Way Down Upon the Paluxy River

Many of you are familiar with the list of Arguments to Avoid, which is maintained by Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.

It’s a list of clunkers that are so easily and so often rebutted that their continued usage is embarrassing, even for creationists. It’s also a slippery way of trying to achieve credibility, or at least a measure of self-esteem, by tossing out the worst of their worthless inventory so they can then proudly boast that they’re not completely crazy. It doesn’t matter that they have such a list, because other creationist websites routinely do use those arguments, and they often show up in letters-to-the editor.

A few years ago we wrote AIG on the Paluxy River Footprints, in which we discussed a new addition to Hambo’s “Do Not Use” list — the old creationist canard that fossilized footprints of humans and dinosaurs show up together in the same rock stratum at the Paluxy River near in Glen Rose, Texas. That’s the home of Carl Baugh, a young earth creationist who founded the Creation Evidence Museum in 1964.

The presence of human footprints among those of the dinos is well debunked at the TalkOrigins site (see The Texas Dinosaur/”Man Track” Controversy). The fraud used to be mentioned in the Wikipedia article on the Paluxy River. It said: “The family of the original man, George Adams, who made the claims, later admitted it was a hoax.” But that same information is in Wikipedia’s article on Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Nevertheless, the Paluxy River junk is still being touted by creationists. We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Fossils debunk evolution theory, support belief that God created life on Earth, which appears at the website Christian Today, located in London, which describes itself as “an independent Christian media company”. The bold font was added by us for emphasis:

Advocates of the theory of evolution oftentimes use archaeological evidence such as fossils to prove that human beings came from apes. Little do they know that these same artefacts [sic] can be used to disprove their theory, and to all the more proclaim the Gospel Truth that God created life on Earth. The Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas showcases several fossils that will be impossible to explain using the evolutionary theory, and which can be counted as scientific support for Creationism.

It’s good to see that Christian Today is keeping up with the latest scientific literature. They tell us:

For instance, the Museum puts on display a handprint in limestone unearthed in the 1970s near Weatherford in Texas. The fossil is believed to be from the Cretaceous Era, some 110 million years ago. If the artefact is dated correctly, this would mean that human-like creatures already existed on Earth much earlier than scientists who believe in evolution predicted.

Gasp — our professors lied to us! Let’s read on:

Evolutionists could question the dating methods employed in estimating the age of the handprint, raising the possibility that it could be flawed. However, another possible explanation is that the Earth is much younger than most scientists will admit.

They go on to mention some other “evidence” of similar quality, which is also “a challenge to proponents of the Theory of Evolution.” If you care to read the entire article, click over there and do so.

Your Curmudgeon has seen enough that we now have serious doubts about evolution, and we’re grateful to Christian Today for their enlightening article. Now we’re going to reconsider our thinking about the Time Cube.

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12 responses to “Way Down Upon the Paluxy River

  1. artefacts [sic]

    That’s the correct spelling in Real English.

  2. > “Advocates of the theory of
    > evolution oftentimes use
    > archaeological evidence such
    > as fossils”
    ————–
    Not knowing the difference between archaeology and paleontology is a mistake that 3rd graders make. “Advocates of the theory of evolution” are called scientists. Their views are based on evidence and objective interpretations that have been tested and verified countless times. Our anonymous writer here is pretty low even on the creationist totem pole.

  3. michaelfugate

    Notice how many caveats there are in this short excerpt: “believed to be”, “if [ ] dated correctly”, “could be flawed”. Just think – if pigs had wings, they could fly.

  4. The evolution-busting “fossils” in question are artefacts all right. As in “forgeries”.

  5. James St. John,

    You wrote: “Not knowing the difference between archaeology and paleontology is a mistake that 3rd graders make.”

    To creationists, there’s no need to know the difference between archaeology or paleontology or biology or cosmology, etc. All those fields of study contradict their beliefs about Genesis and so get lumped into the same category.

    Here’s a comment left by a fan of David Rives on one of his YouTube videos:

    “I have always believed that dino’s lived thousands of years ago, not millions! My reasoning is simply, because God said so in Job 40 & 41. I would rather believe the word of my Father, for He is truth, rather than man and science, because they love to embellish the truth and wouldn’t know the truth if it were sitting in front of them. To believe the Father is fact enough for me!”

    source

    It illustrates that mindset quite nicely.

  6. Numerous footprints, dinos/animals/mankind, all together, found in Jellystone and Bedrock, particularly Bedrock. Yabba, dabba, doo. Suggest creationists check them out.

  7. The website Christian Today:
    “…the Museum[The Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas} puts on display a handprint in limestone unearthed in the 1970s near Weatherford in Texas. The fossil is believed to be from the Cretaceous Era, some 110 million years ago.”

    It’s hard to picture how a handprint — or a footprint of anything, for that matter — could be formed in limestone. Mudstone, sure. Sandstone, volcanic ash — of course. But limestone? It almost always forms in a marine environment, and in fairly deep water, or as a coral reef, etc.

    Now, it would certainly be easy for a sculptor to carve a handprint in limestone…

  8. michaelfugate

    …puts on display a handprint in limestone unearthed fabricated in the 1970s near Weatherford in Texas.

    Is this what you mean, RSG?

  9. @michaelfugate: Yes; truly an artifact as H. K. Fauskanger stated above. However, I can’t say it was fabricated in the 1970s; an artistically-talented dinosaur might have taken hammer and chisel in hand claw during the Cretaceous and carved out something that just by chance resembled something that wouldn’t actually exist until 110 million years later.

  10. Holding The Line In Florida

    @retiredsciguy “an artistically talented dinosaur…” Gotta love that! I shall use that in class one day!

  11. @Holding The Line In Florida: Please do, Bro!

  12. “Tubing”, involves a floating cooler, an inner tube, significant quantities of ice and can beer and a hot summer day. One then floats the Paluxy while pondering which barbq place to have lunch at.
    For others, like Baugh “tubing” involves ODing on full sugar, six packs of Dr Pepper and Jolt Cola while wearing a blindfold. Yabba Dabba Doo