Creationism apologist Ken Ham wants to rattle the culture and the church

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No Apologies
by Christie Storm
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Weekend, page B4-B5
April 12, 2008

As co-founder of the apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham often draws scorn from scientists for his views on creation.

After all, he unequivocally states that the earth was created thousands, not billions, of years ago. That dinosaurs and man existed harmoniously together. And that methods used to date the earth and fossils are flawed. Such statements don’t exactly endear him to scientists.

Ham’s goal is to challenge the church and the secular world.

“We challenge the church to stand on God’s word in Genesis and make a statement to the culture that God’s word is true,” Ham said. “And challenge the secular world that the history of the world according to the big-bang theory and evolution as taught in public schools is not true. The Bible’s account is true.”

Ham might be scoffed at by the science world, but he’s something of a superstar to creationists. He’s a high profile spokesman of sorts, proclaiming the inerrancy of the Genesis account of creation through Answers in Genesis and the ministry’s Creation Museum in Peteresburg, Ky.

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Here’s a link to Ken Ham’s blog about the conference mentioned in the Arkansas newspaper.

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Water Gaps in the Alaska Range

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by Michael J. Oard
CRS Quarterly, Volume 44 Number 3, Winter 2008, pp. 180-192.

Abstract:
Two of the six water gaps through the Alaska Range will be briefly described. These water gaps fit in with a worldwide pattern of well over one thou­sand water gaps. Water gaps are a major mystery to uniformitarian geology. The three main uniformitarian hypotheses for the origin of water gaps will be analyzed and found wanting. There does not appear to be any evidence for either of the two hypotheses suggested for the origin of the Alaska Range water gaps. However, the Flood paradigm successfully explains these water gaps, as well as practically all others, and even wind gaps. Both wind and water gaps could have been rapidly carved during the Channelized Flow Phase of the Flood, when strong water currents were ?owing perpendicular to mountains or ridges. An analog for a water and wind gap occurred during the gigantic Lake Missoula flood at the peak of the Ice Age.

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Expelled: The Movie

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A movie that will revive the creationism debate
by Joseph Farah
Washington Times Weekly, page 32
March 3, 2008

There’s a movie coming out in April, and I can’t wait to tell you about it. It’s called “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” Imagine what Michael Moore might produce if we forcibly administered sodium pentothal to him. That would be “Expelled.”

It’s a documentary in which my old friend and colleague Ben Stein takes on the role of Michael Moore under the influence of the truth serum. Mr. Stein tries to get to the bottom of our origin and whether there is any hint of design in our universe.

This is expose-tainment at its best. “Expelled” covers the following key questions:

• Were we designed, or are we simply products of random chance, mutations and evolution occurring without any plan throughout billions of years?

• Is the debate regarding our origin settled?

• How should science deal with what appears to be evidence of design?

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Answers in Genesis Featured in UK’s Liberal “The Guardian”

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Revealed: the vegetarian Eden that was home to Adam, Eve and T Rex
by James Randerson, Science correspondent
The Guardian (UK), page 12
April 5, 2008

Creationist preacher Ken Ham is used to the problems that arise from combining what he reads in the Old Testament and what scientists tell him. He has no difficulty squaring six days of creation and 6,000 years of Earth history with evidence from fossils and geological dating — for him, scientists who think the world is millions of years old are simply wrong.

Ham, a US-based Australian, has been on a tour of the UK, and listening to him explain this week that most of the fossils on the Earth were left during Noah’s flood, and that dragon legends are ancient memories of dinosaurs, it would be easy to dismiss him as a crank.

Scientific evidence suggests the Earth is around 4.5bn years old, the universe is around 14bn years old and dinosaurs died out 65m years ago, long before anything resembling a human evolved.

But Ham’s ideas and his organisation, Answers in Genesis (AIG), are influential, especially in the US. In May last year, the organisation built the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Within eight weeks of opening, the $27m (£14m) attraction had clocked up 100,000 visitors. The operation in the UK is smaller but still significant, with an annual turnover of around £500,000. One report suggested it dispatches between 30,000 and 50,000 books, DVDs and videos each year.

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Canadian Press on Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, part 1

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Back to the fundamentals
Book Review
by Kurt Kleiner
The Globe and Mail Weekend (Canada), page D8
April 5, 2008

Brett Grainger’s grandfather was a fundamentalist preacher who became convinced that he knew the exact date of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. So on Sept. 11, 1988, he and his wife put on their best clothes and sat down to wait. The day wore on, Jesus didn’t come and, finally around dinner time, Grainger’s grandmother went into the kitchen to cook a roast. She had put it out to thaw that morning – just in case.

Grainger grew up in Huntsville, Ont. as a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Protestant group, and he later went on to study fundamentalism at Harvard University and to write about religion as a journalist. He has combined research and personal experience to write a fascinating, readable and sympathetic study of Christian fundamentalism.

