    December 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  7. David Johnson

    Why didn't god just create more organisms after the flood?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
    • Bob

      Because it's well known that God loves to make things needlessly complex so that he's entertained. I mean, look at the story of Jonah.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
    • J Patcher

      "cause he was too busy having them with this young virgin named Mary.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      Why do you hate God? Are you angry because one of your family members dieded?

      December 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  8. Rick

    "Fourth – God made different parts of the ship different temperatures."

    Hysterical. That's a classic.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      I was also considering "God installed gas heating and electric cooling for different parts of the ship. The natural gas was provided by animals, the electricty by lightning bolts."

      December 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  9. Rick

    First of all, even the largest ships in the world today (a class of oil super-tankers of which there are only a few) are not big enough to carry two of every animal species in the world. Second, there aren't any zoos anywhere in the world that house every species of animal in the world. Third, it would have taken a large flotilla of ships to travel the world to obtain all of these animals, since there is no one place on Earth where every species can be found. Fourth, not all animals can survive in a single climate. Some would perish in a cold climate, some would perish in a warm climate. Fifth, scientists and zoologists are still finding previously undiscovered species of animals on a fairly regular basis. Sixth, it would have required far more than two each of prey animals, because what would the carnivores have had to eat after the two rabbits, etc., were eaten. Seventh, the Ark would have had to have contained a greenhouse of some type to grow the various types of plants eaten by herbivores. For example, Koalas only eat fresh eucalyptus, and Pandas only eat fresh bamboo. You couldn't just store a bunch on board and expect the animals to eat it. They would die. By the way, Pandas were only rumored to exist until they were observed by non-Chinese in the 1800's. But I suppose Noah knew about them anyway, huh? How would animals like the desert tortoise have survived the freezing climate in the upper elevations of Mount Ararat? Answer...they wouldn't have...they would have died. What about the thousands of rodents it would have taken to keep all of the different snake species alive? Most of which, by the way (snakes and rodents), would also have perished in the cold climate of the Turkish mountains. Lastly, even though there are no zoos in the world that house every species of animal on Earth, it still takes very large staffs, many with extensive veterinary or zoology skills, to care for the animals they do have. There is simply no way Noah and his family could have (a) built a ship that large, (b) travelled the planet and collected two of every single species of animal, or (c) cared for the animals without a very large staff of knowledgeable assistants. I could go on and on and on, but I'm not writing a thesis here. There is simply no way the story of Noah's Ark could be true. It's a made-up story, folks.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      First – God can make any ship size he wants. He's god.
      Second – Zoos are man made and don't have the divine guidance of God.
      Third – God could have easily teleported the animals and gave them temporary intelligence to form lines as shown in artwork.
      Fourth – God made different parts of the ship different temperatures.
      Fifth – Scientists may be finding new species, but God knew about them all and made them to be on the ark.
      Sixth – God pacified the animals.
      Seventh – God created Manna which is digestable by all animals and has exactly the right nutrients and vitamins.

      Your assertations are false sir. Noah's ark clearly happened because the bible is the word of God. It's the word of God because it says it is. And how do we know it's accurate? Because it's the word of God.

      Checkmate atheists.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
    • DWTT

      Define – every animal? Golden retriver, boxer, pug...or dog...Also, what is the average size of all animals based on your decision of the defintion.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      An animal is anything that's not a plant and not us.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
    • Luke

      Creationism is Real

      By your own defintion, rocks are animals.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Bryan

      Absolutely. Adam was made out of dirt, which would have contained small rocks.

