Both books is entirely all made up. Within those books, moronic John Morris conjures up fantasies about Noah's ark to be a long rectangular box with a long row of windows on each side of the narrow deck at the very top center of the roof. This version of Noah's ark is entirely all made up by the likes of Morris to promote the fairy tale myth about man living with dinosaurs (a concept totally invented by Hollywood and science fiction writers) in a world that was created at the time of the Egyptian Predynastic Period along with other events that occurred in c4000-4500 BCE.
Henry Morris, as they say, was the father of the 1960s' "creation science" movement and was just as stupid as he was old. He was a disciple of George Macready Price, a follower of the Seventh Day Adventist cult, who took his mistress, Ellen G White, the founder of the religious cult, seriously when she claimed she allegedly saw a vision of the Creation of the Universe being made by God 6,000 years ago. Price wrote much of what she allegedly saw in his New Geology book which was published 1923.
If you really want to know who founded the young earth creation cult movement, don't bother looking to Henry Morris for the answer. Instead, look to Ellen G White and the Seventh Day Adventist cult and you'll find the ultimate answer is to who's really the true founders of the young earth creation cult.
Henry survives by his son name John who takes after his father's stupidity and published Noah's ark and the Lost World (NALW) in 1988, then rehashed it into Noah's Ark and the Ararat Adventure (NAAA) in 1994 just by putting in made up stories, hoaxes, and photographs deliberately taken out of context from places in Turkey that are nothing more than tourist attractions.
The front cover of NALW shows what appears to be ruins of the ark on the Fictional Mt. Ararat that's cracked open to reveal an imaginary scene containing a trumpeting mammoth, a giant ground sloth browsing, a smiling Brachiosaur, a running Ornithomimus, a lounging lion, and Noah standing on the right side of the image with a walking stick in hand looking at the view.
This review and rebuttal will only be focus on NAAA for it's exactly the same as NALW. The only difference between the 2 is the NAAA illustrations differs than what is seen in NALW and an extra chapter involving alleged archaeology is added to NAAA in an effort to update— no, rehash it into a latter book no different than the former.
The cover of NAAA shows some fictional discoverers observing Noah's "warehouse" while a ghostly vision of Noah, a dove, a tyrannosaur, a brachiosaur, and a mammoth appears on the front cover of the book. There is a summary shown on the back cover of NAAA that reads, with my responses included in bold parentheses,
“The Adventure isn't over yet (Actually it's a hoax.) The search for Noah's Ark (warehouse) is one of the greatest detective stories (hoaxes) of modern times. Noah's Ark and the Ararat Adventure takes you on a daring mountain climbs and into a world that has long since ceased to exist (that never did exist in the first place!) Is there reliable evidence that Noah's ark is still on Mt Ararat? (NO! The Mountain doesn't exist. The Bible only mentions that the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat. There was no single mountain named Ararat. Period ) If so why hasn't it been found? (because if it did exist, it simply rotted away!) Dr. (or is he?) John Morris looks at clues (he himself have faked.) that has been found and takes you with him up the mountain (that don't exist) as he and his friends (according to his made up story) explore the areas of reported sightings (known to be fictional and discredited.). Discover what the world was like before the Flood (that never existed). What was it like when men and dinosaurs lived side by side (never mind the total lack of evidence for such a scenario)? Just how did Noah get all of those animals into the ark (He couldn't with all of those 90 million plus animals living and extinct around him.)? These questions and many more are answered (dishonestly) in this fascinating (faulty to be exact.) book.”
The so-called adventure is actually an fictitious tale made up by creationists to convince the gullible that their own distorted biblical views of the past is true, while in reality it's not.
Page 1: Just a drawing of John, which really nothing more than a sketched version of an actual photograph of him shown in NALW, and a brief forward summary about the book and the made up claims invented by people who each faked their own version of expedition that claims the ark is discovered in various areas of the fictional mountain depending upon which version of the account.
