Jurassic Ark

LEXINGTON, KY—For the last several years, creation science mogul Ken Ham has been building Ark Encounter, a theme park of biblical proportions. Now, Ark Encounter’s wildly-successful launch has deluged the Australian entrepreneur with capital to fund his biggest dream yet: a zoo modeled on the Garden of Eden.

Ham is assembling a “crack team” of genetic scientists, who will use research methods and data drawn directly from the scientific accounts found in the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis. “It makes total sense when you consider that the author of all Creation is also the author of Genesis one through eleven,” Ham explained. “We just need to crack the code.”

The goal of the project will be to reconstruct the DNA of animal species as they existed at the time of their creation, with the hope to “resurrect” many of these species using state-of-the-art cloning technology.

These biblical beasts are hoped to become the centerpiece of a new theme park, which Ham says will be called the Gen2 Zoo, from Genesis 2 in which Adam names all the animals. Given the unprecedented scope of the project, the park is not projected to open before 2030.

Ham emphasized that while he hopes to resurrect many extinct dinosaur species, he does not envision a “Hollywood disaster movie scenario, although that would be great for business.” Dinosaurs, he explained, “mostly ranged [in size] from chickens to sheep. And don’t forget that they were all vegetarians.”

But while man may soon once again walk with dinosaurs, don’t expect to see genetic clones of Adam and Eve in the Gen2 Zoo. Ham and his team strictly refuse, for reasons of principle, to build on the findings of the Human Genome Project. “The human genome today is exactly what it was at Creation,” Ham averred. “Scripture assures us of this. Not to mention, it’s wrong to play God with human life.”

Ham reportedly abandoned plans to widen the project’s scope to all of the original plant species of the world, after it was pointed out to him that while it might be possible to recreate the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Tree of Life is presently located in heaven according to Revelation 2:7, and everyone knows that it is impossible for something to be physically present in heaven and on earth at the same time.

In related news, science entertainers Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson have announced plans to partner with Donald Trump to build a huge tower reaching unto the heavens.

Featured image: “Tree of Life” by Flickr user gammaman

Francis Bacon’s Inside-Out Philosophy

Cover image of The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

The New Atlantis and The Great Instauration
by Francis Bacon, ed. Jerry Weinberger
Harlan Davidson, 1989
128 pages, paperback, $7.95

Francis Bacon (1561-1621) is the founding philosopher of modern science. The New Atlantis and The Great Instauration constitute two documents in Bacon’s project of placing science on a more experimental footing; of separating it from either natural or moral philosophy; of imagining it in the center of a new world; an until-then-unprecedented attempt to manipulate nature for the relief of man’s estate.

Although The New Atlantis has probably been more influential, The Great Instauration is a good place to start because it is a pretty straightforward polemic in favor of Bacon’s idea. In his Dedication to King James I of England, whom he served as Chancellor, Bacon hopes that James’s reign would become “famous to posterity” for its “regeneration and restoration of the sciences” under the patronage of the King. He hopes to “instaurate,” that is, to renew or renovate, science, the knowledge and understanding of things. Bacon’s goal is “the collecting and perfecting of a Natural and Experimental History, true and severe (unincumbered with literature and book-learning), such as philosophy may be built upon” so that “philosophy and the sciences may no longer float in air, but rest on the solid foundation of experience of every kind” (p. 6). Continue reading Francis Bacon’s Inside-Out Philosophy