      Checkmate.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
    • Daniel

      CiR – But GOD did't make the Ark. He told Noah to – to specific measurements, and it wasn't all that huge. Nothing like what is shown in the picture.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      You see, God altered dimensonal space to make the Ark bigger on the inside then it's measurements would allow. I know what you're asking now. Why wouldn't God allow Noah to build a smaller ark to save time. And the answer is that he wanted Noah to work for it. Like it says in the bible, the Lord helps those who help themselves.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • Shannlee

      interdimensional huh? sounds a bit like magic to me. God does not allow magic, it is the devil's work, that's why Witches were burned/drowned/stoned. You can't have it both ways. Science more and more is proving that the omnipresent magician that knows and is responsible for all does not exist. Read your Bible again, specifically Genesis where they talk about creation. Hmm. We have SCIENTIFIC PROOF there were animals before humans, for MILLIONS of years, yet in the bible they all co-exist. You can't have it both ways.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      Shanlee, are you a troll troll? Because that is by far one of the stupidest responses I have ever heard. Like seriously, it doesn't even follow.

      I'll pray for your soul.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
    • Frogist

      LOL@CiR: Go dmade a TARDIS Ark?! Awesome!

      December 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
    • Langdon

      The carnivors ate the unicorns, the dragons and all the other mythological beasts πŸ˜‰ Or maybe they just decided the dinosaurs were too much hassle and carved them up, lots of meat for the rest...

      December 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  10. thebob.bob

    Awesome! Now they can try to get two of every animal in their Ark and see what happens. Every single one because if they can be found on the Earth, they MUST have been on the Ark, right?? How else could they possibly be here??

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
    • Bob

      They'll claim that evolution happens much faster then scientists think and cannot occur outside of "kinds". Ie, housecats being a kind.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  11. ItWontLookLikeABoat

    The picture already shows a probable mistake.. Noah & his sons, were not ship builders.. and the dimensions given from the scriptures.. denote a massive rectangular box.. Sure, a box the size of a ship.. but I doubt a "ship" that we would think of, with a bow & stern... All that was needed was to carry it's passengers, not resist drag & steer through the currents. The flood reshapped the earth, pushed mountains up, broke apart Continents.. (there might have only been one, before the flood, we do not know, but it seems reasonable) it most likely NEVER rained before the flood, before that period of time, the climant was most likely, a greenhouse affect. When the heavens were unleashed & the water came rusing forth.. the north & south poles would have INSTANTLY Froze... (that would explain why prehistoric animals have been found, frozen solid, with vegitation still in their mouth). Just some interesting ideas. Sure, there are those, that do not believe in God or his son who gave his life for us. But my faith, does not require you too. All I can do, is share with what I am learning, and if you accept Gods word, (not, mine) wonderful! If not, that is your freedom of choice.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
    • Bob

      Sure, some interesting ideas if you don't have a clue about what you're talking about and/or a moron.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
    • ScienceLovingLawyer

      Wow, it's so easy when you just take a much translated passage out of some ancient writing literally and then construct a completely unbelievable explanation around it which manages to ignore every single scientific fact ever discovered about geology, physical geography, climate, weather, and biology. I'm waiting with bated breath do discover your explanation for how so many different species came to be found on different continents. I mean, since Noah didn't actually get to float his box until the rains came, how the heck did he manage to get animals that are only found in lands distant from the Middle East to come to his box? (Crib?) Did the polar bears and grizzly bears hike in from North America and the Arctic? What about Koala bears and kangaroos from Australia? And then how the heck did they end up spread out to those distant lands with absolutely no evidence that they ever had a presence in the Middle East. Inquiring minds want to know.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • ItWontLookLikeABoat

      ScienceLovingLawyer Let me ask this, what is more plausible, A meteor striking a planet, creating life from organic goo (outside of the fact, where did the meteor come from, where did the planet come from) & developing into the complex & diversified creatures that we are today.. Or, being created from a higher source that has chosen not to reveal himself to us in person?

      Example, If walking in a forest, you were to come across a nicely kept home. landscaped, painted & all utilities in working order... which is the more logical conclusion, that this all happened by chance? Or that it was designed, built & set in place but someone? But wait, you can find the builder, he doesn't answer your demands to prove that he exists in a way that you except... so then, it must have just came about by chance, correct?

