Friday, November 13, 2009

Replica of Noah's Ark

How Cool Is That?

Man builds working replica of Noah's Ark (exact scale given in Bible) in Schagen , Netherlands . Read on, but here is a news piece from 2008, about the opening of this exhibit.

The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was opened to the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder.

Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark , built by Dutch creationist, Johan Huibers, as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.

A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.

Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son, Roy. Construction began in May 2005. The exhibit opened in 2007.

On the uncovered top - deck not quite ready in time for the opening - will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs, chickens, goats and one camel.

Visitors on the first day were stunned. 'It's past comprehension,' said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.

'I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.' There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark.

Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church-going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.

Now that I am old and Gray...give me the time to tell this new generation (and their children too) About all your mighty miracles. Psalm 71:18


Joshua S. said...

One of the great benefits of a 1950s Catholic upbringing was this: I never had - at any point in my life - any difficulty reconciling the theory of evolution and my Christianity. So, while evolution may be a fact, it just makes God more phenomenally fabulous and fantastic, frankly. It stands to (my humble human) reason that God would have built into His Universe an internal self-generating system of cross dynamics. Think of it as the music that makes the little ballerina dance on the mirror when you open the jewelry box. But with as difference. When you open the box in this case, the music is nevr the same - and it never repeats itself. God's soundtrack is infinitre, too.

And we all know Michael's had his headphones on lately! ;-)

Does any of this make sense to anybody else? Or maybe I should have another coffee and say a couple of prayers. It's only 6:20 a.m. after all.

Michael Brandon said...

What's wrong with another cup of coffee and a couple of prayers whether it makes sense or not.

Frankly I never thought of God as building into our world an internal system of cross dynamics. But, I never wrote user manuals for fun and profit either.

The challenge that I have had with evolution is not that there is evidence that the cross dynamic thing works, but that many of evolution's proponents look upon it as an end in itself, alleging to prove that we emerged from the primordial soup with no help from a Creator. It just happened with a Big Bang.

Why wouldn't a loving creator build into his creation the ability to adapt to changing conditions? I mean Adam and Eve did not have laptop computers, and Blogspot, or Youtube either for that matter.