Ark Encounter sets July for opening date

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

They won't have to arrive two by two, but visitors can board a massive re-creation of Noah's Ark beginning July 7, 2016. And they'll have more than 40 days and 40 nights to experience it.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

Jeff's avatar

Maybe it was just the way the article was written, but what is the deal with these people who feel they have to "defend" their faith? By definition it's something that is wholly your own that can't be taken away from you. We don't prevent you from practicing your faith in this country. I don't understand how white, heterosexual, Christian victimhood has become a thing.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

slithernoggin's avatar

The culture is changing, and that can be scary. How fast did the US go from "someday, perhaps our gay children will be able to marry" to the Supremes making same sex marriage the law of the land? Far faster than I would have thought twenty years ago.

But I don't get the rush by white heterosexual Christians -- the "oppressed majority" -- to embrace victimhood.


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

Wonder if they will have a Starbucks.

slithernoggin's avatar

No, but you can get coffee in the Ark Gift Shop, presented by Hobby Lobby.


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

No doubt Hobby Lobby is on the right side in the War Against X-Mas.

ApolloAndy's avatar

I totally understand how white hetero Christian victimhood happened. It's because actual victims (minorities) are demanding equal rights and apparently for the privileged, going from the vast majority of the power to a large majority of the power is being oppressed.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

LostKause's avatar

You don't want to get me started on the subject. LOL

This is one theme park I don't care to visit.


slithernoggin's avatar

I'd like to meet the outside consultants who made the predictions about the number of visitors, economic impact and jobs that will be created -- if they're anything like the consultants that predict the number of visitors, economic impact and job creation expected to accompany new football stadiums, well....

(Assuming "outside consultants" does not mean Ken Ham asked a couple of interns to step outside of the office and make "predictions"....)


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

Studies about the economic benefits of any given project are typically paid for by people who are in favor of the project. If you are in the business of conducting such studies and you want to continue in that business, you need to give the people who hire you what they want. So its not really surprising that pretty much all of the studies paid for by those in favor of the projects show significant positive economic impacts.

But in reality, the benefits are typically overstated and the costs are typically understated. But ribbon cutting ceremonies are exciting. And by the times the actual benefits/costs are realized, folks have already moved on to something else.

slithernoggin's avatar

All very true.


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

Well, Jeff, I guess some faiths are wackier than others. Humans riding dinosaurs, the earth is 6,000 years old, and one man scooped up two of every spieces- science vs. faith is a tricky issue.

rollergator's avatar

If the April showers last for forty days, won't a July opening be a little too late...?

Jeff's avatar

Science only opposes faith when you turn off your brain. There is no "versus" unless you want it.

I bet Noah didn't have to build a concrete elevator shaft for ADA reasons.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

ApolloAndy's avatar

Also, strawman.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

My intention was not to start a theological debate, which is pointless, but to show how some of the more silly parts of religion, like a man riding a dinosaur, could be the subject of criticism. White, religious males are still in good shape, not to fear.

Rick_UK's avatar

It sounds more like a museum than a theme park?

Whatever. Rubbish.


Nothing to see here. Move along.

slithernoggin's avatar

I believe it's the first part of a larger project. I won't visit -- there's not a lot there to appeal to a flaming liberal gay atheist, even if it is the largest timber frame building that won't float in the world -- but if appeals to others, cool.


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

What will it cost to park at the Ark?

birdhombre's avatar

slithernoggin said:

there's not a lot there to appeal to a flaming liberal gay atheist

Surely they'll at least have a rainbow. ;)

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