      Science has been teaching that they have β€œproved” many things for years. But if you research their findings, many conclusions are far more outlandish, than what you say I am suggesting.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
    • Bob

      @ItWon'tLookLikeABoat You're a moron. Those arguments can be seen through by a person with a grade 10 education.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
    • ScienceLovingLawyer

      ItWontLookLikeABoat, those are your only choices? Either believe in the literal truth of an obviously impossible fable out of an ancient writing or simply believe in something happening out of nothing? What about all the areas in between? It's quite possible to believe in a higher power without having to believe in this fable out of the Old Testament. In fact, I was educated in Catholic schools and distinctly remember being taught that there's no conflict between believing in God and crediting science for its discoveries. WHY would God turn it all into a big mystery? WHY would God give us the brains and ability to discover scientific principles and facts and then cheat us by operating irrationally and totally outside of science? Your version of God seems to be some sort of liar or practical joker, providing us with a world full of obvious scientific facts but tricking us in the end with something which is clearly impossible – and to what purpose? Even the Orthodox Jews do not believe in the literal truth of every single passage of the Old Testament. That's actually a fairly recent development, and one imposed by preachers who had no real understanding of the history or background of much of the Bible. And for that matter, even the Bible itself did not come together until at least four centuries after Jesus and the version used by Protestant differs from the one used by Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians in several books. Moreover, there are hundreds of differences in translations. Yet modern evangelical, fundamentalist Christians such as you think you have every single bit of the Bible properly identified and every single utterance in it is the unerrant word of God even though there are conflicts and strong inconsistencies within it. You've turned it from a guide to a more spiritual life to an indisputable, uncontestable mandate – EXCEPT for the parts which evangelical fundamentalist Christians choose to ignore.

      December 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
    • Keith

      Bob, If you're so darn smart smart and have all the answers, then how do you explain the frozen vegetation in the mouths? How about the existence of coal in Anarctica? Well, Mr. Non-moron?

      December 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
    • Bob

      @Keith Let me explain something to you. Something that most people with an IQ over 90 know. Just because I don't know the answer doesn't mean I can't disregard something as moronic.

      Here's an example to show you how silly you are being.

      Man: The universe was created by a pink unicorn named phil who farted after eating to manny Taco Bell soft tacos on a tuesday.
      Me: That's moronic.
      Man: WELL THEN MR. NON-MORON, TELL ME HOW IT HAPPENED.

      I trust now you see how you're being a moron as well.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
    • Yeah

      Keith,
      "how do you explain the frozen vegetation in the mouths?"

      There are other explanations for this than, "God did it". Try looking somewhere besides Christian Creationism web sites.

      December 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  12. SteveD

    This won't be too far from the "Touchdown Jesus" that was stuck by lightening and burned to the ground. So, presumably they will use lightening protection. Oh, wait, that's protection by science, not miracles. I'm sure Noah did not know about conductivity of high voltage current, so best to go the protection by miracles route. I'll get my marshmellows and weiners ready for the big fire!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  13. Curious

    Well, I guess this display will AT LAST definitively answer one of my burning questions: Where did Noah stash the polar bears?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  14. Frogist

    Well that would certainly be an interesting project to go see. I guess they are charging to recoup their investment. I wonder what it will be like. Will they use historians to replicate the methods of that age when they presume it was built like they do on Mythbusters? And what will determine what it looks like on the inside? And will they have animals, like a zoo? Will they really try to get 2 of each kind of animal? I have questions!
    Whatever they do, however, I don't think it is a convincing show that God is real or his "word" is true, like Ham says. A big boat just shows... well a big boat. It seems more a show of power and wealth. "Look how big it is and how much we have to spend on it..." But it's a curiosity that will fit in with the rest of their musem, I guess.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
    • Bob

      Here's hoping some kids vandalize it. πŸ™‚

      December 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Bob: Well you know it really should be painted in rainbow colours, but then those darn gays might think it was theirs and have a rave in it or something. Darn gays ruin everything...

      December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
    • Bob

      If that was the case I would personally buy a painted wooden sign that says "Sponsored by Vaseline and Trojan Condoms"

      December 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      I would also love to see it named "The Man Ark". Written below "Bring me two of every fabulous!"

      December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • Bob

      NOOOO, I HAVE BEEN OUTTED BY MY OWN SCRAGGLY HAND.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
    • Jon

      Everyone knows condoms and vaseline don't play well together.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Frogist

      Brillllllllliant idea...!!!! Let's pick a time/date in the future and go see the ark...! Maybe we can get DJ, NL, HotAirAce, Luke, Sum Dude, even Reality...etc, to go too. We would have a blast...!

      How fun πŸ™‚

      Peace...

      December 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Thanks for including me in such an august group, but I will gracefully decline as I do not contribute to religious organizations, not even if it allows me to claim a charitable tax deduction, as it only gives them resources that helps allow them to stay in existence and propogate their silly tribal myths. Much better to funnel money directly to where it is needed via folks such as richarddawkings.net. I purchased a few lapel pins and couple of t-shirts there today and they will be prized by firends and family during "Greedy Gift Getting Season."

      December 2, 2010 at 1:45 am |
    • Peace2All

      @HotAirAce

      lol- No problem pal. I understand. Twas a joke.

      Peace...

      December 2, 2010 at 3:18 am |
    • Frogist

      @Peace2All: It would be glorious!!! Except we would all get kicked out on our ear... We'd be laughing so hard. Apparently you have to sign a contract that when you enter you can't criticize the museum pieces... blah. Also like Hot Air Ace said, I totally don't want to give them my cash.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Frogist

      Yes... it would be a 'hoot.'...!!!! We would be laughin' preeeeeeeetty darn hard, and yes, we would 'most def'... be thrown out on our ears, probably within the first 5 minutes from the time we walked into the exhibit. πŸ™‚

      Oh, and by the way, I'm not about giving money to 'believer' organizations as a rule either... but... AHEM... Do you 'really' think that CK & SM wouldn't be able to find a way in without parting with our hard-earned money...? Ya' do know what i mean don't you -Frogist...?

      And, god... if ever there was one to go visit and maybe part with a little cash, it has got to be this, don't ya think...? The only one that would be equal to or better is the one in Lexington, Kentucky. Now... THAT one would be priceless...!!!!!!!!

      Peace...

      December 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Peace2All: I thought you were talking about the one in Ky! Heck yeah I think we could find our way in. If anything, we'll just bring a Godzilla costume with us and sneak in as a dinosaur. They will never know the difference anyway!
      Road trip!
      I can't wait to ride the triceratops...

      December 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Frogist

      I didn't actually read the darn thing, I was going off of the ti-tle of the article: "Full-Scale Replica Of Noah's Ark Planned for outside (Cincinnati)"

      However, I do know about the one in Kentucky. THAT one is priceless...!!!

      I have 'got' to make a trip to one of these. Road trip it is I say...!

      God.... can you imagine having Me, You, DJ, NL, Luke, Q, etc... and throw in CatholicMom & Reality for some contrast. Would that be just freakin' funny, or what...? πŸ™‚

      Well, if I ever get some time off, if my *marbles are still lost*, you never know, I may go sometime.

      *sighs*... Just dreamin'...

      Peace...

      December 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Frogist

      Oh... and I'm all about T. Rex, and the Velociraptors myself...!

      Peace...

      December 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  15. Need2Read333

    OK...so thisi s probably the silliest idea since the "Creation Museum", but sheesh....stop making fools of yourselves, both sides! I can't believe that people of a religious ilk find it necessary to defend their beliefs to those of us who don't care, but it's equally absurd that non-believers think they can change the minds of the easily led. This is ridiculous, the resources spent on this Answers in Genesis monument to itself should be used to care of the ill, poor, etc. But don't expect that out of a group that is more interested in stopping gay marriage than in helping others!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
    • Bob

      It's not about changing the minds of those who are brainwashed. It's about getting the people on the fences before they become brainwashed. We're starting to dig ourselves out of the intellectual pit that religion has caused. We need to help make that as fast as possible.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Bob

      Yes! You understand, why we confront the believers! I salute you sir!

      Cheers!

