Ken Ham

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Ken Ham
KenHam.JPG
Ken Ham, 2012
Born(1951-10-20) 20 October 1951 (age 62)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
ResidencePetersburg, Kentucky
OccupationYoung Earth creationist, Evangelist
OrganizationAnswers in Genesis
TitlePresident
ReligionBaptist
Spouse(s)Marylin "Mally" Ham
ChildrenNathan Ham
Renee (Ham) Hodge
Danielle Ham
Jeremy Ham
Kristel Ruth Ham
 
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Ken Ham
KenHam.JPG
Ken Ham, 2012
Born(1951-10-20) 20 October 1951 (age 62)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
ResidencePetersburg, Kentucky
OccupationYoung Earth creationist, Evangelist
OrganizationAnswers in Genesis
TitlePresident
ReligionBaptist
Spouse(s)Marylin "Mally" Ham
ChildrenNathan Ham
Renee (Ham) Hodge
Danielle Ham
Jeremy Ham
Kristel Ruth Ham

Kenneth Alfred Ham (born 20 October 1951) is an Australian young-Earth creationist[1][2] who advocates a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis.[3] He is the president of Answers in Genesis (AiG) and the Creation Museum.[4]

Personal life[edit]

On 30 December 1972, he married Marilyn ("Mally").[5] The Ham couple have five children and ten grandchildren.[6]

Ken Ham earned a bachelor's degree in Applied Science, with an emphasis in Environmental Biology, at Queensland Institute of Technology and a diploma in Education from the University of Queensland.[6][7][8]

He has been awarded two honorary degrees: In 1997 from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, Ohio and in 2004 from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.[6]

Biography[edit]

In 1979, Ham co-founded what was to be later known as the Creation Science Foundation (CSF) in Queensland, Australia with John Mackay.[9][10][11]

Ham worked for the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), a leading young-Earth organisation.[12] In 1994, with the assistance of what is now Creation Ministries International (Australia), Ham and colleagues Mark Looy and Mike Zovath set up Creation Science Ministries, later renamed Answers in Genesis.[13] The Christian ministry specialises in young Earth creationism and promotes the belief that the initial chapters in Genesis should be taken as literally true and historically accurate.[14] He then began raising funds to build the ministry.[15]

On 28 May 2007 the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum opened in Petersburg, Kentucky, a project which cost $27 million. The necessary funds were donated throughout the 1990s.[16] It is about 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2).[17]

In May 2007, Creation Ministries International (CMI) filed a lawsuit against Ham and AiG in the Supreme Court of Queensland seeking damages and accusing him of deceptive conduct in his dealings with the Australian organization. Members of the ministry were "concern[ed] over Mr Ham's domination of the ministries, the amount of money being spent on his fellow executives and a shift away from delivering the creationist message to raising donations."[11] According to the CMI website, this dispute was amicably settled in April 2009.[18] In 2008, Ham appeared in Bill Maher's comedy-documentary Religulous.[19] AiG criticized the movie for what it called Maher's "dishonesty last year in gaining access to the Creation Museum and AiG President Ken Ham."[20]

In March 2011, the Board of Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc. voted to "disinvite" Ham and AiG from "all future conventions," saying that Ham's words about other Christians were "unnecessary, ungodly, and mean-spirited statements that are divisive at best and defamatory at worst."[21][22][23] AiG responded: "It is sad that a speaker and ministry, which stand boldly and uncompromisingly on the authority of God’s Word, are eliminated from a homeschool convention."[22] Ham hosts Answers. . . with Ken Ham, a 60-second program broadcast daily on radio stations and the Internet[24] featuring Ham's commentary on issues.[25]

Beliefs[edit]

Ham believes that the Universe was created about 6,000 years ago, and that Noah's flood occurred about 4,500 years ago in the year 2348 BC.[26] He believes that the animals carried on Noah's ark produced the biological diversity observed on Earth. Ham also believes that dinosaurs co-existed with modern humans. He supports his view with biblical scripture.[27] Ham accepts that natural selection can give rise to a number of species from an original population.[28]

Ham questions the reliability of radiometric dating, a technique used to date objects such as moon rocks, fossils and human artifacts.[29] Since 1989, Ham has frequently made the comment, "Were you there?" regarding the origins of life and evolution,[30] implying that knowledge of unwitnessed events requires direct observation rather than inference. Talk.origins responded that the evidence for evolution "was there" and asserted the necessity to continue scientific inquiry, but it did not address Ham's emphasis on the necessity of observation.[31]

Ham believes that there is a difference between facts themselves and their interpretation. "Creationists and evolutionists, Christians and non-Christians, all have the same evidence—the same facts. Think about it: we all have the same earth, the same fossil layers, the same animals and plants, the same stars—the facts are all the same. The difference is in the way we all interpret the facts. And why do we interpret facts differently? Because we start with different presuppositions; these are things that are assumed to be true without being able to prove them. These then become the basis for other conclusions. All reasoning is based on presuppositions (also called axioms). This becomes especially relevant when dealing with past events."[32]