Page 2: A forward is shown written by a former astronaut named Co. James "Jim" Erwin, infamous for his false claim about Archaeopterx being a hoax, who passed away in 1991. He claims to have found evidence of the alleged Flood occurring at the same time as the heyday of both the Sumerian nation and the Ancient Egyptian nation was occurring in 2370 BC— right at the same time Unas was reigning in Egypt, a country without any recollection of such an event! In reality, he only found no trace of evidence for the ark.
Page 3: A list of contents. No big deal. Morris, like all other YECs, made up a world where all life forms, past and present, live at the same time (in an overcrowded world) in a few thousand years past (at the very height of Egyptian civilization). In this fantasy time, in what creationists allegedly called the “Lost World,” on page 4 and 5, Morris encourages the reader to imagine what was like in the so-called pre-Flood era that never existed, where we see dinosaurs and modern animals as well as some descendants of Adam living side by side in a world that never was to begin with.
Pages 6 tries to answer the question, “How can we know what the world was like before the flood?” Answer: You can't! It never existed in the first place. Morris, however, believes such a world once existed because it allegedly says so in the Bible. He goes on, blathering his falsehood about the billions of dead things laid down by Noah's flood as told by the other arch idiot Ken Ham, while being ignorant of the fact that finding fossils are monstrously rare and none of them were laid down by water and buried in mud all over the earth. He asserts that if we don't believe the details he thinks God has provided in the Bible, then it would be much difficult for us to understand the past from the evidence we see around us. The reality is that the evidence for such a past is nowhere to be found! Therefore, using the Bible to understand the earth's past according to the creationists is entirely worthless.
Even the image at the bottom of page 6, depicting one person being “puzzled” about putting together a puzzle set without the Bible's empty help before achieving the idea of putting together the puzzle with the greatest of ease with the Bible's empty help, won't prove any point without the aid of physical evidence that's nowhere to be found.
Then Morris on page 7, gives out the fairy land story of the Garden of Eden and how the animals and people are sickly sweet, living at peace side by side and being vegetarians (actually killing the plants in the process despite efforts being made by the YECs to claim constantly that there was no death occurring before the Fall) and how there was no rain, but instead the garden was misty at night (never mind that mist is a form of rain that does very little to help sustain plant life) and how it is always sunshiny from dawn to dusk and how God told Adam and Eve they are not to eat the fruit from a certain tree, but eventually they did and got kicked out of the Garden for good.
Page 8 tells the reader that Adam and Eve disobey the Lord when Satan, in form of a snake, tempts them to eat the forbidden fruit and our alleged parents "sadly" gave in and lost their garden home. Morris asserts that because of what they have done, sin came to the world and have also brought death into the world as told in Romans 5:12. The direct result of cherry picking Bible verses and twisting them to fit creationist wacky perceptions, never mind that the Apostle Paul is actually talking about spiritual death and that it only applies to the human race, not animals and plants. These verses according to Paul clearly tells us that before Jesus Christ died for us, we were all dead spiritually. But after Christ died and rose from the dead, those who accept Him will become spiritually alive in Him. In Christ, people are resurrected spiritually. If Christ died to take away only physical death and physical death is still with us, then Christ will be a total failure. Many Fundamentalist Christians, including Morris believe that the Garden of Eden was destroyed in the Flood which to them explains why the Garden of Eden is nowhere to be found today. Otherwise the Garden of Eden is a place that never existed.
Morris then asserted that the whole earth was allegedly effected by the curse of sin which brought on hard work, people and animals dying, and meat eating animals making kills. This is hands down the direct result of cherry picking Bible verses again done out of ignorance of the Bible in many cases condoning predatory behavior. In response to this however, YECs stupidly asserts that this is a weak provision. Does this mean that God is weak too? Such insolence! According to the Bible, only the ground that Adam lived on is cursed, not the entire planet. This means the ground will reverted back to it's uncultivated state and Adam will have to worked his butt off to grow his own food. And finally, whether creationists like it or not, animals do not sin. They have no sense of knowing what's right or wrong and rely only on either instinct and what they were trained by man to do to survive. Every verse that deals with death refers to only humans. There's no indication that the verses creationists cherry picked from The Book Romans refers to other organisms like plants or animals as well as humans.
