Christian Band Casting Crowns Visits Ark Encounter, Fuels Ignorance

Yesterday, the Christian Post reported that Casting Crowns, one of the most popular Christian rock bands, toured Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter in Kentucky. That in itself is not a big deal. What the band’s lead singer, Mark Hall, said about the visit was especially facepalm-inducing though, even for a heathen like me:

I compare this to getting to go to the Holy Land for the first time, and there were all these pictures in your mind of what it would be like when we read Scripture… And just walking up… and seeing this boat… it’s all these abstract images… of what could have been, and you’re standing in it, and it really is a bit of a foundation for your mind to work with. It reconciles things.

What… No.

Source: Facebook image capture
Source: Facebook image capture

First of all, the Holy Land is an actual geographic place. So reading about it as described in the Bible, and then seeing it in person is a relatable personal experience. For me, it would be like when I toured parts of Europe and visited the Colosseum or the Sagrada Familia, or even the Vatican.  These were all places I read about and saw pictures of, but when visiting them in person, you can be easily overcome by their magnitude, knowing you’re standing on the same soil where famous historical events occurred.

But getting that same feeling from touring a recreation (I use that term as loosely as possible) of an ark allegedly built thousands of years ago by a 600-year-old man, based on a 2500-word fable about a scientifically impossible global flood? Just, no.

If visiting the Ark Encounter “reconciles things,” then you possess the critical thinking skills of a 3-year-old.

The Ark Encounter is purported to be a replica of Noah’s Ark, except for the fact it was built with materials that were unavailable thousands of years ago (like steel), with tools that were also unavailable (like cranes), contains features not invented/discovered yet (like electricity and HVAC), will not float, and is far too small to house two of each animal (including dinosaurs for Christ’s sake!), much less hold enough food to survive over a year.  And we won’t even get into the logistical dilemma of removing animal waste.

So no, the Ark Encounter shouldn’t reconcile anything for you, unless you’re trying to illustrate the implausibility and unrealistic nature of this story. Yet sadly, Hall’s comments on the Ark Encounter will be touted by Ken Ham as an endorsement of his local economy-draining monstrosity and will reinforce the willful ignorance of other Young Earth Creationists who believe this crap.

If you’re into torturing yourself, check out shameless publicity whore Ken Ham’s Facebook Live recording of the visit with Mark Hall, where you’ll be treated to Ham’s unrivaled sense of humor and polished on-air presence.


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Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, co-founder of Young Skeptics, and author of Understanding an Atheist. He is known for local and national secular activism and has spoken at conferences and events such as Reason Rally 2016 and the Ark Encounter Protest and Rally.

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24 thoughts on “Christian Band Casting Crowns Visits Ark Encounter, Fuels Ignorance

  1. I would say that it does reconcile things. I reconciles his need to keep people believing in christianity with his need to get paid.

    1. Bingo! We have a winner! Christian bands need an audience. They are charlatans too…just a different kind than Ham. This is just the left hand helping out the right hand here. Part of me wonders if any of them actually believe it.

      1. I have noticed over the years that most (if not nearly all) of the so called “Christian” bands and solo artist are or had become failures at regular music first. Many a great Rock artist became “christian” singers once they were no longer popular and making money. The list is way to long to list them all but: Al Green, Wanda Jackson, Little Richard, Hammer, Josh Caterer, Donna Summers, etc etc.

  2. Casting Crowns? Is that like casting lots? And if it is, wasn’t that something that was frowned on in the bible? Just wonderin’

    1. Refers to a popular hymn that talks about earning rewards for God that are rewarded as “crowns” in heaven which you are inexplicably supposed to hand right back to him/Jesus…”casting your crowns” before the throne.

      1. I did have to cast a crown in dental school, but it’s all CAD-CAM these days. And given how much I hate modern Christian music, I’d probably rather listen to the monotonous drone of the milling maching than be subjected to this band.

          1. Like most tools, it’s as good as the person using it. I’ve had it, but currently practice without it. It can make some damn fine restorations if the operator knows what they’re doing.

          2. The idea appeals to me, esp. the notion that if I lose a ceramic cap they can 3D another one.

  3. If we are going to consult the rock band Oracle about wisdom, perhaps we should start with …. oh where to choose ? ” It’s a Rich Man’s World” Abba, “I Don’t Got no Education” Pink Floyd , “Take the Money and Run” Steve Miller, “The Road to Hell” Chris Rea, which leads us to Hotel California, the Eagles. “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave ! ” Classic description of heaven !

  4. Unfortunately, this band has been one of the top Christian bands for the last ten years, consistently. Every “hip” evangelical church in America plays their songs for worship every week . Ham will milk this for all its worth.

  5. I got into a discussion with a neighbor (I thought she had more sense than this, but whatever) about the Ark Park the other day … as far as I know she’s not a fundie, but she was talking about her visit and how impressed she was with the exhibit and how it was going to bring economic recovery to the county it’s in, etc. when I said I would bet her $50 it will be broke and closed in 5 years, she was rather taken aback. She had no idea the town was on the hook for millions in bonds, and thought it looked like a real money maker. People have NO idea …

  6. I think a better band name would be Jumping Jesus or Great God Almighty! Opening act by the renowned Female rock group The Mary Magdalenes.

  7. I read someone asked a guide at the Ark why there were not more animals (still life) and the guide responded…”We didn’t have room for more.” Think about adding dinos (Which Ham said existed during the time of Noah) Elephants, Rinos and 16′ crocs, just to name a few.

  8. Not all us Christians find Ham’s stupid re-creation of the ark a legitimate expression of faith. I am very angry that tax dollars were given Ham to build this ridiculous and unscientific display. Some Biblical scholars see the flood as a myth, not an actual event. At any rate, I stick with Jesus and love all people and make sure when I help others it is what they really need not something I, in my ignorance, think they need.

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