Answers in Genesis
Answers in Genesis (AiG) is one of the premiere creationist ministries in the United States dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith. The ministry focuses mainly on providing answers on creation and specifically the book of Genesis, which it sees as the most attacked and criticized book in the Bible. AiG actively trains Christians to defend their faith against evolutionary ideas. AiG views facts as information that must be interpreted, not information that speaks for itself.
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AiG's US headquarters are in northern Kentucky, USA, at the site of its 60,000 square foot facility, which houses the Creation Museum and Family Discovery Center that officially opened Memorial Day 2007. The UK headquarters of AiG are located in Leicester, UK. AiG conducts activities in several other countries around the world.
On 1 December 2010, AiG announced that they would partner with a private for-profit company to build Ark Encounter, "a full-scale Noah's Ark tourist attraction" to open in 2014 and include several other animal- and ancient-history-themed elements. Among these elements will be an aviary, a walled city, a replica Tower of Babel, a theater, and live animal shows. After numerous delays for various permits, construction began in 2014, and official opening day of the attraction was 7 July 2016.
Name::Answers in Genesis USA
Answers in Genesis has its roots in Australia. In the late 1970s, Ken Ham (now president of AiG USA) and John Mackay started Creation Science Educational Media Services. In 1980 it joined up with Dr. Carl Wieland's Creation Science Association to become the Creation Science Foundation. CSF subsequently expanded to New Zealand, Britain, United States, Canada, and South Africa, each being a separate organization, but working together. In 1994, AiG was launched, then called "Creation Science Ministries". It was created with the intention of being "more layperson-oriented" than the Institute for Creation Research. That same year, the organization's name was changed to "Answers in Genesis", which is the current name of the ministry.
Answers in Genesis quickly became one of the most influential names in Creation Science, helping ordinary Christians defend their faith, and answering questions from people who were interested in both the Bible and Creation Science.
In early 2006, the U.S. and U.K. ministries "withdrew" from the other AiG ministries while retaining control of the AiG website. The Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa organizations changed their name to Creation Ministries International (CMI) and started their own website. Around the same time, AiG in the United States announced that it would be no longer be distributing Creation magazine and the technical publication Journal of Creation, replacing the former with the new Answers Magazine, and the latter with two online publications, the semi-technical Answers in Depth and the technical Answers Research Journal. CMI subsequently opened offices in the U.K. and U.S. as distribution points for CMI periodicals, though both are now also speaking ministries.
According to AiG, Ken Ham, AiG's president, had a vision for "a creation museum that teaches the truth" since 1979, when he began his ministry in Creation Science. During the mid-1990s, after AiG was founded, the ministry began searching for land in Northern Kentucky to build the museum. The Museum was opened on May 28, 2007 at the cost of $27 million. $21 million of the cost was raised through private donations.
The aesthetics of the museum have been praised even by critics of the museum.
Ken Ham-Bill Nye debate
On February 4, 2014, Ken Ham, the president of AiG, debated science "educator" and evolutionist Bill Nye at the Creation Museum. The debate was the dominant trending topic on Twitter and Facebook and it was estimated that over 3 million people watched the debate live. It was reported in the mainstream media that because of the debate, interest and support for the Ark Encounter, which had been struggling for funds, returned, and AiG was able to raise enough money so construction could begin in 2014, even though AiG has stated that this was not the case, as it was not reasonably possible to purchase a bond after the debate.
After the completion and success of the Creation Museum, Ham and AiG started focusing on building the Ark Encounter, a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark. The plans for constructing the Ark Encounter were announced by AiG, along with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on December 1, 2010.
During the construction of the Ark Encounter, AiG sued the state of Kentucky after officials blocked AiG from receiving a sales tax tourism incentive worth up to $18 million because AiG would use the Ark Encounter to share the gospel. On January 25, 2016, Federal Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled in AiG's favor, ruling that blocking the incentives from AiG was unconstitutional and violated their First Amendment protections.
On July 7, 2016, the Ark Encounter was opened to the public in Williamstown, Kentucky. The ark cost $100 million and is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, based on the dimensions given in the Bible. The opening date, 7/7, was intentionally chosen to coincide with Genesis 7:7. The next day, Bill Nye visited the Ark Encounter upon invitation from Ham. As they walked the Ark, they had an informal debate.
