Creationist Book Gets History So Wrong It's Painful—Prepare to Facepalm

Creationist Book Gets History So Wrong It’s Painful—Prepare to Facepalm

Creationist Ken Ham has received plenty of criticism and ridicule over the years because of his insistence that Noah brought dinosaurs onto his ark. And much to the delight of paleontologists everywhere (sarcasm alert), his website has published another book about it. The cover artwork shows the biblical boat-builder facing off against a Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs that ever existed. Tyrannosaurus Sue is the largest and most well-known of these imposing creatures. In life, she was 40 feet long and likely weighed nine tons, LiveScience reports. 

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But even though this fanciful scene is the cover art for Ham’s newly published book Noah: Man of Resolve, the book makes no mention of any battles between Noah and the aforementioned dinosaur, Hemant Mehta, writing for Patheos, notes.

“Remember in the Bible when Noah battled a dinosaur in an arena?” Mehta writes. “Answers in Genesis does. Or at least they have no problem promoting it in a book about how ‘God shapes [Noah] into the man who eventually saves humanity’s future.”

Mehta adds:

“I would tell you this is a work of fiction… but isn’t everything on their site?”

Here’s part of the book’s description, according to Joe. My. God:

“After years of serving God, Noah reaches crisis of faith (is that in the phone book somewhere?) due to his mounting frustrations with the proliferation of sin and the apparent silence from the Creator. Thrust into a series of perilous situations, Noah’s deepest convictions are challenged. His response will direct his course and change the world forever.”

Whatever. But one thing Noah has not changed is the fact that with the exception of birds, dinosaurs and humans have never lived together. It is absurd that people still believe this b.s. New Scientist puts this nonsense to rest quite well.

“Dinosaurs and people coexist only in books, movies and cartoons. The last dinosaurs — other than birds — died out dramatically about 65 million years ago, while the fossils of our earliest human ancestors are only about six million years old.”

Mammals were scampering around during the time of the dinosaurs, and managed to survive the asteroid that wiped out the mighty beasts. But while dinosaurs were alive, mammals stayed small — growing no larger than house cats. If the dinosaurs hadn’t perished, mammals would have stayed small, Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh told LiveScience. 

“Without mammals getting their chance, then there would have been no primates, and then no humans,” he said.

But scientific knowledge doesn’t faze Ham, who frequently posts nonsense like this on his Twitter feed:

This artwork is beautiful, but incorrect. It would be nice to see the artist’s talents put to better use. And as Raw Story notes, Ham frequently talks about the big beasts fighting in gladiator battles against Biblical giants and humans on his Answers in Genesis website. And it’s sad to see that the authors of this book, Tim Chaffey and K. Marie Adams are promoting this moronic madness, all for the price of $12.99.

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Yes, this is entertaining, but it’s ridiculous that people believe this, especially when paleontologists have spent painstaking hours showing that there is absolutely no credible evidence that humans and dinosaurs lived in the same time period.

This information, from the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), also effectively smacks down Ham’s ridiculous notions of a Noah vs dinosaur battle.

“There is no reputable evidence of human life at the time, or at any time until about 2.5 million years ago, the age of the oldest-known fossils in the genus homo.”

“There have been periodic claims of human footprints, teeth, etc. being found together with dinosaur tracks or other fossils. None of this fossil evidence is credible; all cases of ‘human remains’ from the time of the dinosaurs have been investigated and found to be either forgeries or misidentifications.”

For those who have further questions, the university offers this link. 

Ham has other problems as well. His Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, which opened just over a year ago, has been a financial wreck that’s sinking like the Titanic.

Maybe God is trying to tell him something.

Featured image from the book cover of Noah: Man of Resolve, by Tim Chaffey and K. Marie Adams, fair use

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