Ken Ham

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Ken Ham

Kenneth Alfred (Ken) Ham (born 1951 in Australia ) is a self-described Biblical apologist emphasizing Young Earth Creationism and the reliability of Scripture in all matters of which it speaks, including science. He is founder and president of Answers in Genesis, an apologist organization founded in 1994 in the United States with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.[1] Ham also speaks on a daily radio feature, "Answers with Ken Ham," and is a prolific public speaker and author and the brains behind the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Cincinnati, OH. He also founded "Answers" magazine, which won the prestigious "Award of Excellence" for top Christian magazine in 2011 from the Evangelical Press Association.[2]

Early Life and Education

Ham began his career as a public school science teacher in Australia, but moved his family to America as creationist missionaries in 1987.

He has a Bachelor's degree in applied science from Queensland Institute of Technology and a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland. He has received four honorary degrees—DD in 1997 from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, OH, DLitt in 2004 from Liberty University, DLitt in 2010 from Tennessee Temple University, and DHL in 2012 from Mid-Continental University in KY.

In his last year of his university training to become a public school science teacher, Ham was strongly influenced by The Genesis Flood, a book co-authored by Dr. Henry Morris, a hydraulic engineer, and Dr. John Whitcomb, a theologian, showing how scientific evidence supported the Great Flood as described in the Bible.[3]

After moving to America in 1987, Ham worked for seven years under Dr. Henry Morris at the Institute for Creation Research. .[4] He began the Answers in Genesis ministry in late 1993 along with Mark Looy and Paul Palmon. The Creation Museum broke ground in 2000 and opened in 2007. The Ark Encounter, featuring a full-size Noah's Ark according to Biblical dimensions, is slated to open on July 7, 2016.[5]


Some of his many publications include How Could a Loving God? 2006; Already Gone, 2009; One Race One Blood, 2010; Already Compromised, 2011; The Foundations, 2011; The Lie/Millions of Years, 2012; Science Confirms the Bible, 2012; the Great Delusion, 2013; Rescuing our Kids from the Lie, 2013; and Inside the Nye-Ham Debate, 2014. He has also authored or co-authored many books for children, such as Did Adam Have a Belly Button? 2000; My Creation Bible, 2006; Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib? 2007; Dinosaurs for Kids, 2009; N is for Noah, 2013, and the Answers Book for Kids 2013, and books for teens, such as Answers for Teens (Vols 1&2), 2012.

Homeschool Conventions

Ham has been uncompromising in his defense for young-earth creationism and has criticized schools and individuals that have failed to uphold it. In March 2011, AiG and Ham had an invitation to the two Great Homeschool Conventions revoked by the events' organizers. The organizers cited Ham's criticism of the group as the reason for the revoked invitation.[6]

Personal and Family Life

Ham is married to Mally, who trained as a bank teller. The couple has five children—four born in Australia and one in the U.S.[7]

External links


  3. Appeal letter from Ham for Answers in Genesis, Nov. 20, 2015
  4. Appeal letter from Ham for Answers in Genesis, Nov. 20, 2015
  5. Appeal letter from Ham for Answers in Genesis, Nov. 20, 2015
  6. AiG announcement
  7. Answers in Genesis appeal letter from Ham, Nov. 20, 2015