The Ark Encounter

The exterior of the Ark Encounter (all photos by and courtesy Riley Hay)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — What’s 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, 51 feet high, and made of 3.3 million linear feet of wood? If you don’t already know, then you’re on the wrong bus. “Ladies and gentleman, I present Noah’s Ark,” says the bus driver when the gargantuan structure comes into view. People onboard clap. A woman shouts, “Wow!” My friend Meredith shoots me a look that says, this ought to be good.

Ken Ham, the man at the helm of the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), says he’s built the most accurate replica of Noah’s Ark ever. It’s the centerpiece of what might become a new Christian theme park, maybe a second coming of Heritage USA. Unlike typical theme park attractions, the Ark isn’t landscaped. Not yet, anyway. It hulks, like a pale wooden cruise ship in dry dock, atop a forested hill in northwestern Kentucky, somewhere near Lake Kincaid. Now the largest timber frame structure in the world, it’s instantly become the most conspicuous attraction in Grant County, a rural county near Cincinnati. On the day I visit, July 9, the Ark has been open to the public for two days; attendance has already exceeded expectations. Jimmy Carter has visited. So has Bill Nye the Science Guy. Inside, light pours in from the skylights. There is the smell of fresh cut timber. Replicas of dinosaurs, two by two, stand in cages. A drumbeat pulses. A line of people, many wearing T-shirts advertising their church group affiliations, snakes into an exhibit about the world before The Flood. Everyone is very, very nice.

I have come, with my brother Travis and my friend Meredith, her 14 year old daughter Riley, and Riley’s cousin Molly, to experience the Ark Encounter, the newest attraction from AIG, a Creationist group that believes the world was created in six days. AIG is devoted to Biblical literalism: the Earth is 6,000 years old, mankind was created in God’s image, and dinosaurs roamed the Earth until the Middle Ages. That last bit is a cosmological sleight of hand that sends AIG’s history of the world into the realm of kitsch. I like kitsch. A few years ago, Travis and I went to the Creation Museum, AIG’s answer to the traditional natural history museum and its first attraction in Kentucky. We walked the museum’s route and read the exhibit guides refuting evolution and Darwinism — “Why are there so many different kinds of finches? It’s God’s plan.” — and took in the detailed faux taxidermy and animatronics. The Creation Museum is certainly committed to its vision; it’s like stepping into a fully realized false history of the world. One scene from this false history showed Adam and Eve seated in the Garden of Eden while, in the foreground, something that looked like Steven Spielberg’s take on a velociraptor chomped down on a coconut. (According to AIG, all of God’s creatures were vegetarians until The Fall.) For me, in terms of imagery, this was right up there with dogs playing poker.

That day, Travis and I learned that AIG was planning to build a replica of Noah’s Ark. This seemed like genius on Ham’s part, a large-scale canvas for a spectacle of Salvation. (Dinosaurs and people, living together on a boat!) When Travis called me with the news that the Ark would be opening in July, we each put down $40 for guaranteed admission during the Ark’s 40 Days and 40 Nights promotion (through August 15). Ham and his ark park, as it’s known in Kentucky, had been in Kentucky news since 2011. First, the state awarded AIG tax incentives for building a large tourist attraction that would include the Ark. Then AIG had to scale back the project and that, in addition to its Christians-only hiring policies, led the state’s Tourism, Arts, and Heritage board to reject the incentive package. AIG filed a federal lawsuit and the board, reorganized under a more sympathetic governor, caved, awarding AIG $18 million. (Another $10 million in government support is on the way in the form of road improvements on Interstate 75.) Most recently, an atheist group called Tri-State Freethinkers had to abandon its plan to protest the Ark with a billboard campaign called “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths.” No billboard company in Kentucky would rent space to them. In the meantime, AIG started advertising the ark park on national television. This meant that anyone from Kentucky, like me, was often fielding questions about why the hell there was a gigantic Noah’s Ark replica in the Bluegrass. It was too much.

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Is the ark park entertainment or is it religion? This is the question Kentucky has grappled with, and it’s what we’ve come to figure out for ourselves.

We think we’re in the minority. In the parking lot, a nearby Ford F150 disgorged an extended family of Mennonite Christians, prompting  Meredith to read Riley and Molly the riot act: this is a religious experience for many of the people here today; we need to respect that. Travis is sporting his Creation Museum hat. He thinks it will keep the more believing Ark-goers from shooting him dirty looks when he involuntarily sniggers at the displays.

