Well, it’s time to take a look at Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter. After the video, we’ll elaborate on a few of the details.
- Built from the specs taken directly out of the bible.
Mr. Ham usually fails to mention that the bible was pretty light on specs. The only information given is the following:
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
So, that’s about it: length, breadth, width, one window, one door. Hardly enough to justify the highly ornate construction built by Mr. Ham et al.
- This gigantic ship brings the reality of what Noah accomplished and how.
It’s not a ship. It’s a building. The construction methods used do not conform to any style used in the fabrication of wooden vessels.
Wooden ships naturally take on water. Very large wooden ships take on a LOT of water. No method of bilge water removal was specified; neither in the bible nor in Mr. Ham’s construction. The reference to coating the ship inside and out with pitch, a tar-like substance, would not mitigate this problem. The pitch would develop cracks along the wood seams as soon as the boat began to flex, as all wooden boats do.
The biblical reference to pitch as a sealant tends to imply that the authors had no real knowledge of shipbuilding. The pitch would only make the planks themselves water resistant; not the joints. No mention of ‘caulk’ (a material forced between the individual planks that caused a seal when the wood swelled from absorbing water) was made
- Noah only needed to care for roughly 7,000 animals, at most.
As it was clearly specified that these animals were to be in breeding pairs, on male and one female, that comes out to ~3,500 ‘KINDS’ (‘KINDS’ has never been clearly defined) of animals. So, there’s our first piece of data.
The present count of species of land animals (Mr. Ham is very specific about the Ark’s ‘No Fish’ policy) is approximately 6.5 million. That’s our second piece of data,
This means that each ‘KIND’ had to branch into 1,857 viable species (a well defined, scientific term) in just over 4,000 years. Speciation does not occur at that rate.
- Mr. Ham also asserts that there were dinosaurs on board.
If he sticks to his timeline, the Ark was 65,000,000 years too late to be able to transport ANY dinosaur. (Except birds, which are the last remnant of the once-populous dinosaur lineages. Over 700 species have been identified so far.)
Check back soon for more in the Ken Ham the Anti-Science Sham series!