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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:41 AM

Investors of the Lost Ark

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Did you know King Arthur's sword was made out of a meteorite called "sky iron" and Beowulf slew three dinosaurs? You'll be able to learn all this and more, as well as enjoy fine dining at the top of Noah's Ark, at Ark Encounter, the proposed Kentucky theme park devoted to promoting Biblical Creationism.


Patrick Marsh, Ark Encounter’s director of design, previews each of the proposed exhibits for the first phase of the project, which would mostly be inside the three floors of the 500-foot landlocked boat.

Throughout the boat — featuring a restaurant on top, as well as bathrooms and elevators — visitors will see Noah’s family feeding and caring for the animals. Graphics in an accompanying packet show a dinosaur in one of the cages, despite the fact that when Ark Encounter officials were applying for state tax incentives, they hinted that they might leave dinosaurs off the ark.

The final room for visitors inside the boat is the “Christ the Door” Theater, where a film compares the safety inside the Ark to the eternal safety of accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. Marsh makes it clear that they expect “non-believers” to do just that before leaving the boat.

Outside the ark, Marsh details the proposed “parade of animals,” in which Noah leads dancers and musicians dressed as animals “in a spectacular choreographed hybrid of ‘world dance’ and music to create the unique flavor and experience of a pre-Flood culture,” all while being heckled by actors playing Pagans who doubt Noah.

Full article: http://leoweekly.com/news/investors-lost-ark

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Response to salvorhardin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:02 PM

1. "20.6 percent financial return for investors" for promoting bible fan-fiction?

Would you want to have dinner while watching an animatronic Noah feeding animatronic animals?

And for the dragons: That's bible fan-fiction. They won't sell any of this merchandising stuff.


What I really would have liked to know is not in that article:
What's the minimum-number of daily visitors needed to keep that theme-park afloat?
100?
500?
1000?

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:16 PM

2. Would I ever!

In a perverse way, I hope this theme park does get built because I really want to see it. I just don't like the idea of public dollars supporting it.

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Response to salvorhardin (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:39 PM

3. The article talks about tax breaks, which I assume would be available to anyone

doing a theme park, but I see nothing about public dollars being used to build it.

Did I miss that?

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Response to salvorhardin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:12 PM

4. It'll get built alright.

The donors are lining up. You ought to see the crowds at the Creation Museum. Money will not be a problem.

Yes, I've been there. I can't even begin to describe how insane and legalistic the whole thing is to me. You really need to see it to believe it all. They insist on engaging in what I call "stuffing God into a box".

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Response to jeepnstein (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:16 PM

5. On a recent road trip, I considered stopping at one of those creationist museums,

but didn't make it. We love to stop at quirky places and find lots of them using the website roadsideamerica.com.

Next road trip, I think we will visit one.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:14 PM

6. The one in Kentucky is serious business.

Not a bit of kitsch or humor involved. It is a place for serious believers in literal six-day-creationism to get their facts straight.

A member of the museum staff approached me and asked me what I thought about the place. I politely declined to tell him my reaction at the time. It is based solely on one mans' "theory" and is not really what I'd call a museum as much as it is a defense of his teachings.

You can love it or you can hate it but you have to admit the scientific method works. No way could what they were teaching there stand up to the scientific method. Yet they are trying to pass it off as science. I personally have a problem with that.

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Response to jeepnstein (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:17 PM

7. This is one of the reasons I chose to skip it.

While I could probably keep a straight face and my mouth shut, my husband might not do so. I had read some reviewers who had been thrown out, which was likely to happen to us.

I'm not sure where this one was, but it might have been in Kentucky.

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Response to salvorhardin (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:09 PM

8. They could save on construction costs by having the hauling done by Babe the Blue Ox. n/t

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