Ken Ham is quite a controversial figure in some circles. He is labeled an Australian-born Christian fundamentalist and young Earth creationist. He makes his home here in the United States. Ham is an author and public speaker and very adamant against the theory of evolution. He is also the president and founder of the Creation Museum and genius behind the Ark Encounter, a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark from the Bible.
The Ark Encounter was erected according to the dimensions given in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. The impressive, all-wooden vessel spans 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high and is located in Williamstown, Kentucky. The ark is available for visitors to check out, along with a zoo of animals and plenty of exhibits. You can take a peek here at the Ark Encounter.
Both Ham’s Creation Museum at $27 million and the Ark Encounter at $100 million are very expensive projects and represent strong theories he believes in. Ham is more concerned with his own ideals of creationism, than issues pertaining to abortion or gay marriage, for example. The enemy to Ham is science itself.
If you read Ham’s Twitter page, you will learn a lot about his thoughts on creationism versus evolution. For example, in one tweet, Ham turns his attention to the scientists around the world:
“Think of the millions & millions of dollars wasted by scientists attempting to research false belief of molecules to man evolution-sad waste.”
Here’a another tweet Ham sent to social media, criticizing life that he believes does not exist beyond the galaxy:
“Think of the wasted millions of dollars by scientists trying to find non-existent aliens–dollars could be put to such great use for humans.”
Those who disagree with Ham, laugh at his ideas that man and dinosaur roamed the earth together, and planet earth is about 6,000 years old. People like Hermant Mehta of The Friendly Athiest blasts Ham and his ignorance of the way science operates. For instance, when it comes to researching diseases, Mehta explains how science plays a key role:
“That knowledge helps us stay one step ahead of harmful organisms when it comes to creating vaccines, antibiotics, and other drugs.”
Visiting the Ark Encounter isn’t so cheap. According to the website, adults have to pay $40 to take a stroll upon this incredibly massive boat, children 5-12, $28 and kids under 12 get in free. Senior citizens get aboard by paying $31.
There may be a reason for the not so inexpensive ticket cost. The tickets include admission to both Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum (only 45 minutes from the Ark).