As a Christian organization, AiG believes that salvation is obtained through faith in Christ alone, regardless of whether one believes in Creation or Evolution. Despite this, AiG does believe that having a literal view of Genesis is important in understanding the Gospel and in having a high view of God and the Bible, among other reasons (i.e. an authority issue, rather than a salvation issue).
AiG does not support mandating the teaching of creationism in public schools because "it would likely be taught poorly (and possibly mockingly) by a teacher who does not understand what the Bible teaches and who believes in evolution." AiG does believe that both teachers and students "should have academic freedom to critically examine scientific facts and the worldviews by which they are interpreted."
AiG does not support the intelligent design movement because although it affirms a creator of the universe, it does not challenge the theory of evolution and long ages and, more importantly, it does not specify who exactly the creator was and separates general revelation and special revelation from each other.
Based on its belief in the Bible, citing verses such as Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, AiG believes homosexuality to be a sin. To celebrate the Christmas season in 2016, AiG decorated the Ark with rainbow lights in order to "take the rainbow back" from the homosexual agenda and show the true and undefiled meaning of the rainbow as recorded in Genesis 9:12-16. Like usual, the media and supporters of the homosexual agenda have circulated blatant misrepresentations and even lies concerning this action as well as the true meaning of the rainbow. Ken Ham announced in February 2017 that AiG would permanently light the Ark in rainbow colors.
Answers in Genesis publishes materials supporting young-earth creationism, and commissions individuals to speak in public and private venues (such as churches and schools) to teach and equip believers to support their faith in the Bible. Visit their website to learn about seminars and conferences scheduled to occur in your area, listen to radio broadcasts, watch online videos, and much more. National Religious Broadcasters awarded Answers in Genesis their Best Ministry Website award in 2006 and again in 2012.
Answers Magazine mainly deals with current events. Issues range from stem cell research to Planned Parenthood to evolution and interracial marriage. The magazine is full of easy-to-read articles and amazing pictures, as well as semi-technical articles, with professional illustrations. These include both creation and world view articles which leave it up to the reader to make a choice and decision about what to believe. The quarterly issues contain extras such as a tear-out magazine for kids, a pullout chart, a highlight covering animals, and more. Answers in Genesis claims that its main goal in this magazine is to equip the reader with sensible answers so that they can communicate the Gospel better and more clearly to those who support the idea of evolution.
Ken Ham is the primary teacher on the Answers Radio program, Answers... with Ken Ham. These programs are broadcast on many stations throughout the United States. Each radio segment runs about a minute and a half. Some titles include, "The culture war—and its surprising culprit," "Suffering and death—does God care?," and "Lessons on terrorism—in Genesis!" The subjects tend to relate to current events, problems that people face every day, evolution, and related issues. Answers Radio also produces mini-dramas on topics such as human cloning, abortion, adoption, and suicide.
The UK/Europe office also produces audio for online broadcast, released in two podcast series: Answers UK Radio and Answers UK Ministry.
AiG has created many cartoons that support creation. These cartoons can be used to give a simple explanation of creation to non-believers, help teachers with lessons, and at times poke fun at believers of evolution and remind them to check their work. The Answers in Genesis cartoon at the upper right is conveying the message that the battle over what happened isn't over different evidences, because everyone has the same evidence, or facts. It's just a matter of how one interprets those facts.
Books and CDs
AiG has an online store that sells creationist books and CDs.
The primary speakers on the Answers videos include Ken Ham, Dr. David Menton, Dr. Jason Lisle, and Dr. Terry Mortenson. Many of these videos are available "on demand", and many more are available in the online store. The videos cover different aspects of the creationist world view, including many that refute the theory of evolution (giving explanations on their conclusions), as well as examining dinosaurs, promoting evangelism, and showing respect for human life. There is a teaching series, creation for kids, and much more. For example, The Hearing Ear "takes you on a journey into the marvelous intricacies of the human ear, which has the clear stamp of the Creator and leaves skeptics speechless."
