I understand they need to keep visitors coming, but this really doesn’t seem to take the Bible as literally as they demand all other Christians should.
Hmmmm. Job opportunities for people who speak several languages? After my Tower of Babel experience, will I be able to speak a different language? Will I lose my ability to speak English?
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“…to tackle the racism issue.” Yes, I’m sure this is exactly the solution we need to our country’s problems.
Took me a while to get what you meant but I suppose it’s the takeaway from the story that humans should not be building a Tower of Babel again?
Stop getting overexcited John.
No one seems to notice what I noticed - I think it very likely their displays with the “Tower of Babel” are going to incorporate migration info from Jeanson’s forthcoming book and any further research. It seems implied in the press release.
Now I’ve probably stirred a can of worms.
I hope the State of Kentucky isn’t giving AiG some sort of tax break to build this fantasy Tower of Babel park.
Yup. AiG statement:
Among other things, the huge Babel structure will help people understand how genetics research and the Bible confirm the origin of all people groups around the world (and all people belonging to one biological race) and will tackle the racism issue.
Valerie, any plans to take the kiddies for a visit sometime down the road? I’m afraid that my going to Ark Encounter would be something like matter meets antimatter.
Yes, and they’ll probably make the same wrong interpretation of the unrooted tree.
I watched his last presentation and he decided he had enough evidence to root it, so… that narrows down that discussion some. I’ve read more on the mtDNA recently, which seemed to be one of the major objections to what he said about that, so we’ll see how specificity hits the critics differently. It’s ironic actually more specificity makes me somewhat more skeptical, or just more concerned a major mistake will undermine any curiosity by scientists perhaps. I’m very interested to see where this goes, positive or negative for my own beliefs.
Maybe if it was within driving distance - whatever they’re planning for showing a replica of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus sounds interesting. But any flying trips for me lately are usually visiting family, and I’d like to do camping trips and maybe a visit to Hawaii or Disneyland with my kiddos when they’re older. So it’s not on any wishlist right now.
Sorry, but no. It only means he has no idea what his problem is. No matter where he roots it (and he doesn’t have that evidence, incidentally), his three clades (the descendants of the wives of Ham, Shem, and Japheth) don’t exist: at least one of the groups has to descend from one of the others no matter where the root lies, and the central “group” isn’t even a group and must be ancestral to at least one of the others no matter where the root lies. This has been explained right here several times.
Experience shows that nothing will be negative for your beliefs because you won’t let it.
To be clear, I wasn’t referring to that. I was referring to the y-chromosome tree. I have read the critiques of the mtDNA so I am familiar with what you wrote.
Yes and no.
I have no reason to believe that he understands the rooting of that tree any better than he understands the mtDNA tree.
Are they going to keep building it higher and higher until everyone at AiG starts speaking different languages?
How literal do AiG and the Ark Encounter read the scriptures describing the Tower of Babel. Here are the verses (NIV):
The first problem would be the height of the ToB. We have modern skyscrapers that are thousands of fee tall (e.g. Burj Khalifa building at ~2,700 feet) and it hasn’t reached the heavens. I don’t see how bronze age cultures could build anything taller than modern buildings using just brick.
The second problem is that you will not reach the heavens no matter how tall you make the building. So why would God need to confuse them in order to thwart their effort to reach the heavens? Did the builders of the Burj Khalifa start speaking in tongues when they put on the 30th floor?
It would seem to me that AiG would have to invent conspiracy theories that modern skyscrapers don’t exist, and that heaven is a place you can build a building high enough to reach using just bricks. Would sure like to hear them explain away this one.
No, they only need there to be enough gullible people who are willing to fork over some money.
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