The bright, smiling Ark guides — fair-skinned and blond, like so many folks in Kentucky — seem sincere. (They can’t all be AIG believers, but they do all seem inoculated against cynicism.) We learn from them that currently the ark park includes the Ark, a restaurant, and a petting zoo. There are plans to add a theater and what a guide calls a “high-end restaurant” inside the Ark itself. We’ve put Riley in charge of documenting our journey through the Ark. Once we’re there — past the second of two ticketing pavilions, where in the future we’ll be able to buy zip line tickets — she dutifully runs about getting artful images of the Ark’s exterior. Meredith looks dubiously at the anemic pond alongside the Ark. “What they need is some water to rush in and flood the thing periodically,” she says.

The Ark Encounter (all photos by and courtesy Riley Hay)

The Ark Encounter

Entrance to the Ark is staged. We walk through a crowd control cattle shoot under videos of Noah building his Ark. A heathen woman wearing maroon face paint and her heathen boyfriend scoff at Noah and his gloomy forecast. There are wooden crates and earthenware jugs on the floor around us, as if we’re here for move-in day and Noah’s still unpacking. At the top of the ramp we pose to have our picture taken in front of a green screen. I ask the photographer what exactly will be in the background. (I’m hoping it’s heathens drowning in the waves.) We’ll have a choice, he tells us. The photo will be waiting for us in the gift shop.

And then? We step into the Ark! We walk through a hall lined with racks of small wooden animal enclosures. The first thing I notice is the sound — birds squawk and waves crash. We’re riding the waves of The Flood!

And it’s exotic! I know this because the Ark has an Orientalist playlist. A drumbeat pulses, and then the whine of a flute. Strings soar in a minor key and a voice sings something vaguely “Arab.” “This sounds like the soundtrack to The Mummy,” I say to Meredith. We look up and see speakers at every column meeting the decks. It’s not quite loud, but it’s insistent.


The interior of the Ark Encounter (click to enlarge)

We’re on Deck One. (There are three in total.) There are no windows inside the Ark and no observation deck, but there are skylights that illuminate the center of the structure. Old-timey lamps hang in the hallways between the enclosures along the sides and the central displays. Riley and I agree the space inside is more open than we anticipated. Everything is made of wood or rope or canvas. There’s a sepia-toned sameness to the displays that is occasionally punctuated by red or blue clothing on Noah and his family, or the green plants inside Noah’s living quarters, or the murals and dioramas of the exhibitions. But on Deck One, the animal enclosures are dim, all except the enclosure that contains what resemble velociraptors.

“Is that a raptor?” a boy asks his father. I’d like to know myself. None of the animals are identified by name. It’s a pity; the workmanship on the models is excellent. The Ark’s website showed video of the artists — who are never credited onboard the Ark — making replicas of extinct mega-fauna. And so I was looking forward to learning the names of large animals that had disappeared from the Earth. (The irony is that 25 miles away, in Big Bone Lick, modern paleontology got its start with the discovery of mastodon  bones in 1793.) I’m also disappointed. I expected the Ham team to make replicas of all 7,000 animal pairs they claim were onboard the Ark. But the smaller cages are all empty.

“You thought this would be educational?” Travis asks from under his Creation Museum hat. He’s looking at me the same way the heathen’s boyfriend looked at Noah.


Dinosaurs aboard the Ark (click to enlarge)

Full disclosure: I am a heathen. But I am open-minded. Reading the displays onboard, I learn that Noah didn’t need to take marine creatures on the Ark. That makes sense; they could swim. I learn that God sent Noah juvenile dinosaurs and megafauna, because they would fit better into the Ark. Fine. I learn that Noah only needed a pair of every kind of animal on the planet. ‘Kind’ here corresponds with the taxonomic category of family. So Noah didn’t need to bring wolves, coyotes, dingoes, etc. He only needed two of the “dog kind.”

It seems like a cop-out, but AIG does that. They use the past to explain the present and the present to explain the past in a dizzying scientism all their own. According to AIG, the Ark voyagers disembarked to a vastly different Earth from the one they had known before. Bears went to the poles and became, you got it, polar bears. Riley sums it up best when she asks, “So there is adaptation but not evolution?” Yes, Riley’s a smart cookie. She wants to talk about carbon dating, but we tell her to cut it out.

