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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.

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

soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    This is why the Muslims are winning.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:40 am |
  2. Crysee

    Wouldn't these freak's god want them to put the money to good use? Like donating it to an orphanage or donating it to relief groups trying to stop genocide in Darfur? There should be laws about teaching your kids lies and making them grow up into total religious idiots.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:55 am |
    • jeff

      Jiminey criminey, Crysee – do you go to movies, rent videos, have hobbies, go out to a nice restaurant from time to time? Shouldn't *you* be spending that money on the poor instead of being so frivolous? Lighten up. Are you a member of an organization that has its own building, such as as a civic organization? Do you contribute to the symphony or local art museum? All of these would be frivolous by your post's standard.

      December 2, 2010 at 8:52 am |
    • Bob

      @Jeff However, I doubt Crysee has gotten donations for "God's Work" as answers in genesis has. I would expect a group collecting money for God to spend it in a way God would have wanted. Your comparison fails.

      December 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Jeff,
      Frivolous entertainment is one thing, but AIG is known for trying to pass off biblical literalist fantasies as science. They do real harm with every dollar.

      December 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  3. TGuy

    Loading the elephants and giraffes will be interesting but things are really going to get crazy when it's time to load the beetles. God loves all the world, but He most especially loves beetles.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:43 am |
    • Observer

      Maybe he likes crickets better than beetles because they came first.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:49 am |
  4. And the winner is...

    Yeah! I can't wait, oh no, actually I think I saw this movie, couldn't even get Jim Carrey back.
    With all this money couldn't a good Christian actually do something to help people. Wasn't there that whole covenant thing, the rainbow, God's promise not to flood the world; therefore eliminating the need for another ark... Oh yea, light, prisms, reflection and refraction. There goes the promise theory, build away!

    December 2, 2010 at 12:37 am |
  5. KML

    Dear people with 24.5 million dollars. Feed some people. Hire some people.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:30 am |
  6. Patrick

    Yeah the bible belters will never stop... especially since they just got their republican buddies in office. Latest thing is a Smithsonian exhibition not funded by taxpayer dollars but they claim it shouldn't be there because the Smithsonian itself is funded by taxpayer dollars.

    Then lets not fund bible based theme parks or give for profit bible organizations taxpayer money or abatements:

    http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20101201/NEWS0103/312010046/Creation-Museum-seeking-tax-breaks-for-theme-park

    Also its way past time to tax the church... taxthechurch.org . As republicans said... if the Smithsonian can house an exhibit (which they put no money in to) then maybe they have too much money.

    Maybe churches have too much money if they can build buildings like the Crystal Cathedral or the Mormon Church Temple in Salt Lake City. Tax them... and make them actually have to report their earnings to the IRS.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:27 am |
  7. Stan

    Does anyone here want to give me 24.5 million dollars so I can do something to help people, rather than work to perpetuate what is clearly an absurd myth? Anyone? Didn't think so.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  8. David

    You know, if they can build an inter-dimensional ark, just imagine what they could do with condos? 1/4 acre lot with 2,000,000 units. Imagine what parking would be like! You could never find street parking to save your soul, errr, life. And how difficult would it be to find your car in the inter dimensional parking garage?

    December 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  9. David

    >I'm 31 with an IQ of 132. I'm a computer programmer by profession but troll due to boredom.

    I love it when some one claims a certain IQ on a blog. It shows such security. Are you a ninja, too?

    December 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
    • Observer

      I guess people have to tell you their IQ scores because you couldn't figure it out from their other statements.

      December 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
    • Bob

      I love it when people put their own perceptions onto statements and claim it's absolute. Shows such intelligence.

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

      me Iq level is 9999. i'll build the ark with my mind. boo ya sucka

      December 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
    • Bob

      I doubt the claim of 9999 because you spelt BRAINIAC as BRANIAC. That or you're just really smart and REALLY love bran.

      December 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • And the winner is...

