Readers may vaguely remember Francis Collins’* colleague at BioLogos, Karl Giberson. In an expected pan review, he tells us:
Dogged by controversy since its conception, the project overcame many challenges. Tax incentives were controversial, given the organization’s view on LGBT hiring. Raising funds was a problem, solved partially by Ham’s high-profile debate with Bill Nye, who was an early visitor to the Ark Encounter. Scientists expressed concern about the promotion of pseudoscience. Biblical scholars objected to treating the myth of Noah’s flood as a historical event. Having overcome so many problems—which he views as the work of Satan—Ham now confidently states, “The Lord has worked mightily over the years to make this project a reality.”
The Ark Encounter is based on one of the grandest tales in Western Culture, although the 2014 Russell Crowe version was a bit flat. (Ham described it as “unbiblical, pagan” and “the worst film I’ve ever seen.”) More.
Russell Crowe was a gift to Ark Encounter. The film coinciding with the Encounter project probably convinced a lot of people that Noah and the Ark must be a big deal.
*BioLogos, we’ve been told, has moved on from the vision of its founder, Francis Collins. (Giberson isn’t there now either.)
But the real story here is Nye. Is Ham paying him to help raise funds? Nye can’t be doing all this for free, can he? Or maybe he just doesn’t get it?
Aw, back to work. But below, the Russell Crowe Noah trailer, now that Giberson mentions it.
See also: Bill Nye Encounters Ken Ham’s Ark: Nye is certainly adapting well to his new career as a pill.
Also: BioLogos Encounters Ark Encounter
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