Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Noah's Ark toys undermine Christianity, says prominent creationist

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With no shortage of creationism controversies raging here in the UK this summer, it would be easy to forget that the best stories from the wacky world of evolution denial usually come from the other side of the pond.

With that in mind, I'm grateful to the Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta for reminding me that America's leading creationist Ken Ham is still out there, keeping an eye on the facts for all us sinners.

In a post on the website of his organisation Answers in Genesis, Ham has a new gripe – cartoon depictions of Noah's Ark. The problem, he says, is that they are just too unrealistic:
"Many times over the years, I have warned parents about using pictures of what we call “bathtub arks” with their children. Such pictures, usually with giraffes sticking out the top in a small unrealistic boat overloaded with animals, are sadly the norm in many Christian children’s books that deal with the topic of Noah and the Ark."
In case you're wondering what a "bathtub ark" looks like, here's Ham's example:

His post continues:
"I have warned parents that such pictures are 'cute but dangerous'. Why?

The secularists do all they can to mock God’s Word and in an effort to capture the hearts and minds of children so they will not believe the Bible and its saving message of the gospel. The secularists accuse Christians of believing fairy tales if they accept the Genesis account of Creation, Fall, and Flood as written—as true historical records. And really, when we allow children to think Noah’s Ark looked like one of these 'bathtub Arks', we are reinforcing the false idea that the account of the Ark was just a fairy tale.

Over the years, I’ve found many churches have “bathtub arks” depicted on the walls of their kindergarten area, in their children’s Sunday school classrooms, etc. In my writings, I plead with leaders in the church to remove these—what I consider to be dangerous to the spiritual well-being of children."
So what's the solution? How do we avoid creating a false impression as to the veracity of Noah's Ark:
"We need instead to show children that Noah’s Ark was a real ship—a great ship—with plenty of room to fit the land animal kinds, and seaworthy to survive a global Flood. That’s why at Answers in Genesis and in our materials, we show Noah’s Ark according to the dimensions in the Bible and as a real seaworthy ship. Let’s make an effort to “sink” the “bathtub arks” and make sure we use it as an illustration of a real ship of biblical dimensions."
 To avoid future confusion, Ham has provided an accurate representation of the ship:

So there you have it – let's put a stop to all those lubberly and un-navy-like depictions of Noah's Ark once and for all, and portray her as the fine seafaring vessel she really was!

(PS - and with this in mind, I wonder if Russell Crowe's forthcoming depiction of Noah will prove realistic enough for Ken Ham?)
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