Ken Ham

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Our Board believes Ken's comments to be unnecessary, ungodly, and mean-spirited statements that are divisive at best and defamatory at worst."
—Brennan Dean, Great Homeschool Conventions[1]

Ken Ham is the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, a Christian apologetics ministry, and a Bible-ical literalist. Although he hails from Australia, where all the kangaroos floated during the Flood, he now lives permanently in Kentucky, in his office in the Creation Museum. He is a frequent speaker at homeschooling conferences and creationist events, where one of his favorite "arguments" is "Were you there?"[2]

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[edit] The Bible

Every year Ham expounds on such thrilling topics as: reliability of the Bible, how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church, witnessing more effectively, dinosaurs, and "races".[3] Ken Ham notes that poll statistics show steadily fewer Americans take the Bible literally and steadily more Americans see the Bible as what it is, a book of fables. This devastates Ken Ham. He is unnaturally obsessed with the Book of Genesis, from the Old Testament of the Bible, to such a degree that he has devoted his life to the mental contortions necessary when taking the book to be literal truth. He considers Genesis more than the rest of the Bible, "to be the most attacked, scoffed at, and ridiculed."[4] Whether he holds very strong personal beliefs about the Bible or simply realized how much money he could get by exploiting popular gullibility is unknown.

[edit] Australia

Ham was created and raised in Australia, where he received a degree in applied science from Queensland Institute of Technology, followed by a diploma of education from the University of Queensland. From there, he became a public school science teacher,[5] which makes one somewhat worried about a few years of public school-students from Australia. He was a member of the Creation Science Foundation starting in 1979. He moved to America in 1987 as a "loan" to the Institute for Creation Research.[6]

[edit] Answers in Genesis

In 1993, Ham left ICR to form, with the help of CSF, Creation Science Ministries,[7] which changed its name to Answers in Genesis in 1994.[7] In 2006, the US/UK branches of AiG decided to withdraw from the general collection of AiG international groups because of the other groups' frustration with Ham's personality, taking with them the rights to the name AiG and CSF. The Australian AiG (originally CSF, which helped start CSM), rebranded itself Creation Ministries International. In 2007, CMI sued Ham and AiG.

[edit] Creation Museum

Ken Ham is also the man behind the Creation Museum in Kentucky, built in 2007. In 2010, Ham announced the construction of the "Ark Encounter" theme park, which would include a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark.

[edit] Character description

According to esteemed biologist and blogger PZ Myers, writing "to" Ham:

Millions of people, including some of the most knowledgeable biologists in the world, think just about every day that you are an airhead, an ass, a birdbrain, a blockhead, a bonehead, a boob, a bozo, a charlatan, a cheat, a chowderhead, a chump, a clod, a con artist, a crackpot, a crank, a crazy, a cretin, a dimwit, a dingbat, a dingleberry, a dipstick, a ditz, a dolt, a doofus, a dork, a dum-dum, a dumb-ass, a dumbo, a dummy, a dunce, a dunderhead, a fake, a fathead, a fraud, a fruitcake, a gonif, a halfwit, an idiot, an ignoramus, an imbecile, a jackass, a jerk, a jughead, a knucklehead, a kook, a lamebrain, a loon, a loony, a lummox, a meatball, a meathead, a moron, a mountebank, a nincompoop, a ninny, a nitwit, a numbnuts, a numbskull, a nut, a nutcase, a peabrain, a pinhead, a racketeer, a sap, a scam artist, a screwball, a sham, a simpleton, a snake oil salesman, a thickhead, a turkey, a twerp, a twit, a wacko, a close-minded douche, a woodenhead, and much, much worse.[8]

He has been called "willfully ignorant" by Old Earth Creationist Greg Neyman.[9] Journalist Daniel Radosh is even more scathing in his description:

I realized with some surprise that Ken Ham scared me. I wasn't physically afraid. I didn't think he'd haul off and punch me if I told him that I was a humanist. But his grim affect and coldly irrational imitation of rationality struck me as borderline sociopathic… Later I read an essay Ham wrote for Creation magazine on the second anniversary of September 11: "After the 9/11 attack, I had someone say to me: 'I'm glad I wasn't in the World Trade Center — I would have died.' I replied, 'Well, don't worry, your turn is coming.'" Who thinks that way? Who thinks Jesus wants them to think that way?[10][11]

Even those who agree with him criticize him for ad hominem attacks which might be defamatory.[1]

[edit] Debate with Bill Nye

See the main article on this topic: Bill Nye debates Ken Ham

On February 4th, 2014, the Creation Museum hosted a debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye, on the question "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era?" Ham attempted throughout to distinguish "observational" science from "historical" science. As any observation of any event necessarily occurs after that event, this distinction is regrettably nonexistent. Further RationalWiki commentary on the event may be found here.

[edit] Aliens

Apparently, Ken Ham believes that aliens, if they exist, cannot have salvation (isn't God nice?) because they are not descendants of Adam, although he then uses this as a stepstone in his argument that there are no alien lifeforms.[12][13]

[edit] Publications

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