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The sound of Brendan Frasier fighting off the mummy army lures us to the Ark’s upper decks. Traffic piles up behind the Ark-goers riding mobility scooters. They hang back at the entrances to exhibits, inching forward in a polite yet insistent way. (I hope the zip line will be able to accommodate them.) Like everyone else, they want to get into the Ark’s special exhibits. Textual analysis has led AIG to deduce that Noah must have had a workshop. (Its display includes a very buff Noah sawing wood.) And there was a wastewater removal system. The Ark Technology display is so popular we abandon hope of getting into it. We learn how the Flood affected the fossil record and linguistic history. We learn about other religious accounts of devastating floods; AIG tells us the Bible’s Ark was the only seaworthy vessel among the lot, ergo their Flood is the only one that really happened. The entrance to Noah’s living quarters is marked with a coy note about how the women onboard the Ark aren’t named in the Bible — AIG ringing true, for once — but it seems the ladies were OK with birds. Wooden birdcages line the wall of Noah’s bedroom, floor to ceiling.


Noah in his workshop aboard the Ark Encounter

We round the corner to find a kind of theosophy nook beside the Ark’s loading dock. A few placards hang on the wall. “How could a benevolent God destroy his creatures?,” they ask. This instantly becomes my favorite place inside the Ark. It’s bleak, and it doesn’t invite lingering. You would think there would be a bench.

After all, the Ark Encounter is about teachable moments. Ham’s reasoning for building the life-size model was to give kids a “real” Ark and not one of the “fairy tale” play Arks that they see in toy stores. Indeed, there is a children’s exhibit in the Ark that displays such offending, “fairy tale” children’s books, which Ham considers “dangerous to children’s spiritual well-being.” The original Ark encounter was not a fun time for Noah and his animal buddies, goes the logic, so we shouldn’t trivialize the event for children’s consumption.

Of course, to many of us a “life-size” Ark is just as make-believe as a small one. It’s a little like thinking that if you build a life-size Magic Kingdom, it will make the creatures of Walt Disney’s imagination real. The only people who might succumb to such fantasies are, in fact, children. And maybe it’s for the children that Ham has built his Ark. Everywhere inside the Ark we see parents and grandparents having conversations with kids about God and the history of the world. “And on what day did God create man?” a grandfather asks a little girl outside The Flood display. “The sixth!” She beams up at him. Elsewhere, I hear a man talking to a boy about the equator and polar shifts. A grandparent points out the vegetables Noah kept in his larder; he shows the boy the light source for the vegetables is the Ark skylight.

Ham’s genius is in creating places where fundamentalist Christians can get together, safe from the moral superiority of liberals and atheists. (A wristband available in the Ark gift store reads “”) Bill Nye’s take on the Ark is that what could be a charming piece of Americana is being used as a dangerous tool for brainwashing kids. It’s funny that both Ham and Nye are concerned with what’s ‘dangerous’ for kids. Parents brainwash their kids into their views on politics, sports, entertainment, sexuality, you name it. Growing up means coming to terms with the stories our parents — and people like Ham and Nye — told us. Many people to whom religion was force-fed when they were children walk away from the church as adults. We all pick and choose stories to give our lives meaning. We’re all a little crazy. And religious crazy is an important part of our national project. So get over it.


Inside Noah’s living quarters aboard the Ark Encounter (click to enlarge)

Is the Ark dangerous? I don’t think so. Let’s assume that having a shared knowledge of science is the most important part of being an informed citizen today — and if you read this site regularly, I think you should take issue with that assumption; the Ark is not asking parents to stop vaccinating their children. Biblical literalism isn’t going to change the scientific consensus on climate change. It might bolster the argument.

How much ignorance can a free society tolerate? Why is it more important to know the name Galileo than Picasso? How many of us can appreciate Western canonical literature and art without googling the Biblical references? Would we prefer for our children be smart rather than kind? These are the questions the Ark raises, but does not ask outright, let alone answer.

Still, the Ark in real-time takes a toll on this non-believer. On Deck Three there is an excellent exhibit on the history of the Bible, but we’re too tired. Somewhere on Deck Two, we lost steam. The mental gymnastics required to read the exhibit displays wore us out. We have faith in our narrator. “I’m done,” Meredith says, and we all agree. We head to the gift shop, where we’re  surprised to find a wide selection of Fair Trade merchandise. The Ark soundtrack plays here and in the ladies’ room nearby. Travis buys some T-shirts and a cubit-length measuring stick.

Outside the gift shop, Molly, who has kept her mouth shut the entire time, delivers the understatement of the day: “That was weird,” she says.