Page 10 only deals with the pre-Flood life spans of people as told in Genesis 5, which it is actually a mistranslation of that Bible chapter. See here on this site for details (note: click on How old was Noah to read the article.).
Page 11 deals with man's wickedness as told in Genesis 6:13. Morris, ignorant as usual, claims the animals were also wicked; not living the life God has intended for them to live. How, Morris? How are they wicked when no animal knows what it's like to be good and/or evil and have no abilities at all to think and reason like we do and that they act only on instinct? It's obvious you made such a concept up by reading religious books you normally shunned from viewing such as the Book of Jubilees and ignore the fact that animals are morally innocent, unable to reason, and don't need to have a savior to save them from Hell.
Noah, a righteous man have found grace in the eyes of the Lord. At God's command, Noah builds the ark to save the animals and people from the flood. While at it, Noah warned the people to repent and be saved. But sadly, his pleadings for repentance and salvation were mocked and scoffed at by the wicked around him. Morris contradicts himself when he says that there was no rain before the flood, yet the world was covered with mist that watered the lush forests carpeting much of the world as claimed by Morris. If there was no rain before the Flood, what does he and other YECs call mist as? Smoke? Mist is a form of rain and all that mist is not going to water all those lush plants that supposedly grow in the fictional pre-Flood world. Ordinary rain will. But it all depends on the kinds of plants that's out there that will take in some, little, or much water without a problem. Some plants needed more water than others. Some just need only a little to survive. If there ever was a worldwide Flood, NONE of the plants, no matter if they need little or a lot of water, fresh or salt water, will ever survive.
Now we get to pages 12 - 17 that talks about the ark and its contents. YECs insists this is the actual ark that Noah sailed on. In reality, it is entirely made up by the lies of Morris when they looked at a certain elongated barns made to store up animals like cows and chickens inside. Morris' view of the ark is all imagined up based on an old Hebrew word for 'ark' which is 'aron' meaning 'a chest' or 'a box'. Even 'a coffin!' They think the traditional ark, the boat with the house on top is not right. How do they know? Did they ever did any research on it to know what they are saying is right or did they made it up out of the blue based on the Hebrew word? What makes them think it's all true, while in fact they have it all made up from their heads in an attempt to fix the problems that are associated with the ark? The answer is: They don't. They made it all up on their own, distorting Genesis 1-11, throwing out parts of it they don't like, and promote this highly flawed and questionable story of Noah's ark that's far more comical than the musical play Two by Two.
Page 13 asserts that Noah and his family builds the ark for 120 years. This concept is taken from Genesis 6:3, which says God shorten the lives of the people to where they can live for only 120 years. Actually according to Hebrew tradition, the reason it took so long is that Noah planted a large grove of cedar trees, fell them, and used the trees he chopped down to build the ark which took 52 years to build. The reason is that he worked real slowly at it in hopes of giving the people plenty of time to change their ways and come join him on the ark, but sadly, the people didn't bother.
Although it's no big deal concerning of the ark's construction the pitch, the wood (traditionally gopher wood refers to cypress wood. Otherwise according to Hebrew tradition, Noah used a large grove of cedar trees he planted to build the ark.) the 3 decks and a huge door and window (Not many windows mind you.), the big question is, where did Morris and others get the idea of Noah's rectangular ark to have a bunch of windows at the top center on the roof? If that's really for ventilation purposes, then the whole ark will be totally soaked when the flood rains came seeping in the window and door openings. Even when there is tar or pitch covering the ark inside and out. Plus, this fails to explain how can ventilation get to the lower decks of the ark if all of the openings are at the very top. Even with a wooden boat, the ark still need to have very strong metal supports in them to keep the ark from splitting apart and a special pump to pump out the water back outside. Over the years, wooden boats were torn apart and destroyed during fierce storms. YECs like Morris will have to come up with a better explanation for how did the ark went through the Flood in one piece without evoking the angels-protected-them and other miraculous explanations.
