Last week on our way home, we met our son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren in Williamstown, Kentucky for a visit to the Ark Encounter, and I have a few thoughts to share with you about our experience…
If you aren’t familiar with it, the Ark Encounter is a life-sized recreation of Noah’s ark that was put together several years ago by Ken Ham and his team to teach about Creation and the great flood found in Genesis and is in the same park as Mr. Ham’s Creation Museum.
Within the ark, along with background music and air conditioning, you will find a number of exhibits showing what life might have been like during the flood, along with exhibits showing how the animals might have been kept, cared for and fed throughout this period. There are also exhibits about the pre-flood world, how the ark might have been built and the post-flood world. Notice that I have said “might have been” a couple of times− obviously nobody really knows these things for certain, and that also applies to the exterior appearance of the ark itself. Since there is no way for anyone in the 2st century to know these things for sure, the developers had to make their best educated guesses for these things: That is reasonable and understood.
There are a few dinosaurs on the ark, along with other creatures that are more familiar, something that struck me as odd, and animal species are split into “kinds”. For example, there were a pair of the “deer kind” which after the flood developed into all of the species of deer that we know today through some sort of process that I’m not quite clear about.
OK, maybe I’m nit-picking.
I guess what I’m really getting to is that there is some interesting theology going on in the ark.
Were the people in Noah’s time really vastly advanced technologically and that technology was lost in the flood so that Mankind kind of had to start all over again? I must admit that is an intriguing theory, but I’m not sure we have any Scriptural guidance on it. Did the Roman gladiators fight dinosaurs in the arena? Hmmm…
There are a lot of little things like that which, frankly, left me a bit queasy after a while… but that’s just me being a victim of my training, I suppose.
For me, the best part was the movie explaining how they made the ark; that was quite a job, and the woodworking inside by Amish craftsmen is truly something to see.
Would I recommend a visit?
The people working there were amazing; polite, helpful and friendly; that’s big plus. If you want to try and visualize what the ark might have been like, and just the sheer scale of the thing: Yes. If you are looking for sound theology: Not so much.
The next day, all of us went to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in nearby Louisville− you know, where they make baseball bats. I give that one 5 stars… go, take the family to see that, the kids will love it- you can actually swing Babe Ruth’s bat, or Willie Mays’ bat…
Yep, that’s the place for you!