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» PBS Ark Encounter Documentary Angers Ken Ham

The show apparently wasn’t as balanced as had been promised.

“We Believe in Dinosaurs” is a documentary which aired on PBS (the Public Broadcasting Service) on February 17. It supposedly is an even-handed account of the development of the Ark Encounter, the full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark  which was built by Answers in Genesis (AiG), the creationist organization founded by Ken Ham.

The 90-minute documentary seems to focus on the differences between how evolutionists and creationists view dinosaurs. Evolutionists, such as those who work at the U.S. Geological Survey, believe dinosaurs went extinct nearly 65 million years before people appeared on Earth.

Creationists believe otherwise. Doug Henderson, the head exhibit designer for attractions at both the museum and Ark Accounter, said, “We believe in dinosaurs. We believe that dinosaurs and man lived at the same time. The Bible does talk about creation week and all the mammals and humans were created on day six.”

The movie does seemingly allow some creationists to state their views. Georgia Purdom, a molecular geneticist at AiG, was quoted as saying, “We want to be able to bring that same level that you see at the Smithsonian but without the evolutionary indoctrination, the evolutionary fairytale so to speak.”

Although the filmmakers said they wanted to produce a non-judgmental history of the Ark Encounter, the documentary didn’t please everybody, and that includes Ken Ham.

In a commentary published February 19 on Cincinnati-com, Ham sees the documentary as “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.” He said he was given assurances that the film would not be biased, but it didn’t turn out that way. Ham says the project made a turn toward an anti-creationist viewpoint when controversial filmmaker Morgan Spurlock took it over in 2016 and helped fund it.

Ham complained about how the documentary appears to suggest that the Ark Encounter is failing. Some local leaders of Williamstown, the home of the Ark Encounter, were quoted as expressing disappointment that more tourists were not passing through town as a result of the Ark. However, Ham pointed out that Williamstown is on the other side of the freeway and lacks any major hotels or restaurants. He also says that other parts of northern Kentucky have seen “phenomenal economic impact generated by tourism.” Florence, Kentucky, for instance, has seen the construction of several new hotels because of the Ark.

The documentary also criticizes the alleged awarding of more than $18 million in state incentives to the Ark Encounter in 2014. Ham counters by denying once again that the Ark Encounter received any money at all in tax incentives. He says that like other tourist attractions, it only was legally approved to receive a rebate of sales taxes generated by the attraction.

Comment:
They say it is science vs. the Bible. So, what do opponents of creationism and the Bible mean by “science”? If they mean the laws of science, which are based on empirical or observable evidence as seen in nature, it is not possible for science to contradict the Bible because the Creator of the laws of science is also the Author of the Bible. If they mean the history of science, an accurate accounting of actual scientific discoveries and achievements, science also cannot contradict the Bible because the omniscient Creator is also the Author of the Bible. What they do usually mean is evolutionary science, which to a very large extent is not observable or testable and is based largely on assumptions and hypotheses. This kind of science does indeed contradict God and the Bible as well as some scientific observations such as the discovery of soft tissue found in so many dinosaur fossils.

It is regrettable that our national government continues to favor one side in the evolution-creation debate despite polls showing as much as 40% of Americans accept a strictly creationist view of human origins and as little as 22% accept a strictly evolutionary view of human origins. It is no wonder if many people including students accept evolutionary theory merely because they see that the government appears to support it. By the way, according to Wikipedia the annual budget of the organization which helps fund PBS, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, “is composed almost entirely of an annual appropriation from Congress plus interest on those funds.”

Stick with the Bible, which is God’s wisdom, and not the “wisdom of the world.” Unlike the world’s wisdom, God’s wisdom shows us the way to heaven through faith in Jesus Christ. “Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature, but it is not a wisdom of this world or of the rulers of this world, who are being reduced to nothing” (1 Corinthians 2:6).

References: Billy Kobin and Billy Kobin, “‘We Believe in Dinosaurs’: Kentucky Ark Encounter documentary offers flood of takeaways,” The Gleaner: Courier Journal [February 17, 2020]
     Ken Ham, “Opinion: Ark documentary another hatchet job,” Cincinnati com [February 19, 2020]


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About Me--Warren Krug
Decades ago I attended a so-called Lutheran university where I could have lost my faith. The science professors promoted the theory of evolution and made fun of anybody who believed in the account of creation as presented in the book of Genesis. Thanks be to God, some creationist literature and the Bible soon helped get me back on the right track. Ever since then I have taken an active interest in the creation/evolution controversy.

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