Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Thompson Citizen of Thompson, Manitoba. It’s titled Dinosaurs, dragons and millions of years. The newspaper has a comments section.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But today we’ve got a preacher — or something similar. It’s Richard Sheppard, described as the Group Leader of the Thompson Seventh-day Adventist Church. Excerpts from the Group Leader’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I love dinosaurs! I love watching movies about dinosaurs, hearing about dinosaurs, and reading about dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are my thing! Now, “How,” you may ask, “can a Creationist like yourself who denies evolution believe in creatures that science has proven to have existed millions of years ago?”
Silly question, but here’s the Group Leader’s answer:
First of all, I’d like to point out “science” could never prove that anything happened millions of years ago. Science is knowledge derived from observation, experimentation, etc. You can’t observe what happened millions of years ago; you can only believe in it. Contrary to the accepted view of dinosaurs, science and the Bible say lots about dinosaurs that contradict the viewpoint of millions of years.
You’re hooked, aren’t you? Let’s read on:
According to the Bible, flying creatures were created on day five and all land animals on day six. Exodus 20:11 assures us, “[I]n six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” If God made everything in six days, Adam must have seen dinosaurs! Think about it — you’ll see I am right.
Verily, the logic is undeniable. He continues:
So, does historical scientific evidence give evidence that dinosaurs and man have lived together? Surprisingly, yes. Consider a few points: Dragon legends exist in every culture around the world. The Bible even mentions dragons. The descriptions of these creatures in legend have been embellished to some degree but, basically, the common characteristics of these creatures are that they are large, reptilian beasts; some fly, some walk; some are carnivorous and frightening, while some are vegetarian and friendly.
There are also legends and drawings that describe flying horses, winged lions, mermaids, centaurs, etc., but the Group Leader selectively ignores all of those. Here’s more evidence:
Herodotus, who lived around 400-484 B.C., wrote about “winged serpents” whose wings were like a bat’s, and he also wrote of creatures he called “ibises” that were much larger than these who killed them (see Herodotus, Histories, vol. 2, para. 75, 76). …. Additionally, today, in Papua New Guinea, there are reports of pterodactyl-like creatures that terrorize local villagers.
Beowulf, a historical figure who is sometimes thought of as legendary, wrote in the famous story of Beowulf and Grendel the Dragon, how a village in which he was residing at the time was terrorized by a large bipedal carnivore that had arms with little use with claws on them, and a mouth with large sharp teeth.
Beowulf wrote Beowulf? Okay. Then we’re given even more evidence:
Large amounts of Carbon-14 are found in dinosaur fossils, which should be beyond trace in something 90,000 years old. Mary Schweitzer and her team have been the discoverers of many dinosaur fossils with fresh bone marrow, blood cells, hemoglobin, etc. Smithsonian Magazine has published her findings but has stated that her findings have been “hijacked” by Creationists. Modern animals and modern birds are found in dinosaur-era rock layers.
Astonishing! Oh, we’ve discussed the Mary Schweitzer findings in Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat? Moving along:
This is one of many areas where the general theory of evolution is the biggest, and most foolish hindrance to scientific research.
Yeah, the general theory of evolution is a hindrance. Presumably, the special theory of evolution isn’t quite so bad. Now brace yourself, because here comes a whole catalog of creationist clunkers:
Why don’t you ever hear the above pieces of historical and scientific evidence talked about in public schools or universities where the theory of evolution reigns paramount? Why do public school textbooks support evolution with “evidence” that has either been severely misrepresented or entirely fraudulent (e.g., Haeckel’s embryos, “vestigial organs,” horse evolution, Java man, Piltdown man, Nebraska man, Archaeopteryx, etc.).
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But wait — it gets even better:
Watch Dr. Kent Hovind’s Creation Seminar for more information [link omitted].
The only thing the Group Leader left out is Jack Chick’s Big Daddy? And now we come to the end — the material in brackets is from the newspaper:
Paul warned us in his First Epistle to Timothy (1 Timothy) 6:20 to beware of “oppositions of science falsely so called [lit., “pseudo-science”].” We would do well to heed his warning!
That was quite a letter! We are pleased to include it in our collection.
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