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Friday, July 22, 2011
Learning how to think Biblically & Defend the Christian Faith - Ken Ham
About Ken Ham
Since moving to America in 1987, Australian Ken Ham—president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., the highly acclaimed Creation Museum (over one million visitors in less than three years), and visionary behind the construction of a full-size Noah’s Ark—has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests. (In one year alone he appeared on: Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends in the Morning; CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s
A biblical apologist, Ken gives numerous faith-building talks to tens of thousands of children and adults each year (he receives many hundreds of invitations to speak annually) on such topics as the reliability of the Bible, how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church (which is seeing a massive exodus of young people), witnessing more effectively, dinosaurs, “races,” etc. Ken co-founded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.
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Ken is the author of many books on Genesis, including the new eye-opening book , co-authored by renowned researcher Britt Beemer on why so many young people have left the church, the best-selling The Lie: Evolution, and a number of children’s books (Dinosaurs of Eden, D is for Dinosaur, A is for Adam, etc.). Other recent co-authored books include Darwin’s Plantation: Evolution’s Racist Roots and War of the Worldviews, plus How Could a Loving God …? In 2011, Ken co-authored the provocative book Already Compromised about Christian colleges and how they treat the authority of the Bible.
Ken is heard daily on the radio feature Answers … with Ken Ham (broadcast on more than 900 stations—and dozens more worldwide), and is a frequent guest on national TV talk-show programs. Since the Creation Museum opened, he has been interviewed on CBS News Sunday Morning, The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and The PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He also writes articles for AiG’s popular website www.AnswersInGenesis.org.
Ken’s emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis to the life of the average Christian, and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America’s most effective Christian communicators.
Ken is also able to reflect on some of the “hot button” topics of our day (e.g., the breakdown of the society and the family unit, “gay” marriage, school violence, creation/evolution in public schools, abortion, homosexual behavior, lawlessness, etc.) and relate them to the book of Genesis. In addition, he provides biblical and scientific answers to some of the most difficult questions people ask about the Christian faith, including:
How can we reclaim the culture for biblical truths?
Can we really trust the Bible from its very first verse?
How can we build a biblical worldview starting with Genesis?
How do we know there is a God?
Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?
How can we evangelize more effectively?
Who was Cain’s wife?
Why do we see death and suffering (tsunamis, terrorist attacks, etc.) in this world?
Ken’s bachelor’s degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).
In recognition of the contribution Ken has made to the church in the USA and internationally, Ken has been awarded three honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity (1997) from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Doctor of Literature (2004) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a Doctor of Letters (2010) from Tennessee Temple University.
Ken writes articles and helps edit AiG’s Answers magazine. He has produced a number of very popular video and audio series, including the new 12-part DVD series Foundations. Another video set is Answers Academy, a 13-week Sunday school curriculum written to help participants answer the questions our Western culture is asking about the authority and accuracy of the Bible and the relevance of Genesis. Another important series, Genesis of a Legacy, was produced in 2006. This 11-session series includes Ken and his brother, Steve, and it covers topics, questions, biblical insights, and practical parenting tips meant to encourage and equip parents to raise godly children in an ungodly world.
In May of 2007, Answers in Genesis finished its high-tech and acclaimed Creation Museum and education center in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area (on 50 scenic acres in Petersburg, Kentucky). The brainchild of Ken Ham, the state-of-the-art facility contains dozens of world-class exhibits—including impressive animatronic dinosaur models and planetarium—which are now on display inside the 70,000-sq-ft museum. In its first three years, the Creation Museum attracted the world's major media and over 1,000,000 guests. AiG will now be partnering to build the Ark Encounter, an attraction of nine themed areas with a full-scale Ark as its centerpiece, about 40 miles south of the museum.
Ken and his wife, Mally, reside in the Cincinnati area. They have six children and five grandchildren.