The five of us head to the petting zoo, where, as Meredith predicted, they have goats. We have lunch at Emzala’s, a 1,500-seat fast food restaurant that stands opposite the Ark. We line up to order pizzas and chicken fingers to the sound of the never-ending Mummy music. (Don’t get the French fries.) We sit on the outside upper deck and talk about what more the park could add. Riley and I agree the place needs a passion play, a really gory one. What will it be like during the school year? How will attendance wane?

So this is what $100 million and a vision will get you. Whatever happens to Ken Ham and AIG, the ark park is in Kentucky for good — come hell or high water. Will I got back? Probably not. Did we have fun? Not exactly, but we all agree it was an experience.


Inside the Ark Encounter

Natalie Axton is writing a book about the history of pole dancing. She is the founder and editorial director at Critical Read.

43 replies on “Aboard a “Life-Size” Replica of Noah’s Ark in Rural Kentucky”

  1. -Are you “embarrassed” by the story of Jesus walking on water, raising Lazarus from the dead, or Jesus rising from the dead after tree days in the tomb? Scientists all say these things are scientifically impossible. Yet, I assume you believe them as a Christian? If you’re not embarrassed by those things, why are you embarrassed by God’s creation week and the flood? Do you trust man’s word or God’s word?

    -No taxpayer dollars were used. Not one cent. Sales tax incentives are based on future revenue. Taxpayer money is not being used at all

    -Moneychangers? Answer in Genesis is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

    -” I doubt very much that it meets fire code or that it is properly sprinkled.” You would be wrong. It meets fire code and is full of sprinklers.

    1. BTW the Bible was written in Hebrew. Not in English.

      The opening words are in a confusing grammatical order.
      בראשית ברא ה׳ את השמים ואת הארץ
      In the beginning OF… created God, the heavens and the earth.

      In Hebrew it sounds just as confusing.
      At the beginning OF…. Of what?

      Classical Hebrew commentators who actually understood the language, offered this among many possible ways to read it.

      “At the early stage of God’s creating the Heavens and the Earth, while earth was still disorganized.”

      In other words, the Bible does not fill in all of the details. Certainly not what happened earlier than that great organization and “separation”. The Revelation at Sinai was about what God expects from man. Not about physics.

      1. You are only partially right. If you really study Hebrew you will find that any time the word Yom is used it ALWAYS means one twenty four hour period if any of the following are included in the sentence. An ordinal expression word or number, or if it is used in conjunction with either the word evening or morning. This is and always has been a fact. Now think about this. In the way God wrote these verses He included both an ordinal value and both the words of evening and morning. He could not be any clearer than that. The problem comes in when man tries to make it look like the bible was not talking about an ordinary day during the creation process so it can be re-written to match secular thought instead of sticking with what God said in the first place.

        In fact, every other place clear through the Old Covenant that the word Yom is used it is always translated as one day when the conditions I stated above are used. The only place they change that is when they try to insert large amounts of time so it can be twisted to look like God created in great amounts of time. This is how Satan works. The same way he got to Eve when he told her, “Did God Truly Say.” You have played right into his hands.

    2. To your first question: Yes. To your second point, sales tax incentives are tax dollars – anyway you arrange it. Presumably, Noah didn’t charge his guests a king’s ransom to get aboard. When you consider this 510 foot long “replica” was built on the taxpayer dime (including taxes from people who aren’t allowed to find employment there), it ought to be free. But then, Jesus isn’t around to knock over some tables at Ham’s sham.

      Get ready to pay pay $40 for adults ($31 for seniors) and $28 for children. And that’s besides the $10 you have to put out for parking. PRAISE JESUS!

      1. You are talking a fools talk. I know for a fact there has not been one dime spent of tax payers money in building the Ark. The money does not even start coming to them until the gates are open and a proven large quantity of people have paid to get in. So this is still money that would never have even gone into the states coffers without the Ark opening it’s doors. This is one of the greatest lies the atheists try to foist on the American people. Too bad there are people around who really understand what is going on.

        Just more lies and misinformation from the atheists who do not follow moral values of telling the truth.

    3. You’re not really reading the scriptures. Like you, in the times you are referencing there were weak in faith, and weak in biblical reading Christians. Because the earth spoken of in the Old Testament speaks to a round earth. “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:”
      Isaiah 40:22 KJV

      1. You’re reaching bro but that’s okay because that’s what unbelief does. Unsubstantiated rhetoric I respect that. You’ll just have to get your answers the hard way. Jesus was dealing with people just like you I think they were called Pharisees.

