You won’t have to take the Bible literally to be swept away by a full-size replica of Noah’s ark, says the creationist ministry intent on building one in Kentucky with state aid. Nor will you have to be a true believer to work at the 800-acre park near Williamstown, about 65 miles northeast of Louisville and roughly midway between Lexington, Ky. and Cincinnati, just off Interstate 75.
That’s why the same group that “brings the pages of the Bible to life” at the privately funded Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., believes its $172 million biblically correct Ark Encounter will be a non-religious tourist attraction eligible for $37 million in state tax incentives once it’s up and running.
Kentucky’s Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has endorsed the for-profit theme park — which will include a first-century Middle Eastern village, live animal shows, a children’s interactive play area, a 100-foot replica of the Tower of Babel, a 500-seat special effects theater and an aviary — because it will create an estimated 900 jobs.