Ken Ham Complains PBS Documentary Focuses Too Much on Stupid Parts of Ark Encounter and Creationism
This week, creationist Ken Ham threw a fit over a 2019 documentary, We Believe in Dinosaurs, which aired this month on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series. He accused the documentary of being biased against creationism because it depicted, accurately, the appearance of dinosaurs in Ham’s “Ark Encounter” recreation of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. “It turned out to be an agenda-driven propaganda piece focusing on dinosaurs and the Ark Encounter, where dinosaurs represent only a tiny fraction of the exhibits at the Ark,” Ham wrote. That’s a bit like complaining that histories of Germany always mention that Hitler fellow even though he was only in power for 12 years.
But let’s not pretend that the dinosaurs are shunted off into a corner. A few years ago, Ham proudly shared images of an exhibit he planned showing Nephilim giants battling a dinosaur in a Minoan-inspired arena in the cyclopean style of the Mycenaeans. To complain that the documentary unfairly focused on the dinosaurs is to admit that the claim is insupportable and ridiculous; otherwise, he should be proudly embracing the imaginary history of Nephilim and dinosaurs that he trumpets. I thought his museum was all about presenting the so-called “truth.”
More telling, though, was Ham’s projection at the end of a Cincinnati Enquirer op-ed piece complaining about the PBS film: “This is a reminder that those who oppose the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum often take selected pieces of information and weave a false story for their propaganda purposes.”
You mean like your dinosaur battling Nephilim in a Mycenaean-Minoan amphitheater?
The warrant for that entire exhibit is selective cherry-picking of ancient information and modern fringe history, wrapped up in apocryphal Jewish texts that aren’t part of the canonical Bible. For example, the use of Mycenaean-style cyclopean architecture derives from Pausanias’s claim that the Cyclopes built the Mycenaean ruins because they were so large that no human could have constructed them.
I have previously reported that Ham’s pre-Flood history has little to do with the Bible and much to do with nineteenth and twentieth century fringe history books. The Ark Encounter refers to a global cult of serpent worship, which is not a biblical concept but one found in John Bathurst Deane’s 1830 book Serpent Worship. Similarly, the Ark Encounter envisions a pre-Flood world based on Ignatius Donnelly’s Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, complete with Mexican-style pyramids. Worst of all, the vicious Nephilim and their rampages as depicted in the Ark Encounter are nowhere to be found in Genesis 6:1-4 but rather in the apocryphal books of Enoch and Jubilees.
The museum calls such use of extra-biblical stories a “plausible backstory,” but it’s really just popular mystery-mongering bullshit from all your favorite paperback ancient mysteries books dressed up as God’s Word.
2/20/2020 09:26:32 am
"The museum calls such use of extra-biblical stories a “plausible backstory,” but it’s really just popular mystery-mongering bullshit from all your favorite paperback ancient mysteries books dressed up as God’s Word."
2/20/2020 12:52:20 pm
The idea that "we can't use stuff that isn't in the Bible as sources" is just silly. It's applying not just a religious test but a BIBLICAL test to scholarship and implies that Christians are obligated to be bound by what Jews consider canonical.
2/20/2020 04:00:43 pm
Whom were you quoting?
Good Book is also based on Ancient Calendar
2/21/2020 03:27:14 am
The number forty is to be found in a great many instances in the Old Testament; for instance, at the end of forty days Noah sent out a raven from the ark. Isaac and Esau were each forty years old when they married. Forty days were fulfilled for the embalming of Jacob. The spies were forty days in search of the land of Canaan. The Israelites wandered forty years in the wilderness. The land "had rest" forty years on three occasions. The land was delivered into the hand of the Philistines forty years. Eli judged Israel forty years. King David reigned forty years. King Solomon reigned forty years. Goliath presented himself forty days. The rain was upon the earth forty days at the time of the deluge. Moses was on the mount forty days and forty nights on each occasion.
2/22/2020 12:26:48 pm
Museums like this one are supported by crazy right-wing Christian Trump voters — so much for the idea that there are equal numbers of liberals and conservatives who believe in pseudoscience! Oops!
2/20/2020 09:53:52 am
I'm still somehow astounded at the tenacity of all this nonsense. How can these boobs continue to exist and suck money out of other boobs' pockets year after year?
Dominus Vobiscum Didjeridoo
2/20/2020 12:58:27 pm
What do you mean "revive"? Fifty thousand is a rounding error in the annual number of missing children and abortions. We're still getting the job done.
2/20/2020 10:06:28 am
Story of the Ark = survival of the hero akin to Moses in ark of the bulrushes. It's really the womb.
2/20/2020 10:14:25 am
The "rain" signifies the fertilisation, but of course that was cognate with something else (hint, hint)
2/20/2020 11:18:09 am
And thus spake the Lord: "I shall rain down on thee a golden shower..."
Jr. Anthony Warren
2/20/2020 12:43:58 pm
And the animals represent the pairs of chromosomes. Forty days and forty nights. Forty is five times eight and both five and eight are sacred to Venus. Forty is a pentagonal pyramidal number so it relates to the pyramids.
2/20/2020 12:49:22 pm
Betcha you'll never know the real significance of 40
2/20/2020 01:24:56 pm
The ruling aristocracy of certain ancient cultures (including Egyptian) claimed ancestry from 9 specific gods (the ennead). This reverence for the ennead (nine) points to the ultimate possibility that some among the ancients did reckon each 9th part of the year (or each term of 40 days) in reference to the dominion of a specific god (9 per year).