Answers in Genesis has an events calendar showing locations and dates of events across the United States. It hosts events overseas as well. Some of these include the NEA Convention Outreach. AiG forms a booth at the National Educators Association each year at its convention. There is also a College/youth Apologetics conference to help youth understand the world around them and equip them to stand up for what they know to be true, the Bible.
- Ken Ham (AiG USA)
Ken Ham is the president/CEO of Answers in Genesis USA and is a well-known speaker and author on the subject of Young-Earth Creationism. He has a bachelor's degree in Applied Science from the Queensland Institute of Technology. He also has a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland. He received two honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity from Temple Baptist College, and a Doctor of Literature from Baptist Liberty University. Ham was a director for Creation Science Foundation (CSF) in Australia, which he founded with John Mackay. In 1987 he moved to the United States, maintaining his links with CSF. From 1987 to 1993, he worked for the Institute for Creation Research, and in 1994 started Answers in Genesis. Ham has published several books, including children's books. He is featured daily on a radio program entitled Answers...with Ken Ham, and has released a number of videos on the subject of creation vs. evolution.
Following is a list of scientists and laymen who regularly speak at AiG conferences and other speaking events. All except three speakers listed in this table are employed full-time by AiG.
NB: List does not include Adjunct Speakers and UK Speakers.
AiG's U.S. headquarters are in northern Kentucky, USA, near Cincinnati, Ohio. Its 60,000 square foot facility also houses the Creation Museum and Family Discovery Center. You can take a virtual walk-through of the museum here, or take a tour here. AiG also provides a map and directions to the Creation Museum and AiG–USA headquarters. The museum complex houses the ministry offices, recording studio and resource distribution center. It has classrooms for use by school groups, pastors and others.
The UK headquarters are located in Leicester, UK.
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- News Release: Ark Encounter (12/1/2010), Answers in Genesis
- Ark Opening Date Announced to Public, 12 November 2015, Answers in Genesis press release
- History. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Rothstein, Edward (May 24, 2007). Adam and Eve in the Land of the Dinosaurs. The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
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- Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham. Answers in Genesis. February 4, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
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- Ham, Ken & Looy, Mark (August 22, 2016). Media Misinformation Continues with the Ark. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
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- Caproni, Erin (January 26, 2016). Judge rules on Ark Encounter incentives. Cincinnati Business Courier. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Victory for AiG/Ark Encounter in Federal Court. Answers in Genesis. January 25, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
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- Nye, Bill & Ham, Ken (13 March 2017). "Nye/Ham: The Second Debate Premiere (video - 117:04)". YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPLRhVdNp5M.
- Gish, Duane (Spetember 1, 1989). Is it Possible to be a Christian and an Evolutionist? Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Ham, Ken (January 1, 2010). Does the Gospel Depend on a Young Earth? Answers in Genesis. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
- Mortenson, Terry (February 29, 2008). Are We Wasting Our Time? Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Ham, Ken & Patterson, Roger (September 17, 2013). Chapter 3 - Should Christians Be Pushing to Have Creation Taught in Government Schools? Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Mitchell, Elizabeth (December 3, 2011). Reexamining Teaching Creationism in Schools. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Purdom, Georgia, Dr. (May 6, 2010). Chapter 13 - Is the Intelligent Design Movement Christian?. Answers in Genesis (from The New Answers Book 2). Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- Chaffey, Tim (January 14, 2011). God’s Not Clear on Homosexuality? Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Golden, Steve (January 29, 2013). Pro-Gay Theology: Does the Bible Approve of Homosexuality? Answers in Genesis. Retreived August 5, 2016.
- Ham, Ken (December 20, 2016). Rainbow Lights at the Ark. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- Wartman, Scott (December 23, 2016). Kentucky ark builder wants to take rainbow back. USA Today. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- Ham, Ken (January 16, 2017). Christians Who Accept Millions of Years Undermine God’s Word. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- Ham, Ken (February 3, 2017). We’re Keeping the Rainbow at the Ark Encounter. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
- Honored Again: AiG Website Wins Major Award, press release, Answers in Genesis, January 6, 2012
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- Nye, Bill & Ham, Ken (4 February 2014). "Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham (video - 165:32)". YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI.