There is no limit to how far creationists will go to “prove” the veracity of their favorite legends. We have a good example today from the website of the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Their latest post is Sea Serpent on Danish Ship Prow. It was written by Brian Thomas. He’s usually described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. Here are some excerpts from his creation science article, with bold font added by us:
On August 11, researchers from Södertörn University in Sweden raised an ancient 660-pound ship’s prow from the floor of the Baltic Sea. The 11-foot-long beam features an exquisite dragon carving. Discovery News wrote that Marcus Sandekjer, head of the nearby Blekinge Museum which aided the extraction “believes it looks like a monstrous dog.” It fits in well with other sea-serpent artwork in history.
Here’s a news story about it at the website of Södertörn University: A unique salvage operation in Ronneby – “The Monster” sees the light of day after 500 years under water. It says:
This figurehead was positioned at the fore of the ship, and was carved from the top of a 3.40 m-long beam. It has the appearance of the grimacing head of a dog or other monstrous animal, and may depict the very “Grip Dog” that the name of the ship (“Gribshunden”) reflects.
Interesting, but we don’t see anything there that would be of interest to a creationist. ICR, however, sees things that the rest of us don’t. They tell us:
Carvings and written descriptions of a dog-headed, long-necked sea serpent called “ketos” in Greek are found sprinkled across the ancient world. An online search for “ketos” reveals a consistent theme. Similar-looking features found on artwork from several countries span over a thousand years. One possible reason why all these different artists illustrated the same basic water creature — on figurines, paintings, tapestries, mosaics, and carvings — was that they had live animals to reference. But few researchers think this way.
Does ICR think ancient artwork showing centaurs, winged horses, mermaids, and other mythical creatures were also based on live animals? Let’s read on:
Professor of maritime archaeology at Södertörn University Johan Rönnby told the BBC, “I think it’s some kind of fantasy animal — a dragon with lion ears and crocodile-like mouth. There seems to be something in his mouth. There seems to be a person in its mouth and he’s eating somebody.”
A fantasy animal. That seems reasonable. But not to ICR. Their article continues:
Such a creature probably does not exist today, but why not long ago? From fossils, drawings, and written accounts, we know that dodo birds, wooly mammoths, and the Chinese river dolphin have all gone extinct since the Flood.
Hey, good point! After all, why didn’t such a creature live long ago? Here’s more:
Similar hound-like sea monsters likenesses from about 800 A.D. adorn many artifacts, including a large stone at the church in Fowlis Wester, Scotland, as pictured in the new booklet Dinosaurs and the Bible. The booklet also discusses the use of ketos in the Bible. Matthew quoted Jesus, who said, “For as Jonas [Jonah] was three days and three nights in the [ketos’] belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” If carvings like this Danish ship’s figurehead are a clue, then Jonah was not the only man gripped by a sea-hound’s toothy jaws.
[*Curmudgeon swoons*] Skipping some nonsense about Beowulf, we come to the end:
This 500-year-old prow’s carving confirms other dog-headed sea monster accounts that together build a picture of a Bible that referenced ancient animals correctly.
Yes — it proves what ICR has always been telling us. The bible is true in all respects. The logic is undeniable.
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