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.
|“||We all deal with the same evidence (we all live on the same earth, have the same fossils, observe the same animals, etc.). The difference lies in how we interpret what we study.||”|
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.
On 1 December 2010, AiG announced that they would be partnering 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 the official opening day of 7 July 2016 was announced in November 2015.
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. The CSF name was found to be unsuitable in the United States, so instead the name Answers in Genesis was adopted, and the other countries changed to this name also.
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.
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 others who speak at AiG seminars and other meetings. Most are not employed by AiG.
NB: This list and the bio links are out of date, as of 13-Aug-2014. Please remove this note when they're fixed.
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.
- News Release: Ark Encounter (12/1/2010), Answers in Genesis
- Ark Opening Date Announced to Public, 12 November 2015, Answers in Genesis press release
- Honored Again: AiG Website Wins Major Award, press release, Answers in Genesis, January 6, 2012
- Biography of Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis site
- Speakers | Answers Outreach, Answers in Genesis
- The History of Answers in Genesis, Answers in Genesis