Morris then tried to answer the question about how did Noah get all of the animals in the ark. To which he claims all animals must have lived much closer together, and God brought them into the ark with ease. This, however, failed to explain how come we find NO fossils of kangaroos, koalas, and wombats outside of Australia. The Middle East would be a horribly overcrowded place with all those 90 million animals plus millions of people living together all in that one section of the world come to think of it. Morris claims there were no mountains back then before the flood. If it is so, then how come there is a mountain shown on pages 9, 15, 16, and 17 in the book and how come we are finding evidence of mountains forming gradually over millions of years and none for them forming within a full one-year span?
On Page 14, Morris tries to answer the question, “How could all the animals fit inside the ark?” Answer: They can't! There is no way can 90 million + animals fit inside that 450x75x45 ark. Even if there is younger animals taken of board, there's no way can the animals fit into the ark. Morris, just like all creationists, invoked the hibernation and the vegetarian myths to help explain how can animals survive in the ark, claiming that Noah and his family did not have to feed them very much because all of the animals will be sleeping during the voyage. Yet, this fictitious scenario fails miserably to explain how can the animals survive the flood without depositing feces on the ground floor and spread sickness and diseases all over the ark with all sorts of bugs, parasites, germs, and viruses that Noah apparently took up into the ark, too. Only a few animals hibernate and most of them that do is small. Hibernation is highly hazardous. Some animals don't survive hibernation because their body temperature would be so low that they won't wake up even when the weather gets warm in the spring time. Not to mention the unsafe areas with people roam about, natural predators, and the failure to get enough food to build up fat in their bodies to last them the whole season is also the reasons why some animals don't survive hibernation.
How can large animals hibernate when their need for food, water, stimulation, exercise, and lots of space is so enormous and great? More than 8 people is needed to take care of all of those 50,000 animals such as feeding them, cleaning them, giving them exercise, play, and stimulation. Even with sheep size animals overcrowding the ark, there has got to be more than just 8 people to care and meet the needs of all of them, especially meeting the needs of animals that have a special diet on hand like meat only for the carnivores, eucalyptus leaves only for the koalas, and bamboo only for the panda or else none of them will ever survive the voyage of the ark, even on a diet of corn and hay.
Now we get to page 15, where we find a whole fantasy of dinosaurs living with man (Despite absent of dinosaurs and humans remains found mixed together in the fossil record.), being all vegetarians (With all of what it takes to be a meat-eater gets wasted away to the point, one must wonder why gave them these things if they were meant to eat plants?), perishing in the Flood in most cases while the rest is killed off in post-Flood extremes (If God wants them saved and yet they die off afterwords, then what's the point of being salvaged anyway?), being dragons (While they are not due to not having snake like bodies, fiery breath, bat-wings, a strong lust for gold , etc.), and living in modern times in remote places in Africa (despite lack of physical evidence). Continuing from 15 and onto pages 16 and 17, there is the old Behemoth and Leviathan being dinosaurs myth (debunked here and here) and the concept of Noah taking young dinosaurs on board which is impossible knowing how most dinosaurs can grow up very fast within a year or less and never surviving even after the flood without their parents teaching them the know hows of doing it.
Besides, Noah has to take into the ark animals that are full grown and sexually mature to reproduce after the flood, not those inexperienced babies, juveniles, and “teenagers.” What do they think God meant to Noah when He told them to take with him two of every kind of animal, “a male and his mate” on board anyway?
Pages 18 and 19 comes the Fairy Tale Flood which also includes meteors, volcanoes and earthquakes, which the Bible verse in Genesis 7:11 speaks ZERO of. Only torrential rains and tsunamis (Like the after-Christmas Tsunami of 2004 in Southern Asia.), but not volcanoes, meteors, or earthquakes. The creationists, obviously knowing of how meteorites collisions, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, and other natural disasters can be very destructive to earth, animals, and people alongside the Flood, took all those natural disasters that in reality occurred in separate events each over a period of time and lumped them all into a one-year scenario in order to fit them all into their dogma in hopes of explaining the findings of meteorite craters and evidence of earthquakes and volcanic eruption occurrences in the fossil record.
