Answers in Genesis CEO and founder Ken Ham has announced plans for the organization’s Creation Museum to “confront racism” with a new Tower of Babel exhibit. Answers in Genesis, which is an apologetic organization defending young earth creationism, has not announced an expected date for the exhibit’s unveiling, saying that “it will take some time to design, raise funds, and then build this attraction.”
Tim Chaffey, who serves as content manager for the Ark Encounter, explained the reasoning behind the exhibit in a blog posted to the Answers in Genesis website.
“Since Babel is best known for its rebellion against our Creator, this structure might seem like an odd addition for a ministry devoted to upholding the authority of God’s Word and spreading the gospel through its many outreaches,” Chaffey admitted. But he then went on to explain that “our purpose in building a Babel attraction at the Ark Encounter is diametrically opposed to the reasons of the original builders over 4,000 years ago.”
“Our rebellious ancestors started building their city and tower in defiance of God’s command to fill the world and to glorify themselves (‘make a name for ourselves’),” Chaffey explained. “The structure we plan to build will be for the purpose of glorifying God by teaching the authority and authenticity of his Word and by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Chaffey then said that the exhibit will combat the theory of evolution, which Answers in Genesis sees as “inherently racist.”
“While most evolutionists are probably not racists, the philosophy they hold is inherently racist, implying that some people groups are more closely related to apes than others,” Chaffey said. “By eliminating our true history, evolutionists are left with a false view of humanity. Thus, they explain the so-called racial differences through the lens of a fundamentally racist philosophy.”
Chaffey went on to explain that the Babel exhibit will take aim at Critical Race Theory, saying, “Education systems and politicians throughout Western nations have incited and encouraged division by promoting racist concepts like critical race theory.”
“A large part of CRT is the ungodly idea that we must instruct people to see and judge people based on the melanin level in their skin, which is the opposite of what Scripture teaches,” Chaffey continued. “All people are descendants of Adam, and we are all made in God’s image. Our true problem is sin, which includes prejudice and racism, and the solution is the same for all of us—the gospel of Jesus Christ.”