      December 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
    • Keith

      Bob and David, This is why the unsaved go to hell first and not directly to the lake of fire. Because every person that was a fence-sitter that you caused to fall, you will give account for. And the people that they cause to fall, so it's a multiplier effect. The Bible calls it storing up for yourselves wrath in the day of wrath. When the books are opened at the Great White Throne Judgement, you will have much to answer for. You will get 'greater stripes'. I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. Seriously, you should consider repenting before it's too late.

      December 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Keith

      *Yawn* – There is no god. There is no Jesus. There is no afterlife.

      Love and Prayers!

      December 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  16. Bob

    What will be interesting to see is how long this takes and how many people are building. We can then directly extrapolate that into man hours and determine if Noah in the bible could have lived long enough to build the ark.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
    • Shannlee

      But Noah "had 950 years"!! Surely that is more than enough time to build it

      December 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  17. Bob

    I'm so glad that they're spending all this money to make an Ark instead of feeding the poor. What fine and proud Christians.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • acute mind

      That's exactly what I was thinking!!

      December 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • bloB

      Nope, they're rich!

      December 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
    • Merl

      Read your Bible Bob... end of time is close.. you need to go see the Creation Exhibit... i plan to..and Have heard Ken Ham speak live..... he does a good work..his museum and proof of creation including this ark exhibit will lead more people to the True Light, Jesus.. and Salvation than giving a few bucks to a couple of folks that wont even appreciate it!!

      He is doing a good work ..with Gods blessing! Go to church and learn truth!

      December 5, 2010 at 8:49 am |
    • bennyblack1

      Hey, Dirtbag – did you know that one of the biblical principles of charity was make a man WORK for a fish? You don't give him the dang fish, or he'll be back, wanting more. You want him to learn how to catch one for himself. Haven't you heard? "He who refuses to work shall not eat?"
      Feed the poor – NO. Provide them the resources to feed themselves. I'll bet you're sitting on the couch in you ho's house eating off her food stamps. If you are...you need to ge tup out of the house and GET a JOB.
      DIRTBAG

      January 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  18. Colin

    This picture shows Noah's slave based workforce that wasn't mentioned in the mythology, they all drowned!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
    • Bob

      Hrm, that's a lot of wood for being out in the desert as the image shows. IT'S CLEARLY A MIRACLE!

      December 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
    • Ann

      Well it wasn't a bloody desert until they cut down all of the trees to make...wait for it...the ark.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
    • brat

      This just in! Union Carpenters picket Ark worksite. God starts floods early! Film at eleven!

      December 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
    • bloB

      YES IT IS, INDEED!!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Luke

    Full scale, eh? They have blue prints? I'd like to see a boat that could house two of every species on the planet. Love to see how they handle the 30,000 different types of spiders and the array of wood worms, in particular.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:47 am |
    • Bryan

      Two of every species doesn't necessarily mean two of every species that we have at the present time. Take for instance dog breeds. In a few thousand years time, the number of dog breeds has grown from a few to over 200. So with that in mind, as well as the rapid reproduction rate of insects, arachnids, and annelids (creating various species faster), Noah didn't have to have two of everything that we know of today.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Yes, I suppose that evolution could be used to support the noah/flood myth...

      December 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Luke

      Bryan Bryan Bryan – varying breeds is not a different species. Go back to biology 101 and reply later. Furthermore, the diversity if life, as examined by biologists, displays quite concretely that dating back just 2000 years, there were litterally millions of species on planet earth. That number, for relevance's sake, has not changed all that much since. Diversity of life takes millions of years to show up on a scale, not thousands of years.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
    • Dlst

      Luke, PLEASE do not mix science/reality with fundamentalist Christianity as it tends to make the latter look inane.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
    • Bryan

      Luke, I don't know how I could have been so foolish. I have taken up your suggestion and done some research. Here's some things of note that I have found...

      – Clearly the fossil record shows that genesis is false. I mean, dinosaurs don't show up with humans, how could they exist at the same time.

      – Evolution is a theory based on biological laws. These are demonstratable and obvious to someone with even a basic grounding in science. Which I now have.

