|Cartoon Noah's Ark, modified, original image credit Pixabay / sferrario1968|
There are decent versions of the Ark that have been done in fine art form, but some are dreadful. I reckon that the artists didn't pay any mind to the text. Nowadays, there are full-size versions of the Ark. (The Ark Encounter is not the first, but it seems to have received the most publicity and hatred.) It's bad enough to misrepresent our opponents, but far worse to misrepresent ourselves to our children and to adults. Seriously, why should anyone with the brain God gave a gazelle take the Genesis Flood seriously after seeing such cartoon drawings? At least the secular 1771 Encyclopedia Britannica was reasonably accurate. Can we do no less?
A cartoon is a drawing in an unrealistic style, usually for satire, caricature or humour, and/or to appeal to children. ‘Cartoonification’ (aka ‘cartoonization’) is a recent colloquialism for the process of making something that’s real look ‘cartoonish’. I.e. drawing it in a (usually ridiculously) oversimplified, child-friendly or ‘delightful’ manner. Unfortunately, this has happened with Noah’s Ark, marker of one of the key events in biblical history. Most depictions of it have become thoroughly cartoonized!To read the rest, click on "The cartoonification of Noah’s Ark — How such ‘delightful depictions’ downplay the Deluge—and Christianity".
Today’s common version of the Ark portrays it as a ridiculously-shaped small houseboat. It is mostly only able to carry a handful of the more well-known animals, with giraffes’ heads poking out of windows, and elephants’ trunks hanging down the side. This rather pathetic-looking, definitely non-ocean-going boat is featured on children’s books, celebration cards, novelty ornaments, and more. It has been made into children’s toys and, most disappointingly, put onto Sunday school walls.