Grainger sees fundamentalism is an entirely modern phenomenon, one that was born as a reaction against the modern world, but that has also been shaped by it. “Contrary to conventional wisdom, fundamentalists are not interested in returning to a premodern age,” he writes. “They are among the most adept pupils of modernity, copying and recasting its designs for their own purposes.”

In chapters on the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., or the Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando, Fla., he shows how fundamentalists employ sophisticated technology, marketing techniques and rhetorical tactics to promote their views.

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Canadian Press on Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, part 2

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Thinking about fundamentalism
by Robert Fulford
National Post (Canada), page A21
April 5, 2008

The Creation Museum, which opened last spring near Cincinnati depicts dinosaurs among the animals sharing the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. The “young-earth” creationists behind the museum believe God made the world, all of it, about 6,000 years ago. Instructors explain that most dinosaurs were wiped out by the Flood and the two Noah crammed into the Ark later died because the post-Flood environment wasn’t dinosaur-friendly.

The museum’s theologians differ from “old-earth” believers who speculate that a “day” in Genesis could mean millions of years. And neither faction embraces intelligent design, the idea that creation evolved under detailed divine guidance. For those who think of fundamentalist Christianity as a monolith, the Creation Museum serves as a reminder that evangelical religion contains many disparate opinions even on a question like planetary history.

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Dr. Who Meets Dr. Richard Dawkins

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OH LORDY! Doc meets famous atheist
by Peter Dyke
Daily Star (UK), page 17
April 8, 2008

BBC bosses are braced for a backlash from religious groups after inviting a famous atheist to guest star. Author Richard Dawkins penned the controversial best-seller The God Delusion which claimed that anyone who believed in a supernatural creator was bonkers.

Now Doctor Who executive boss Russell T Davies, 44, – a well known atheist – is to have Dawkins on the show.

He will make a guest appearance as himself in the two-part finale of the series called Journey’s End where the Doc (David Tennant, 36) faces his deadliest threat from Dalek creator Davros.

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Creation Museum Archaeopteryx Reconstruction: Does It or Doesn’t It Have Teeth?

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A few evolutionist bloggers have been chattering on about the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum’s Archaeopteryx reconstruction. Abyssal’s Web Log makes a number of interesting claims in a posting titled Creationist Museum Lies About Archaeopteryx. First, we’ll point out that there is no evidence that Abyssal was ever at the museum, and thus has not actually seen the Archaeopteryx reconstruction. How so? He states:

“The Creation Museum had a model of a life restoration of Archaeopteryx present in their Garden of Eden exhibit…”

The model is actually in the Dinosaur Den exhibit. There is no Archaeopteryx in the Garden of Eden exhibit. Both exhibit areas are some distance apart from each other. The Dinosaur Den exhibit opened July 4th — 5 weeks after the official Museum opening. Since Abyssal has not had the opportunity to actually see, up close and in person, AiG’s reconstruction, his other points are just typical pajama blogger off-the-cuff comments. But, it seems that Abyssal is just parroting accusations made by Chris over at Duae Quartunciae in Jurassic Pigeon at the Creation Museum!

Back on May 26, 2007, Chris wrote a short but rambling screed about the Creation Museum opening, in which he took exception to the Museum’s Archaeopteryx reconstruction. Of course, like Abyssal, Chris has not been to the Creation Museum. (He lives in Australia.) Chris dug up a March 28th blog posting by Ken Ham, in which Ken posted a picture of a Buddy Davis reconstruction. Hhhmm. March 28th? Is it possible that Chris saw a photo of a reconstruction still being worked on? For an exhibit not opened until a month after the Memorial Day 2007 Museum opening? Is it typical of evolutionists to pontificate about things they’ve never seen? Perhaps all of the above. We shall see…

Both Chris and Abyssal seemed to be obsessed with the idea that Buddy’s reconstruction is missing teeth and that he substituted a beak, rather than a reptile-like jaw. Remember, they’re both looking at a low resolution image of a photo looking up at the model and taken outdoors (notice the pine trees behind the model?) Take the image from Ken’s blog and load it into your favorite image editor. Magnify the image several times. Take a look at the mouth/beak/jaw area. Can you see the teeth?

In case your eyes aren’t any better than mine, click on the image below to see Buddy’s reconstruction as actually displayed at the Creation Museum:

Conspiracy theorists may claim AiG’s blog posting and the above image aren’t of the same reconstruction. Keep in mind the differences in angle, lighting, indoor vs outdoor setting, and the resolution. Look closely at the branch in both pictures. It’s the same branch, and the feet are in the same position — still taking into account camera angle differences. Below is a smaller-sized image of AiG’s March 2007 blog posting with another recent photo of their Archaeopteryx model:


Apparently these guys are not birders. They need to turn off the computer, buy a good pair of binoculars and a bird feeder, then sit out on the back porch. A few hours looking at real birds in the backyard might sober them up a bit!

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