      I'm not saying that I don't believe in God. But your points are valid and they do cause me to question the validity of the bible. Which is to say, the parts that conflict with science are obviously wrong.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • Luke

      Bryan, now you're just confusing me. You're clearly scientifically adapt. But your first post makes it look like you support the Noah myth. I do have to apologize for being curt at first, but what say you? Myth or not?

      December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • Bryan

      @Luke No, you clearly opened my eyes. I sat down and said "Maybe I should learn something instead of being a giant ignorant pile of flesh." I then did all of 15 minutes of research and found out why the bible was completely wrong about Noah's Ark and Genesis. I have no words to thank you. Now I don't have to waste an hour of my life in church anymore.

      For serious.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Luke: Well of course they will go with the Number of Legs system... woodworms go in with the no-leg crawly animals like snakes and caterpillars. And the spiders go in with the more-than-two legs creatures like horses and three-legged dogs. But I don't think they should take any of them... woodworms would eat through the ark so they must be the devil's handiwork and must be left behind. And spiders are just creepy! Nobody like spiders! Yech!

      December 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
    • ScottK

      Wow Bryan, perhaps you can share the 15 min of research with all the other religious nuts so they can be unburdened by their silly beliefs. I must assume you are being sarcastic, but seriously, if there was a 15 min education system to rid us of ignorant religious thought please share πŸ™‚

      December 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
    • Bryan

      It's called google.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
    • brat

      don't fergit the termites

      December 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
    • sigmund fraud

      ey! Luke Bryan, I mean rather.....Look Bryan, GET A LIFE!!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
    • Bryan

      Wow!! I wrote the first reply here... but the rest were someone posing to be me... easy to do when all that is required is for you to simply type in one's name. I have not changed my stance since the first post, and whoever posed at me should grow up and appreciate the ability to communicate intelligently. Luke... Differing breeds are different species... clearly taught in Bio 101. I am sure you just forgot. They are differing species, though they may be part of the same genus (i.e. both a whippet and a saint bernard are canines, though most assuredly are different species). The same thing with your spiders... they are all part of the same genus but are differing species. And as far as there being millions of species at the supposed time of the flood, that is not true. The fossil record states the opposite. I must also note that the differentiation of species doesn't necessitate millions of years time. Microevolution happens in mere generations as certain genetic traits appear and disappear through breeding and natural selection.

      As for HotAirAce, I am not using evolution as you would call it to support the flood. Evolution exists in two forms: Macro and Micro. Microevolution is evolution on a small scale allowing for genetic differentiation based on breeding and natural selection. Take for example the whippet and the saint bernard example. Both species come from the genetic differentiation of one dog species based on breeding and natural selection due to climate, food chain, etc. This would differ from Macroevolution (the form evolution to which Christians are opposed) which would state that these dogs came from some amoeba. Microevolution only allows for small change such as hair length, color, size, bone structure, etc. typically within the same family of animals. Educated Christians would typically agree that microevolution is happening everyday and is how God created the different animals we see today from those directly spoken into being as the biblical creation story claims.

      As far as creation is concerned, sorry, but the Big Bang just doesn't appear to be scientifically plausible as a method of creation. Yes, new material is being published daily based on scientific findings and the latest stuff has been very interesting. However, all the things that physicists have worked on so far are within the realms of time and space. The one thing that they fail to realize is that time and space also have to be brought into existence and the only way for that to be possible is the creation of time and space by one who is outside of both. Physical space doesn't just exist... it must be created. Just as mass must be created, so does empty space as it is physical. Secondly there is strong evidence against macroevolution as a whole as genetic mutations have never been proven to be good. In fact scientific evidence states the contrary, that genetic mutations typically leave the recipient handicapped to some extent (a mutation that would be halted by natural selection) i.e. fruit flies. Also it must be noted that genetic mutations are very seldom somatic mutations – that is rarely are they passed on to the next generation through reproduction.

