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New $100 Million Noah's Ark Attraction in Kentucky Set to Open, Potentially Igniting Centuries Old Culture War Between Science and Religion

Jul 06, 2016 07:34 AM EDT
Creationist Builds Large Scale Noah's Ark In Northern Kentucky
The Ark Encounter is seen July 5, 2016 in Williamstown, Kentucky. The Ark Encounter is a theme park centered around a 510 foot long reproduction of Noah's Ark.
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Answers and Genesis ministry has opened their new $100 million Noah's Ark attraction in Kentucky that quickly gathered the attention of both religious and critics around the globe.

The 510-foot attraction was built based on a Biblical story of a man commanded by God to build an arc to save his family and all animals from an impending flood set to wash up the impurities of the world.

According to the report from NOLA, the ark was built based upon the dimensions of the story. It also comes with museum-like exhibits displaying Noah and his family. Life-sized replicas of animals were also displayed along the rows of cages inside the ark.

However, many science enthusiasts were surprised to see replicas of dinosaurs in the arc. Scientists believe that dinosaurs went full on extinction some 65 million years before the appearance of first man but members of the ministry believed otherwise. According to them, God created everything about 6,000 years ago, including man, dinosaurs and everything else in the planet. So, practically dinosaurs would still be present during the great flood.

"This isn't a tourist facility for family fun day. This is a church, and it's a dangerous church," said Jim Helton, head of the Tri-State Freethinkers, in a report from Courier Journal. "It tells children that you can't trust science. And it's the same people who deny climate change, who try to stop marriage equality.

With the main goal of making their visitors view the Bible story as a fact, Ken Ham, president of the Answers in Genesis, and his followers believe that the opening of the attraction is really necessary at the present time when "world that we see becoming very secularized before our eyes."

Ham is also urging non-Christians to visit their attraction to undo the "brainwashing" of the mainstream science.

"Freethinkers and other skeptics are very welcome to visit, and we are hopeful they will be open minded enough to want to learn more about an account in the Bible that is often censored in the public arena by anti-freethinking activists," Ham told The Denver Channel.

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