Ark park still short on funding and void of reality

Still begging for funds…

Noah’s Ark theme park wants to show the Flood was plausible | Reuters.

In an office park in Hebron, Kentucky, the designers of the proposed “Ark Encounter” theme park are trying to answer questions like these in order to build faith in the Bible’s literal accuracy. The project has run into delays because of lack of financing, which could cost it millions in potential tax breaks. Despite the uncertainty, a recent Reuters preview of the project showed that plans for the ark are continuing.

“We’re basically presenting what the Bible has to say and showing how plausible it was,” said Patrick Marsh, design director for the park, which will feature a 500-foot-long wooden ark and other Old Testament attractions, including a Tower of Babel and a “Ten Plagues” ride. “This was a real piece of history – not just a story, not just a legend.”

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. This a joke. It was NOT a piece of history, it’s fiction. It was NOT plausible, it was a story.

Trying to take advantage of Kentucky’s tax break (yes even for religious projects), there is $12.3 million raised, $12.7 million in committed donations and a shortage of $23 million in order for building to begin.

We wrote about this story last year. They’ve raised considerably more since then but unless some credulous Bible loving very wealthy donor wants to blow $20 million, they will come up considerably short.

The referenced piece also notes how attendance is down on the adjacent Creation Museum. So why this is a good investment, God only knows.

  10 comments for “Ark park still short on funding and void of reality

  1. Peebs
    June 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I posted this on Facebook a couple of days ago.
    The fact they put forward the hypothesis that only two wolves were required to spawn all the different breeds of dog would seem to be a tacit acceptance of evolution.

    Plus, wasn’t the ark described as being 500 cubits in length?

    That means the length of this ark is 200ft shorter than it should be. A cubit was about 18 inches.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    June 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    According to the Bible, the ark was built by Noah and his sons.

    I don’t recall any Biblical fund raisers or tax breaks.

  3. onlythebat
    June 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    If they do manage to get it built, I wanna see it float!!!!

  4. scott auden
    June 6, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    To even BEGIN to show plausability, shouldn’t they be felling the trees, sawing the planks, and building the ark with hand tools? And then loading up the bronx zoo (for a start) and sailing it across the Atlantic? How exactly does building a wooden model show anything? I don’t think anyone claims building a big wooden structure on dry land was the implausable part.

  5. June 6, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    “We’re basically presenting what the Bible has to say and showing how plausible it was,”

    Indeed they are, but not in the way that they hoped. If it costs the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars to build an ark, with all the benefits of modern power tools, how was Noah and his sons supposed to have built one with a pile of gopher wood and a cubit stick? And that’s before you start gathering all the animals of the globe, squeezing them into a little boat, persuading them not to eat each other for a month, and putting them all back where they came from once the water was magiced away.

    Anybody who follows this presentation with any attention is going to get a view of EXACTLY how plausible it was.

  6. Brian
    June 6, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Well… looks like this place is sunk. *rim shot*

    Why dont they go bug some rich tv preacher… they have millions lying around to advance gawd’s kingdom…

  7. Chris Howard
    June 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    What a houseboat that would make! I hope it’s seaworthy!

  8. lagaya
    June 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    That “10 plagues ride” sounds fun, though.

  9. EarlyOut
    June 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I’m always amused by the people who mount expeditions to Turkey to search for the remains of Noah’s Ark (some of them, people who really should know better). To me, that’s like heading for the North Pole to locate the traces of Santa’s Workshop.

  10. Richard
    June 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    @ Chris Hunt: it is a common misconception that the ark (literally box, not even described in Hebrew as a boat) was on the water for “40 days and 40 nights” — but a thorough reading of the text reveals that that was how long the “portals of heaven and springs of the earth” were open: it took nearly a year for the earth to dry up again and have vegetation (at the end of the story is a detail counting, it adds up to a total of 1 solar year). And when one takes into account the problems Carnaval is having lately, imagine the supply difficulties (and waste disposal problems!). No one who reads the story can believe it’s literally true (even Martin Luther doubted it!)

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