      I might be that ninja, with an IQ of (A%ofC multiplied by Lm2)/the number of contradictions in any holy scripture.

      December 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  10. TheRationale

    Doesn't something have to be built in the first place before it can possibly be rebuilt?

    December 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
    • 1stassemblysmithfieldnc

      You call yourself "TheRationale" and yet you ask a question like that...

      December 2, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  11. Mytul

    8,000 years ago the Laurentian ice sheet began rapidly melting which raised the sea levels by as much as 1.4 meters. This led to floods across most of the earth, and gave rise to "Noah-esque" stories in many cultures that predated the Hebrews. Babylonian mythology first mentions the flood, and the epic of Gilgamesh tells the story. Hundreds of years later the Hebrews adapted this heroes tale to fit one of their own heroes while making it convey the theological and moral message they wanted to convey. In all likelihood there was a global flood, but the waters didn't cover the entire earth...just those areas that would have flooded by the the sea levels rising by about 6 feet. So Noah (or whoever the real person was) wouldn't have had to find two of each animal since most animals would have just moved to higher ground. The Flood story is a nice tale that may have some basis in historical fact, but the story that we've all grown up with is a gross misrepresentation.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
    • 1stassemblysmithfieldnc

      All the Flood Stories across the globe are all the same story of Noah and the Ark just retold so many times and ways to the point where it took an interpretation of the culture they were told in. But its all based on the same person, same boat, same place, same even, same time.

      http://azusacom.blogspot.com/2010/11/should-christian-believe-in-evolution.html

      December 2, 2010 at 7:10 am |
    • jeff

      @1stassemblysmithfieldnc – it really isn't necessary to paint yourself into such a corner...

      December 2, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  12. David

    >Jesus rode a T-Rex,

    Everybody know, as Ministry taught us, that jesus was into hot-rods, not frigging dinosaurs. Jesus, what are they teaching kids these days?

    December 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  13. David Melnick

    obviously, a lot of gullibles buy (pun intended) this bs. I always get LOL that they are "kinda short" on common sense & strong on double standards. Just like politicians & media heros. HMMM

    December 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  14. Warren

    Ive always wondered, who was it on the arc that had syphilis? All the other humans and animals wiped out in the big flood right, so someone on the arc must have been infected cos the agent can only live in a viable human .... anyone?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Pat Robertson's Best Friend

    It may be crass to bring up any financial concerns but even in the context if this absurd undertaking, dosent spending $24.5m
    on this fantasy seem to be money better spent helping feed our fellow man?

    This appears to be little more than Jim & Tammy Faye Part II.

    TD

    December 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  16. bak

    The big difference is that on this Ark, Blue Man Group will perform every Friday and Saturday night.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  17. riverrunner

    A monument to stupidity. Anyone who believes in a literal ark is either A. dumb. B. ignorant. C. gullible. or D. a combination of A B and C.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  18. max

    hmmm...let me get this straight... spend 25 million on helping the needy (like Jesus would have done) - or - spend 25 million on an "attraction" designed to bilk money from the poor and ignorant in the name of piety?....

    December 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
  19. kissdskye

    Belief is not knowing."I don't know that,but I have"faith"that it's true!"
    Faith is the"belief"of things unseen."I have"faith"that I'll be in the Rapture!"I have no proof...."
    The first Council of Nicea and the following ones by the Roman Catholic church crafted the Jesus that now influences billions.If you can define God and make it"believable,"you control all who have"faith"in Him.
    It took 500 versions of the Bible and the Inquisition to"make"the unwashed masses to"believe"in Jesus.Inquisitive minds were put on the racks or burned alive on the stake.Something's wrong when you have to torture and murder people who doubt your"truthfulness"in a fabricated Savior.
    That's why even the Bible itself calls many of its words"allegory."

    December 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  20. Babylonian

    The Bible's authors ripped off from the Sumerian flood myth..So they're the first plagirizers??

    December 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
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