      2. You apparently do not know how to read ordinary literature. I can find Mark Twain talking about the four corners of the earth yet he did not believe the earth was a cube. Yet that it the type of argument you are basing your whole argument one??? Seriously! You have got to be kidding me. No one is that naive. But here you are trying to use arguments that any third grader could see through.
        I am truly ashamed of you calling yourself a Christian when the very Christ you claim as your savior in one breath to totally disagree with what He says on the other. Christ Himself told them,

        Mat 19:4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,

        Notice He said He created them Male and Female HUMANS right from the beginning. He did not create them microbe and microbe but fully two opposite sex humans. So what you are saying is, I know what you said Jesus but you really need to go back and study your science books so you can get it right.
        Christ also says anyone who is ashamed of Him He will be ashamed of them at His coming. I suggest this is such a serious thing that you go back and do some serious study of God’s Word without the liberal theologians telling you what to think just so they can be looked on by the world as wise men. Wise in man’s eyes will never get you into the kingdom of heaven.

        You speak as though you know the arguments of the creationists but then totally disprove this by your comments. I really feel sorry for you. You have sold out to the ways of the world rather than believe God when He says something, you make sure it matches what the so called wise people of this world say.

    4. Well said. It’s amazing how the lie about taxpayer dollars being used for the Ark projects keeps on being propagated. Interesting how the incredible benefits of such a projects to a community are ignored. Besides the jobs it created, most businesses in the area will profit as it will bring a lot of visitors to the area.

    5. Amused Male: Please note that Christian scientists and most Christians accept and even contribute to the scientific field of micro-evolution (minor adaptions of living creatures, similar to in-breeding which have been used to great effect by farmers for centuries). Christians (including myself) are also agreeing with observed cases of macro-evolution (changes at the level of species or above), but I need to quickly point out that the observed cases of macro-evolution are downward / negative, e.g. changes that involve no new information such as when a control gene is switched on or off which may result in an organism that can be classified as another species. This is where Bible-believing Christians differ from some scientists who believe that genetic information can naturally increase. Even high profile evolution scientists (Mayr, Ayala etc.) disagree with the idea that the observed small changes in living things are sufficient to account for the grand scheme of microbes-to-mankind evolution.

      1. > micro-evolution … macro-evolution

        I believe in micro walking, not macro walking. I can walk to the mail box but clearly I can’t walk to the next street over.

        For .

      2. There is no macro or micro evolution. There’s only evolution, a basic scientific fact which exists and is of no threat and in no opposition to Christian faith.

        You can’t read scripture and get bogged down in questions of factuality. When Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan did his audience say: “And what was his name? Where was this road? How big was the Inn? What were its nightly rates?” They understood it in parabolic terms because its purpose was metaphorical, not factual. The purpose of Genesis and indeed of the Bible itself is likewise allegorical. Its truthfulness is not dependent on the happened-ness of its stories.

    6. I’m confident that AIG also hang their faith first and foremost on Jesus (like you and me). That does not mean that we should ignore the rest of the Bible though, especially not when it is to follow atheist scientists who make claims that contradict the Bible. Please note that the historical sciences are not exact, proven to be true, repeatable, observed etc. That is true for operational sciences, which is also the branch of science that provided the principles for engineers to build cars, computers, aeroplanes etc. A lot of murders that happened a few months ago cannot even be solved scientifically, but some scientists seem to be very sure about things that supposedly happened billions of years ago. What scientists working in historical sciences don’t advertise too widely is that historical sciences rely on many assumptions. There is no need to be ashamed of God or his works. If you believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible as the word of God, then you should also not be ashamed of the Biblical fact that God instructed Noah to build an Ark to survive a world-wide flood.

  2. its an absolutely disgusting waste of wood. are they gonna tear it down and use the wood for something else?
    how many houses or homeless shelters could that have built. how many winters could that wood have heated peoples homes?

    1. Christian organisations across the globe give a lot of money and labour to help the homeless and others who suffer. Like non-believers, believers may also engage in educational, entertainment and other projects. I’ve personally given small donations for this Ark project, and it did not reduce the money I give for the poor. I’m no saint and the money I give regularly for good causes is not a lot. My point is that your logic is false. Building the Ark did not stop other good projects already happening. In fact, it may just inspire more people to support welfare projects in the long run in obedience to God’s commandments in the Bible.

    2. when was the last time that you ‘gave” anything to anyone, other than your uniformed opinion.. At least do a little research before sounding off cause you sound like a moron.