Ham's beliefs and tactics have been criticized by other Christians and old Earth creationists. Answers in Creation, an old Earth creationist website, has called Ham willfully ignorant of evidence for an old earth, and said that he "deliberately misleads" his audiences on matters of both science and theology.[33] Astronomer Hugh Ross, a progressive creationist, has debated Ham and other Answers In Genesis staff[34] regarding the compatibility of an old Earth with the Bible.[35] BioLogos has also responded to Ken Ham's criticisms of its viewpoint.[36]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Ham: Biblical Literalist". PBS. 2001. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.answersingenesis.org/Events/bio.aspx?Speaker_ID=2
  3. ^ "There’s an inconsistency here in taking Genesis literally to accept sin to explain moral evil, such as the shootings at Virginia Tech, but not taking Genesis literally in their acceptance of millions of years of “natural evil” before man (e.g., death, violence, catastrophe, and extinction of animals)." From Ken Ham, President, AiG-US 16 April 2007
  4. ^ http://www.answersingenesis.org/outreach/speakers/ken-ham/bio/
  5. ^ Ham, Ken; Ham, Steve; A. Hillard, Todd. Genesis of a Legacy: Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World. Master Books. p. 78. ISBN 0-89051-481-X. .
  6. ^ a b c Ken Ham | Answers Outreach, Answers in Genesis, retrieved 10-05-2012.
  7. ^ The New Answers Book : About the Authors, Answers in Genesis, retrieved 10-05-2012.
  8. ^ Stephens, Randall J.; Giberson, Karl (2011). The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age. Harvard University Press. p. 11. 
  9. ^ The History of AiG to the End of 2007, Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis
  10. ^ What we are, Creation Ministries International
  11. ^ a b McKenna, Michael (4 June 2007). "Biblical battle of creation groups". The Australian. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  12. ^ Creationist and Anti-Evolutionist Organizations, TalkOrigins Archive
  13. ^ The History of AiG through mid 2009
  14. ^ Ham, Ken. "Genesis: Key to Reaching Today's World". TV Broadcast. WVCY-TV. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Simkin, Mark (9 Nov 2005). "Lateline - 09/11/2005: The great debate". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  16. ^ Dylan Lovan, "A year later, Creation Museum claiming big crowds," Associated Press, 10 October 2008.
  17. ^ "About us - Creation Museum," Creation Museum, accessed 14 January 2009.
  18. ^ "Creation Ministries International," (accessed 6 April 2010).
  19. ^ "Maher takes on religion, but some interviewees cry foul". Charlotte Observer. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 31 September 2008. 
  20. ^ "A Religulous Movie: Opens on 500 Screens Friday—Creation Museum mocked". Answers in Genesis. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 31 September 2008. 
  21. ^ "Founder of Creation Museum banned from convention". Lexington Herald-Leader. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  22. ^ a b "Kicked Out of Two Homeschool Conferences". Answers in Genesis. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  23. ^ Riley, Jennifer (22 March 2011). "Ken Ham Disinvited from Homeschooling Events over 'Ungodly' Remarks". Christian Post. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  24. ^ http://nrb.org/news_room/press_center/answers-in-genesis-to-receive-nrb-best-use-of-short-form-video-a/ NRB website
  25. ^ Radio Station Information, Answers in Genesis, 2009
  26. ^ Wright, David. "Feedback: Timeline for the Flood". Answers in Genesis. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  27. ^ "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs" by Ken Ham url=http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/what-happened-to-the-dinosaurs
  28. ^ From the series "Answers with Ken Ham"- episode "Do the Animals "Evolve"?"
  29. ^ M. Riddle, Does radiometric dating prove the earth is old?, in K.A. Ham (Ed.), The New Answers Book, Master Books, Green Forest, Arkansas, pp. 113–124, 2006.
  30. ^ Were You There?, Kenneth Ham, Institute for Creation Research
  31. ^ "Claim CA221: Were you there?". talk.origins. May 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  32. ^ Ham, Ken. "What’s the best "proof" of creation?". Answers in Genesis. 
  33. ^ Greg Neyman. Ham Can't Tell the Simple Truth!. Answers in Creation. 12 Sept. 2005
  34. ^ Jason Lisle vs. Hugh Ross debate: annotated transcript, Jonathan Sarfati, Answers in Genesis Australia
  35. ^ Fair and balanced?, Steven McConaughy, Answers in Genesis
  36. ^ Falk, Darrel. "A Response to Mr. Ham’s Video: "The Anti-biblical Teachings of BioLogos"". BioLogos. 

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