2/20/2020 01:32:04 pm
Passages in the book of Genesis do further point to the possibility that the ancients did once time track 40 days in an unbroken cycle. Of considerable significance is that the author of Genesis has the flood of Noah occurring 1656 years from the epoch of creation. This number of years (1656) happens to exactly be divisible by 9 years. Furthermore, the number of days in 1656 years happens to be divisible by 40 days (plus 1 day).
2/20/2020 02:37:22 pm
"...Forty days and forty nights..." / "...Ali Baba and the forty thieves..."
Jr. Anthony Warren
2/20/2020 05:38:49 pm
The day represents the Sun and the night represents the Moon. It's all astronomical you see.
2/21/2020 06:28:02 am
The animals represent the fact that you need one of each sex to procreate. There is no reason to think the ancients knew anything about chromosomes.
2/21/2020 08:11:21 pm
(plus 1 day)... so not really then.
Plus One Day
2/22/2020 02:29:17 am
When you work it out, it's good enough
Who's Nitpicking 1656 Years
2/22/2020 08:40:46 am
It ain't even 3 days between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
2/22/2020 10:40:01 am
Your mistake is using “between”
3 days not invented
2/22/2020 11:06:36 am
The 3 days are modelled on Hosea
2/22/2020 11:16:11 am
Like the constipated accountant you worked it out with a pencil.
2/22/2020 11:37:47 am
Myths are invented
Inventions and inventions
2/22/2020 12:20:07 pm
The New Testament is modelled on the Old Testament no matter how much Rorschach number crunching is applied.
2/24/2020 11:20:03 pm
You didn’t read.
Bran The Blessed
2/26/2020 10:29:24 am
The arithmetic here is underwhelming. I hink the ancients would be very disappointed in the way internet nutters have such a bad grasp of simple mathematics.
Jr. Time Lord
2/28/2020 06:28:49 am
The "3 Days" happens twice a year. When the Sun reaches the Summer Solstice the personified Sun has his head cut off and lies dead for 3 days before picking up his head and walking away. When the Sun reaches the Winter Solstice another symbolic death occurs. The Sun appears to rise in the same spot for 3 days. This is why we have zombie Jesus.
3/5/2020 10:37:01 am
Long lost very interesting conjecture:
2/20/2020 12:42:27 pm
Obviously the story of the ark is a re-telling of of the panspermia alien transport of life to this planet. Despite the absence of any kind of proof or even the slightest hint of logic, I can say this with absolute confidence because that is the tone of voice I am currently using.
2/20/2020 01:44:44 pm
The photo looks like the Nephilim are trying to fight dinosaurs and get freaky with human women at the same time. Looks a little too PG for a Christian museum unless you are really into the PG-13 Old Testament scene I guess.
2/20/2020 03:19:03 pm
"Come, let us make our father drunk with wine!"
2/20/2020 03:55:32 pm
2/20/2020 04:06:02 pm
Mrs. Tupper got damn lucky to draw a game card that specifically required daughter incest. The vast majority of Kent's comments usually involve men and juvenile males.
2/20/2020 05:47:23 pm
In the sense of Anthony Warren and Jim, yes. Still not sure which is which. But I've read recently that they're both...
Is chemical castration legal in all states yet/
2/20/2020 08:19:48 pm
don't let them get you down negrokent because the world needs probation officers and elementary school guards and sex crimes investigators and people like you help to ensure that there is always room in the budget for hiring more and more people for those jobs. You have value in the system
2/21/2020 04:19:34 am
How big was the subsidy Ark Encounter got from the state of Kentucky? Kinda huge, I think. How many, say, science teachers would the same amount have funded?
2/22/2020 11:46:19 am
Despite our Constitutional duties for doing the opposite, this half-backward country is filled with idiots who don’t want science publicly funded.
2/22/2020 09:26:33 pm
Who exactly do you think has a Constitutional duty to publicly fund science?
3/7/2020 09:23:49 pm
As said previously
Jr. Time Lord
2/21/2020 04:26:53 am
Noah's Ark is quite simply the zodiac. The giant stowed away on the ark is Orion.
2/21/2020 07:57:40 am
2/22/2020 11:53:35 am
Let's see if the zodiac has the required properties to be the Ark:
2/22/2020 12:07:55 pm
Astronomical cycles: real
Jewish calendar - It all depends
2/22/2020 02:35:32 pm
The Old Testament and the sacred number of 40 built into its religious history shows Judea to have originally observed a primitive calendar. The Book of Jubilees shows the Judeans to have been undecided about which calendar they chose to observe.
2/22/2020 02:35:48 pm
Anthony Warren: So lonely.
2/22/2020 02:38:34 pm
The Gospels parroted the emphasis of the original 40 day calendar. It's unclear if the authors of the Gospels actually knew the 40 days referred to an ancient calendar.
Jr. Time Lord
2/23/2020 01:07:16 pm
2/23/2020 03:56:19 pm
Jr. Time Lord
2/28/2020 06:38:33 am
2/24/2020 01:29:30 am
The full title of the Deane book is:
Parthenogenesis is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization by sperm. In animals, parthenogenesis means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. In plants parthenogenesis is a component process of apomixis.
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