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.