Ark Encounter

The Making of a Creationist Theme Park

Author: James S. Bielo

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479842796

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Behind the scenes at a creationist theme park with a mission to convert visitors through entertainment Opened to the public in July 2016, Ark Encounter is a creationist theme park in Kentucky. The park features an all-timber re-creation of Noah's ark, built full scale to creationist specifications drawn from the text of Genesis, as well as exhibits that imagine the Bible’s account of life before the flood. More than merely religious spectacle, Ark Encounter offers important insights about the relationship between religion and entertainment, religious publicity and creativity, and fundamentalist Christian claims to the public sphere. James S. Bielo examines these themes, drawing on his unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the Ark Encounter creative team during the initial design of the park. This unique anthropological perspective shows creationists outside church contexts, and reveals their extraordinary effort to materialize a controversial worldview for the general public. Taking readers from inside the park’s planning rooms to other fundamentalist projects and diverse Christian tourist attractions, Bielo illuminates how creationist cultural producers seek to reach both their constituents and the larger culture. The “making of” this creationist theme park, Bielo argues, allows us to understand how fundamentalist culture is produced, and how entertainment and creative labor are used to legitimize creationism. Through intriguing and surprising observations, Ark Encounter challenges readers to engage with the power of entertainment and to seriously grapple with creationist ambitions for authority. For believers and non-believers alike, this book is an invaluable glimpse into the complicated web of religious entertainment and cultural production.
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Building of the Ark Encounter

By Faith the Ark was Built

Author: N.A

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 0890519315

Category: Travel

Page: 88

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See the vision of this full-sized, all-wood ark come together, dream by beam Located in Williamstown, Kentucky, the Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction. In an entertaining, educational, and immersive way, it presents a number of historical events centered on the Ark and the Flood as presented in the Book of Genesis. View the skills and techniques of the Amish craftsmen primarily responsible for the timber construction of this amazing structureDiscover the construction details of the largest timber-framed building in the world: 510 feet long; 85 feet wide; 51 feet high based on the Bible’s dimensions (300 cubits long; 50 cubits wide; 30 cubits high) and using the Hebrew long cubit of 20.4 inchesLearn fascinating facts that include how the 3.3 million board feet of wood used could be laid out from Kentucky to Philadelphia, over 600 miles! The project is an engineering masterpiece gathering some of the most skilled craftsman and contractors in the country. It presents the world with a reminder of the Bible’s account of the Ark. Here are the details of how it all came together!
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Journey Through the Ark Encounter

Author: Answers in Genesis

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 1683440129

Category: Travel

Page: 96

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Step back in time and explore one of the best-known biblical events at the Ark Encounter! Be transported back in time to meet Noah and his seven other family members, who lived aboard the Ark and cared for all the animals during the Flood. See what their living quarters may have looked like, what they could have brought on board, and even what kinds of clothing they wore. At 510 feet long, 51 feet high, and 85 feet wide, Noah’s Ark stretched an American football field and a half long. The Ark built in Kentucky is the largest timber frame structure in the world, built from standing dead timber, in part by skilled Amish craftsmen. It is an architectural and engineering wonder containing three decks of world class exhibits. Whether or not you have visited the Ark Encounter, this book will guide you step-by-step through this faith-affirming wonder. Many of the animals that lived during Noah’s lifetime didn’t look much like the animals we see today. Prepare to have your expectations challenged by a host of incredibly lifelike sculpted animals, along with exotic live animals from around the world in Ararat Ridge Zoo. Plus, you’ll learn how Noah could have cared for all the animals and how the Ark was big enough to fit them all on board. See what is being called the “eighth wonder of the world.” Over 300,000 visitors from around the world have visited the Ark since its opening in July of 2016Words used to describe the Ark Encounter: Huge! Impressive! Bigger than imagined! Breathtaking! Beautiful! Amazing!Have you ever seen a thylacosmilid, entelodont, or chalicothere? These are just a few of the unfamiliar animals you can see and learn about in the Ark!
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Inside Noah's Ark

Why It Worked

Author: Laura Welch

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 0890519323

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 64

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The new Ark Encounter represents more than just a giant wooden ship — it reveals important details on how the systems within the Ark could have worked! Refuting the most common arguments against the viability of the Ark, we learn how ancient knowledge of bamboo pipes, cisterns, gears, ropes and pulleys, animal-powered machines, and more show how the ship was not just seaworthy, but an actual working vessel. The book also explores how a crew of just eight people could have housed, fed, and watered all of the representatives of the animal kinds. In this book you will learn: How critical issues of fresh water and waste removal might have been solvedLabor-saving minimal designs to aid in the care of the animal kindsHistorical efforts to determine feasible details of the Ark and its journey. What details are actually revealed in the Bible concerning Noah’s Ark? What do we know of the pre-Flood world? Did the skills exist during Noah’s time for a boat like the Ark to be built? Discover the answers to these and many other questions about one of the most amazing accounts in history, and realize God’s Word regarding the history of God’s world is true!
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God and Government

Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom Of Conscience

Author: Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633880257

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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A central player in every major church-state-separation battle for decades, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn understands the complexities of this divisive issue like few others. As a long-time activist, a civil rights lawyer, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he offers a unique perspective and a wealth of experience on church-state controversies. In this lively book, he has compiled his writings from various sources to explore in depth the many ways religious extremists have attempted to erode individual liberties. The topics range from publicly-promoted prayer to efforts to undermine public education and replace it with taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for religious schools, interfering with end-of-life and reproductive rights, censorship, and belligerence directed against nonbelievers and minorities. Lynn concludes that the ultimate goal of these extremist forces—consisting mainly of the Protestant Religious Right and the Roman Catholic hierarchy—is the creation of a corporate theocracy, a decidedly undemocratic system of government in which nonconservative Christians, along with humanist, feminists, and the LGBTQ community, are relegated to second-class status in America.
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Nonbeliever Nation

The Rise of Secular Americans

Author: David Niose

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1137055286

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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A new group of Americans is challenging the reign of the Religious Right Today, nearly one in five Americans are nonbelievers - a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers - and they are flexing their muscles like never before. Yet we still see almost none of them openly serving in elected office, while Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many others continue to loudly proclaim the myth of America as a Christian nation. In Nonbeliever Nation, leading secular advocate David Niose explores what this new force in politics means for the unchallenged dominance of the Religious Right. Hitting on all the hot-button issues that divide the country – from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles – he shows how this movement is gaining traction, and fighting for its rights. Now, Secular Americans—a group comprised not just of atheists and agnostics, but lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and millions of others who have walked away from religion—are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. This is a timely and important look at how growing numbers of nonbelievers, disenchanted at how far America has wandered from its secular roots, are emerging to fight for equality and rational public policy.
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The Divine Default

Why Faith is Not the Answer

Author: J. J. Dyken

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 1628940085

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 212

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JJ Dyken takes commonly-asserted religious claims and applies each of them to modern-day examples to demonstrate the often fallacious nature of religious belief. He uses a mixture of common sense and scrupulous logic to mount an attack on not only religion itself but also upon the religious pseudoscientists who try to justify their assertions with faulty science.
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Inside Noah's Ark 4 Kids

Author: Becki Dudley

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 161458639X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 20

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Based on the exhibits at the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, this fascinating little book presents big answers for little kids about how the Ark was designed, what the animals may have looked like, and how they were cared for. Along with its fun and engaging rhyme, the colorful and detailed illustrations give a window into Noah’s amazing journey! Discover the unique “technology” on board the Ark Presents the “how and why” of this biblical account Unique illustrations specially created for this project
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Southeastern Geographer

Innovations in Southern Studies, Winter 2011

Author: Robert Brinkmann,Graham A. Tobin

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807882879

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

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Table of Contents for Volume 51, Number 4 (Winter 2011) Introduction: With Thanks Graham A. Tobin and Robert Brinkmann Innovations in Southern Studies within Geography Derek H. Alderman and William Graves The Bible Belt in a Changing South: Shrinking, Relocating, and Multiple Buckles Stanley D. Brunn, Gerald R. Webster, and J. Clark Archer Emerging Patterns of Growth and Change in the Southeast Benjamin J. Shultz Geographies of Race in the American South: The Continuing Legacies of Jim Crow Segregation Joshua F. J. Inwood Jim Crow, Civil Defense, and the Hydrogen Bomb: Race, Evacuation Planning, and the Geopolitics of Fear in 1950s Savannah, Georgia Jonathan Leib and Thomas Chapman Representing the Immigrant: Social Movements, Political Discourse, and Immigration in the U.S. South Jamie Winders Water, Water, Everywhere? Toward a Critical Water Geography of the South Christopher F. Meindl The Politics of Mobility in the South: A Commentary on Sprawl,Automobility, and the Gulf Oil Spill Jason Henderson Southeastern Geographer is published by UNC Press for the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (www.sedaag.org). The quarterly journal publishes the academic work of geographers and other social and physical scientists, and features peer-reviewed articles and essays that reflect sound scholarship and contain significant contributions to geographical understanding, with a special interest in work that focuses on the southeastern United States.
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