Believe it or not, even the Bible itself refutes the YECs' version of Noah's Global Flood.
Pages 20 and 21 tells of the falsehood about the high mountains and the rock layers all being formed from mud during the Flood and the Grand Canyon being formed by the receding Flood waters of the Great Flood while ignoring the lack of evidence for it. Then, Morris claims God have caused deep oceans to form alongside the continents, which is false. This claim is made up out of ignorance of the existence of plate tectonics which causes the continents to form gradually within an inch per year.
Pages 22 and 23 addresses the post-Flood fallacy where there were coal forming from forests buried in the flood waters (Which never was the case), insect eggs hatching and plants sprouting from floating logs (while they would've all died if the Global Flood happened) as well as plants and trees reappearing from soil (That was supposed to be entirely destroyed in the Flood.) and some other groundless post Flood myths. Then, Morris invokes the story of the Tower of Babel that was actually based on Babylonian folklore to explain how did civilization began unaware of the fact that many powerful civilized nations have already started. China with its history of Chinese civilization began around 10,000 BC. Egyptian history dates back between 5,000 to 6,000 years ago (at the supposed time of Creation and the pre-Flood era!). Even Sumeria have a history dated back around 5000 BC as well.
Next, a few flood myths were addressed, claiming that people at first told the story of Noah's ark, but then have distorted it over the years. In reality, these stories featured in the book are actually based on local flooding events which has nothing to do with Noah's Flood and the spreading of the famous Biblical story by Missionaries traveling in foreign countries.
Now, I'm going to make this brief. These few chapters of pages 25 - 49 is all about alleged claims of Noah's ark sightings made up by many individuals, including Morris' whose own claim about his own journey up Mt. Ararat and his so called expedition to find the ark features a part where at one time, during the trip, he was struck by lightening, yet he survived so he is able to continue with his journey up the mountain. He says, however, that he never have found the ark and has had much difficulty trying to get permission from the government to go even up on an airplane and fly over the mountain to see it. The story along with all others are to be highly discredited and not to be believed.
Much of the drawings in the book are all made up. The photos are fuzzy and distorted, the relics are nothing but phony objects that in some cases have been brought to a certain area of the mountain only to be “discovered” awhile later, and boat/warehouse-like shapes have all been made up through some sort of trick photography, misidentifications of natural formations, or made up on a PC image editing program on a computer. Some stories make claims of sightings tells of the ark being found in different locations. Some stories have people visiting the ark with ease while in other stories, the people had a very difficult time finding it, facing hardships along the way. Some have stories of those who had friends who lost their lives finding the ark. Others have stories of people getting captured by the Turkish government and later executed. And so much more. All these stories have been ruled as discredited and fictitious. Some people even admitted to make up their stories of Noah's warehouse ark sightings because they been paid to do it. On The Index Guide To Creationist's Claims as part of Talk Origins.org site, there is a list of claims of those who claimed to have found the ark, but all of those claims have all been discredited and ruled as fictitious.
Morris contributed to the young earth fairy tale by faking expedition stories of many people who allegedly found the ark. None of them has been proven in which among them includes the infamous Ark Jammal hoax. Made up by George Jammal, this story claims he allegedly discovered the ark and tried to prove it by showing a piece of the ark he claims to have found on the mountain where he and his friend, who didn't exist, went up there to look for the ark. The piece of wood from the ark is actually a piece of wood taken off an old worn railroad track and fixed to make it look as if it is a rotted wood from the ark Jammal never saw.
Now here is an "interesting" list of claims made up by Morris about some archaeological “discoveries” which are all nothing more than tourists attractions found on pages 50 – 55 in which one of them he claims allegedly dates back to the time of Noah's ark.
The first of them is an underground network of cave dwellings known as the Cavetowns and Gorges of Cappadocia, Turkey. Morris fringes not knowing how old the caves were. He's flat out lying to hide the fact that he knows that the caves were first built around 1200 BC. Morris claims the caves were carved by Christians to hide from their Turkish persecutors. Actually the caves were carved by many different types of people including the Hittites, who used them as temporary shelters as well as hiding places from their enemies. And yes, Christians did used the caves to not only hide from their Turkish enemies, but to fight back against them, the Roman persecutors, and the Arab army that invaded the area many years later.
