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JAN 2017

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.16 55 sons twisted a lever so that water gushed out of these vats and channeled into bamboo piping that dove down, fanning through the decks and linking to cisterns in cages that the animals drank out of. Meanwhile, another drainage network siphoned yellowish-green liquid away from the cages into the moon pool, which flushed into the ocean — flushing out, filling up, flushing out once again. I drifted up to the third deck and into an exhibit that showed what Noah's family's living quarters might have been like. A poster ("Meet Your Ancestors") divided Noah's tribe into couples: Noah and Emzara, Ham and Kezia, Shem and Ar'yel, Japheth and Rayneh. ese wom- en go unnamed in the Bible, as Marsh told me: "Noah's wife, Emzara, is a name often mentioned in extra-biblical writ- ings. Kezia, Rayneh, Ar'yel are made-up names by us. We gave the wives different racial characteristics that foreshadow the development of the different races we see today." Ar'yel seemed maybe Italian or Jewish, Kezia reminded me of a cinna- mon-skinned African-American woman, and Rayneh looked cherubically Aryan. After the Flood, the poster explained, Ham and Kezia's children populated "Af- rica and Asia," Shem and Ar'yel went to the Middle East and Japheth and Rayneh settled Europe. Chaises and chests of drawers adorned the living quarters. Papyrus scrolls crowded lattices. Strings of onions and peppers dangled from the ceiling. Towels draped along a rack, knives stuck into a block. What looked like an oaken shovel — a tool I imagined an ancient pizza maker might use to take dough out of the oven — was the centerpiece of one display. "eir kitchen is so hipster," a woman said. "It's straight out of IKEA." I crossed the deck into a warren of exhibits that challenged scientific para- digms. "A huge problem for naturalistic thinking is its foundation in materialism — the belief that only matter exists," the "Evolutionary Shortcomings" poster read. "However, morality, laws of logic and laws of nature are all non-physical. No one can swing by a grocery store and buy two ounces of logic, a bag of natural law, and a carton of morality. In a universe without laws of logic or laws of nature, how could anyone prove that naturalistic evolution has occurred?" A man with silver hair pointed to a display about gravity while talking to a boy who looked like he was 10 years old. "Gravity has never been proven, because gravity is a large object attracted to a smaller object, and it's never been seen. If gravity existed, a BB and a bowling ball should bump into each other. So you see how guys like Newton get caught in their own lies." rough the Ark drifted Amish or Mennonite families — men with ginger beards and flannel shirts, wom- en pushing strollers, children flitting about in their calico dresses. I talked to a woman and her 20-something daughter, who were independent, fundamentalist Baptists from the Grand Rapids area in Michigan. e woman was named Cyndie; the daughter was Stacey — one of Cyndie's 10 children. I asked if the Ark was important to them. What purpose did it serve? Her son Joseph said, "I think Ken Ham's purpose for building the Ark is partially for Christ and partially for the lost world, because what the Ark does..." "Sorry, what world was that?" I inter- rupted. "e lost world — the world of unbe- lievers," Joseph said. "Building this Ark shows the lost world that the Christian world is true and they need a redeemer. Just as this Ark saved the lives of Noah

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