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Ken Ham’s Tower of Babel: Brilliant or Misguided?

The man behind the world famous Noah’s Ark Replica, Ken Ham appears poised to outdo himself with an impending erection of the Tower of Babel. Ken Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis. He is a renown Creationism apologist instrumental in the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter which cost $27 million and $100 million respectively. Set to be the next perhaps nine figure project is the Tower of Babel.

The Ambition

According to Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham states:

Next year, we will start fundraising for a Tower of Babel attraction that we hope to open in three or four years, where among other things we will help people understand what genetics research and the Bible say about the origin of all the people groups around the world. I can assure you: it will be a fascinating, eye-opening attraction.

This has also come with a mission to educate the public on what the Bible says about race, that there is one race. The Tower of Babel in Genesis is the impetus for cultural diversity on earth and this project will be paired with genetic and linguistic research.

The Challenges

It’s an internet meme how the price of lumber is skyrocketing. So this project will be undoubtedly very expensive. But the fine details of the Tower of Babel are a subject of much debate. Coming up with a consensus on a realistic Tower of Babel is no easy task, as the Bible does not spell this one out like it does the Ark.

While Noah’s Ark is something that can be replicated with greater accuracy, the Tower of Babel is an educated guess at best with any approach they take.

Moreover, one cannot ignore how counterintuitive is seems to attempt to build that which God destroyed and separated mankind over.

Final Thoughts

There’s a fine line between ambition and hubris. While the Ken Ham’s goals for the Tower of Babel seem to recognize the challenges of the time, the difficulty of executing this with the most historical accuracy available is dubious. Time will surely answer this question.


4 Responses

  1. Very good points here. There’s a common error of thing whereby if “X” was good, more of “X” must be better. In church, if God moved in “this way” in the past, let’s do the same thing again.
    “There’s a fine line between ambition and hubris.” I think that nails it. Success and notoriety can blur your view of God’s direction and call.
    I hope he reconsiders. When flesh mixes in, anointing moves out.
    Good post brother.

  2. I have heard very positive things about the ark project. He hit a homerun so to speak. Keep in mind the Gospel is all in the story of the ark. So it’s a double homerun. I am not sure how the tower project will turn people to Christ? Plus we clearly know how to build idols to our own knowledge and abilities. Why do we need the tower project? Who askew for this?

  3. Seems pretty foolish to me. I wouldn’t try to build something God destroyed. Maybe he should built what it looked like AFTER it was destoyed.

  4. BRILLIANT! Can you imagine the discussions it will create? Kids don’t hear Bible stories anymore, but millions of grandparents did. Maybe families and neighbors will talk about it face to face.

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