Ishak Pasha (misspelled as Isak Pasha in the book) is the most beautiful palace in all of Turkey. But what does the owner have any to do with a Christian God? The official religion of the Ottoman Empire was Islam and there is no evidence that the builder got his hands chopped off by the emperor. The building of the palace began in 1685 by Colak Abdi Pasha, the governor of the Ottoman Empire and was completed his grandson Ishak Pasha in 1784. It took 99 years to build the palace and has 366 rooms inside including a harem and a mausoleum where the builders of the palace along with their families are laid to rest.
Nearby is a hand-carve cave that Morris thinks it's a ancient tomb. But he wasn't sure (He's really fringing uncertainty to lie about the tomb.) and wishes someone else would find out about it. Guess what, Morris? Someone already have! It's not dated back to the time of Noah. It's an ancient rock carved tomb of the Urartian King dated back to 9th century BC. He shows a sketched version of what he claims to be a relief of the Urartian King dating to that time. He claims he doesn't know what tomb and relief it is. Liar! This is the tomb of the Urartian King Argishti who ruled the kingdom of Urartu in 9th century BC.
Now we get to the Black castle where Morris thinks it is a altar Noah built to offer up sacrifice to the Lord. It is not. The so-called alter is actually a charred citadel tower which is part of the ruins of a fortified city dating way back to the time of the Crusades known as the city of Ani (The symbols Morris is pointing to in the photo are not 8 markings left behind by Noah and his family, but 8 royal symbols of France).
Known as the city of 1001 churches, this place once had a lot of churches in that area. It was ravaged many times by invading foreigners including Mongols and at one time was devastated by an earthquake. Today it is now a ghost town lying in ruins. Morris, on pages 53-55, is most likely exploring the ruins of a church located near what's left of the citadel wall. Not only is Morris fringing not knowing about this, he's also flat out lying when he claims that no one has ever studied the artifacts and the places in Turkey mentioned in the book, while hiding from the fact that people have already done it. Morris never tells the truth about the ruins of Ani or the tomb of an Urartian ruler. Thus, it is no wonder why creationism and all its advocates are not to be trusted and believed 100%.
Pages 56 - 57 tries to address the question, “What can we learn?” Simple, Nothing! Nothing worth learning from. Nothing is learned from Morris' lies and hoaxes he blurts out without shame just like what his old man have done before. Like father, like son.
Pages 58 – 61 shows Morris "preaching to the choir" before getting to the fictitious chronology of the great Flood of Noah as well as some dedications to the family and acknowledgments on who helped to make this book of fairy tales and the list of people who illustrated the book. All are found on pages 62 and 63.
And finally on page 64, Morris gives out some key locations of his alleged expedition on the Northern area of the mount and makes a claim about a Turkish friend who claims he saw an unusual barn shaped object in a photo down in the lower right hand corner of the page. Wanna bet that this object is nothing more than a rock formation? A direct example of the adventure —no, hoax continuation promoted by those who want so badly to make this Biblical mythology true despite complete lack of evidence for it!
Creationists, despite having been proven time and time again to be false, still insists their own story of Noah's ark to be true. If there is physical evidence found for all of this as told in the book, then we will acknowledge the story to be true, biblically accurate and authentic, but it is not. No evidence of a pre-Flood world, with all of its advanced cites (like Atlantis), cultures, peoples (who are nothing like the cavemen stereotypes shown in movies and comics), things that are actually of modern invention, prehistoric and modern animals existing all together at the same time and the same place being all buried in mud in many layers all over the earth, has ever been found, nor will it ever be found. This is not at all the so-called true story of Noah's ark, but pure 100% sci-fi fantasy based on the creationists' own distortion of Genesis 1-11 of the Bible and certain alleged artifacts long ruled to be frauds (i.e. Ica stones, alleged Egyptian airplanes, etc.); all combine together and made up entirely by the creationists themselves for profit, personal, and political gain.