      1. i just purchased a few necessities and a couple ‘wants’ for a friend yesterday, i give to society fairly regularly via volunteering my time, and donating goods to the local food pantries, and try to reduce my waste by using only what is necessary for myself and my children, with the exception of the internet and a computer. nice assumption and insult though, very mature

  3. Having fun? Lots of time on your hands? It’s “chute”, not “shoot” in paragraph # 8. Why isn’t this in Branson? Perhaps a military recruiting site is coming? Do they have armed guards in case of Muslims or Left Coasters approaching?

    1. Why the assumption that this matters enough for “Left Coasters” to care? It’s just a monument to people who are terrible at exegesis.

  4. I read an academic article, published by a school of art, about “Theologocial Blindness”.
    The point was that the uniformly secularist attitudes in academia, PREVENT art and art history students from learning the Christian theology that lies at the base of all of Western Art. They can not even understand the degree that Modern art is based on Humanistic values of later theologians, and then upon in reaction or rebellion to religion.

    The same point may be made for the “experts” in academia and foreign policy, and their willful Theological Blindness. I wonder how many of the fools in e State Dept, NY Times or Berkeley, had ever bothered to read the Qoran until 3 years ago?
    How many can name Mohammad’s oldest and youngest wives, whose jealousies are the base of the Sunni / Shiite war going on?

    I salute the author’s open mindedness and curiosity. And I hope that she gets no rotten tomatoes thrown at her for being so Redneck and Flyover Country, by the Pluralistic folks in Williamsburg and SF Bay.

  5. Theodicy is an attempt to vindicate God over against the evidence of evil. Theosophy is a kind of occultism philosophy channeling direct insights into the mysteries of life, like why Noah needed to bring juvenile dinosaurs onto his Ark instead of just eggs, thus saving more room for craft night in his wood shop.

    1. History shows that the ego is a formidable foe that tricks scientists and religionists alike into believing that theirs is the only correct path. And social engineer conditioner political scientists understand how to take advantage of the human condition thus giving them crowd control. Are YOU a member of the crowd? 65+ square miles of public lands in Idaho with numerous old growth Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir just burned down while the let it burn crowd stood around picking their noses..

  6. I don’t know a lot about the bible or how to explain how anyone or anything has come about in the world. I believe in God not because of some Bible thumper or opinionated evangelist on Sunday morning. In fact I will not acknowledge the actions of anyone who pushes ways on others while reaching into their wallets. As for Noah’s Ark, I believe it was and God is the greatest scientist of all. I can’t argue on any religious side but to me we all will learn the truth in time.

  7. I’ve read attendance is no where near what Ham projected. Doesn’t he have access to divine prophecy? I hope the Ark can be converted into a B & B should the Ark thing not work out.

  8. This was a good post. I like your take on it, I am an atheist and because of that I was not sure how to look at this as Disney or church? I guess it is more kitch. How long will it last, $40 is a lot of money for a visit. We’ll see. I think it is bound to fail.

  9. “Rationality without Empiricism is like a day without sunshine.”—with apologies to Anita Bryant

    1. Amen. However, methinks they ought to make the ark seaworthy. Maybe a few coats of varnish will do it. Cuz there might be another flood. Problem is, there are many more species around now than was specified for Noah. Doubt Mr. Ham has considered that.

      And who’s going to clean out those cages once the waters withdraw?

  10. Cannot wait to see it!!! Love the stories and love the fact it is something the family can enjoy together

  11. As a Christian I would have to ask a question that if a theme park might lead 1 non-believer closer to believing in God would have it to have some value……I look at the Noah’s Ark Encounter Park as a family fun way of teaching the entire community something that is needed in America a way back to the basics……it is a family friendly activity {theme park } that does not serve strong drink… has family friendly things to do….all ages can attend…..educational….moral setting…. no guns or weapons and you can attend at your own free will which is one of our rights….our family enjoys going to good theme parks/water parks but I will have to say that they do serve strong drinks….they are some what immoral…..sometimes they are not family friendly….and sometimes children see things they shouldn’t see in others from some of the activities that is taking place {maybe others should not see also}……and it is not for all ages…..but it is my free will to go to this theme park … a Christian I would have to buy the ticket to the theme park that might show someone about God and a better way of life just a small glimpse of hope for them to look for more..which ticket do you choose as Christian the ticket to just a fun day at a theme park that is forgotten in a few weeks. OR the ticket to a theme park to show someone a great day of discovery about one of God’s people and what could be their first day of a journey with God……. As a Christian which ticket would you buy? It is our freedom to Love God and to Share God

  12. “atheists and liberals”? Liberals (whom stole and abuse the meaning of the word liberal) have no monopoly on atheism.

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