A city in Kentucky is working with Crosswater Canyon, an owned subsidiary of Answers in Genesis, Inc., to offer $62 million in securities for prospective investors to help aid the completion of a Creationist theme park and replica of Noah's Ark. While the city of Williamstown is issuing the bond, Crosswalk Canyon is solely responsible for the bonds, not the city.
Beginning next month, Williamstown may oversee the amount of taxable securities for investors to the project overseen by Answers in Genesis, reported Brian Chappatta and Priya Anand of Business Week.
"Proceeds will help build a 510-foot (155.4-meter) wooden ship, the centerpiece of a planned biblical theme park called 'Ark Encounter.' Bond documents project the venue will attract at least 1.2 million people in its first year," wrote Chappatta and Anand. more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is gearing up for the so-called "War on Christmas" this year by promoting products to help nonbelievers celebrate the winter solstice.
"Most people think December is strictly for Christians and view the solstice as an intrusion, when actually it's the other way around," Dan Barker, FFRF co-president, said in a statement. "People have been celebrating the winter solstice long before Christmas. We see Christianity as the intruder, trying to steal the natural holiday from all of us humans."
The Madison, Wis.-based organization said in a press release that winter solstice is "the real reason for the season." FFRF is selling, among other things, 14 varieties of winter solstice greeting cards that say things like "Reason's Greetings" and "Yes, Virginia . . . There Is No God" and more. more >>
A new viral YouTube parody of Ylvis' hit song "The Fox" showcases the hard work of a farmer while mocking pop culture. "What Does the Farmer Say," produced by farmer Derek Klingenberg, has garnered 1.6 million views as of Friday.
Opening with the same tune and words as "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)," the new video quickly digresses to cultural themes, economic troubles, and the government shutdown before building up to the chorus on farming. "Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, twitter goes tweet and my phone goes 'beep.' Miley twerks, Katy [Perry] Roars, and the [Kansas] Chiefs go 'touchdown.' Si [of Duck Dynasty] goes quack, the Dow goes crunch, and the government shuts down, but there's one sound that no one knows, what does the farmer say?"
Just as "The Fox" humorously suggests sounds for the fox to say, "What Does the Farmer Say?" presents some sounds that introduce a modern audience to the apparently by-gone world of farming. The first sound tells viewers of the hard work farmers do to put food on people's tables – "work, work, work, work, work, work, work." more >>
"Noah," starring actor Russell Crowe as the title character, will not be in theaters until March 28, 2014, but distributor Paramount Pictures has already offered audiences exclusive footage of the Biblical epic and an official movie poster for the film.
"Noah" has been rated PG-13 and is categorized as drama/fantasy/epic. Director Darren Aronofsky also serves as a producer, alongside Mary Parent and Scott Franklin. Screenwriter credit also includes Aronofsky and John Logan.
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"Thor: The Dark World" soared at the box office to become Disney's biggest November opening ever, topping 2004's "The Incredibles," and reaching number nine for all films to come out this month. Christian reviewers explained its success as a function of truly compelling characters, who are lifelike and reflect biblical themes.
"The fascinating thing is these characters have been around for nearly fifty years, but they resonate with a modern day audience – the box office numbers were huge," Thomas Parham, co-chair and professor of Theater, Film, and Television at Azusa Pacific University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. Parham said the film's story reflects the biblical tales of Jacob and Esau, Solomon, and creation. more >>
A U.K. man has recently completed his three-year mission of tweeting the entire bible, chapter by chapter. Since its beginning, the man has seen his small project blossom into an international viral phenomenon on social media.
Chris Juby, the 30-year-old worship director at Kings Church in Durham, U.K., decided in 2010 that he would summarize each chapter of the bible in a tweet. Since taking on this daunting task, Juby hasn't missed a single day of tweeting the 1,189 chapter summaries, and successfully completed his deadline of three and a half years with a final summary of Revelations 22 posted on Nov. 8: "Rev22: The river of life flows from the throne of God. 'Behold, I am coming soon. I am the beginning and the end.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"
Juby, who has reportedly read the bible three times in its entirety in his life, wrote on the website for his Twitter mission, Bible Summary, that he does not plan to tweet any more using the Bible Summary handle now that he has completed his task. Since he first started his Bible Summary project on Twitter three and a half years ago, the Twitter account has gained the attention of nearly 30,000 followers. more >>