Monday, August 3, 2009

A few thoughts on the Ark

Noah's Ark, that is.

If you frequent Ray's channel, you'll know that I ask a lot of questions. I'm also asked a lot of questions, and I can't remember a time that I didn't try to provide an answer. I could be wrong, but I don't think I am.

Every now and then the b.s. gets so high that I have to speak up. Almost every question I ask of the fundies and non-fundies alike are met with resounding silence or seething anger. I understand that you have safe haven at Ray's blog, but here you have no such luxury. You do, however, have the ability to speak freely at my blog, something that is little more than a courtesy at Ray's blog. Here, the First Amendment reigns supreme.

Anyway, this is for those of you who continue to rail against those of us who do not subscribe to your point of view and inform us that we're all hellbound worthless pieces of trash. Are you listening, Terry?

So here are a few questions that I have for the young earthers, those of you who believe the universe is ~6,000 years old, at Ray's blog. The first question is in 2 parts:

1. If you are a young earth creationist, you no doubt believe that dinosaurs walked side-by-side with man. If you're an absolute lunatic, you believe that Satan buried dinosaur fossils to confuse mankind in an attempt to lead us from God. Either way, the Bible says clearly that God lead two of each kind of animal onto the Ark. The Bible also says that the Ark was about 45' tall, 75' wide, and 450' long. It had 3 decks, one door, and an 18" window for ventilation.

First, tell me how an 18" window is going to provide adequate ventilation from all the methane, ammonia, and carbon monoxide coming out of every orifice of every animal on the ark.

Secondly, tell me how you can fit an adult brachiosaur, diplodicus, or spinosaur through the door of the Ark, especially when the height between decks would have been no more than about 13 feet. Keep in mind, an adult brachiosaur stood well over 20' at the shoulder and about 45' tall.

2. In 1961 Henry Morris said that there were 37,000 animals on the Ark. But in 1987, he bumped that number up to 50,000 in a pathetic attempt to account for the vast diversity of species. Whatever the number he wants to use, let's just assume for the sake of the argument that there were a lot of animals on the Ark.

Genesis 6 says that God decided to kill all living things on earth. All living things means plant life, too. If that's true, when the Ark landed on Mount Ararat there would have been nothing for any herbivore to eat. The predators, however, had plenty of those yummy herbivores to munch on. Since Mount Ararat was essentially an island, the herbivores had nowhere to run and were easy pickings for the predators as they stepped off the Ark. The site would have been an absolute blood bath.

How did the herbivores escape certain death at the top of Mount Ararat?

3. Pandas. They're cute, cuddly, and very endangered. Bamboo makes up over 95% of their diet. Unfortunately, bamboo has very little nutritional value, so the panda has to eat huge amounts of it in order to survive, up to 84 lbs. per day. To make things harder for the panda, although bamboo grows in a variety of climates, it does not grow in deserts.

How did 2 pandas survive the trip from mainland China and into Mesopotamia with no bamboo to sustain them? Even if they got to the Ark, they had to have at least 30 pounds of bamboo a day for about 365 days. 30*365 = 10,950. Would you care to explain how these animals carted over 5 tons of bamboo through the Gobi desert and over the rugged, mountainous terrain of Central Asia?

4. Penguins. Polar bears. Walruses. Arctic foxes. Arctic seals. These are animals that are supremely adapted to survive in bitter cold environments. They're not found in deserts for a reason - they'd die there. Quickly.

Please tell me how these animals survived swims up to 6,000 miles, walked through a desert with no fish to eat, and boarded the Ark in one piece.

I can practically hear your keyboards melting as you furiously scramble to ICR for answers. While I accept your best answer, copying and pasting arguments from creationist wackos like Duane Gish and Kent Hovind will not be accepted.

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