      Therefore, couple the scientific inadequacy of the Big Bang and macroevolution with the arguments for the existence of God and you have a strong case for Creationism. Now, I admit that I have far under addressed the arguments for both sides, as has everyone else who has posted. Nor do I claim to have all the answers. I am simply stating a simplified version of my case.

      Either way, at the time, though a Christian myself, I do feel that this is a waste of $150 million. Though it may be viewed as an evangelistic tool, the majority of those who go I feel would be Christians who already side with the view. $150 million could better be spent feeding the poor, taking the Gospel to places it has never been, curing common diseases in third world countries, etc., and earning the right to speak into people's lives while being the hands and feet of Christ by meeting their physical needs. Granted I haven't seen the business plans and have no idea of what they plan to do with the profits, but my first thought is it just seems like a waste.

      And last but not least, those who wish to simply bad mouth Christianity, call people morons, and attack the person instead of the argument, simply keep your comments to yourself. Honestly you come across as highly uneducated as you have an opinion, but no argument. If you have a decent case: state it!! I would love to hear it and read as I am always interested in seeing what other people think, the questions they have, the views they hold, etc. Yes I am a Christian, a highly educated one at that, and have answers other than "because the Bible said so." I have a deep appreciation for knowledge and thank those who posted an intelligent response or question as you have given me things to think about, not that I question my beliefs, but instead seek an intelligent answer to those questions that coincides with a biblical worldview.

      December 5, 2010 at 12:11 am |
  20. Phil

    That picture is killing me. I guess the same idiots that think Adam and Eve rode a T-Rex, think Noah used cranes to build his ark.

    Its even in conflict with the bible that says Noah and his family built the thing, not some massive construction crew.

    Dopes!

    December 1, 2010 at 11:46 am |
    • jeff

      @Phil, you need a better translation! Genesis 3:8 says, "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was trekking through the garden", not t-rexing through... πŸ™‚

      December 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • Frogist

      Umm yeah why are there dinosaurs in their museum anyway? I'm confused. And were there dinosaurs on the ark?

      December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • Creationism is Real

      Jesus rode a T-Rex, the problem is that the ancient hebrew word for T-Rex is almost identical to Donkey. So, when people layed palms out for Jesus, they were laying them out for a T-Rex. I mean, it makes more sense if you think about it. T-Rexes have soft feet, while Donkeys have hooves for rough roads. Ergo, I have proven God.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
    • aUtheistIC

      @...lol! I'm not sure if you mean it but I think that was hilarious!

      @frogist...It might explain (dinos) their extinction. How'd you think about that?

      December 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • aUtheistIC

      the first statement was meant for jeff.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
    • jeff

      @aUtheistIC – giggle – I thought the dinosaur comment was pretty non sequitur...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
    • Bryan

      Nope, it wasn't me! Maybe it was Luke or any lowlyf loser pretending to be me!

      December 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
    • Frogist

      @aUtheistIC: Well it wouldn't explain their extinction because museum peeps said there were dinos on the ark. I hope they kept the T-rexorz away from those goats. BTW the raptors were a pain cuz they were always opening the doors to check out the weather outside.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
    • Lauren

      Why don't they take the $24.5 million dollars it's going to cost to build that monstrosity and donate it to people who need it in their community.

      December 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
    • PhilsAMoron

      You're so close phil, now just take it the next step and realize the whole ark story IS A FAIRYTALE.
      ITS NOT REAL.
      NONE OF IT IS.
      YOU MORON.

      December 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • another Phil

      The original ark was supposed to save all the species in the world from the flood.If they cut down enough trees to build their replica , can you imagine how many species will go extinct as result?Kind of ironic?

      December 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
    • Alexis Waltermann

      I grew up in the area where this is going to be built and I am appalled. The Creation Museum is already a huge embarrassment to a lot of Kentuckians and it is an absolute disgrace that public funds are in any way involved in the promotion of these religious zealots propaganda campaign in the form of a theme park. I also would just like to share that children in public schools visit the Creation Museum for field trips and it's false history often taught in their schools as fact.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:24 am |
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