Thomas Fretwell – ‘Prehistoric’ Preachers: Dinosaurs as “The Gateway Drug to Atheism”: What is Their Real Message?

Dinosaurs have the power to captivate audiences, both young and old. They have fuelled people’s imaginations for generations. The veil of mystery surrounding them only adds to the intrigue. Where did the great beasts come from? Why did they go extinct? Such questions fuel the passion of a million would-be paleontologists still under the age of ten! It is no overstatement to say that almost every child, and adult for that matter, has heard of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex. Hollywood has cashed in on the public’s fascination with dinosaurs over the years, producing the Jurassic Park franchise. The most recent instalment, Jurassic World, was released in 2015. In addition to this, multiple documentaries and cartoons exist making use of the best CGI to bring the message of these ‘Prehistoric Preachers’ to a new generation.

Given their popularity, it is important to understand the message being communicated through these fascinating creatures. In an interview for the Huffington Post, David Krentz, the character designer for the 2014 big-budget 3D movie Walking with Dinosaurs, commented that,

“I have always said that dinosaurs are the gateway drug to science for kids.”

The thing about gateway drugs is that they lead to something else, in this case ‘science’. In this context, the term is clearly referring to a naturalistic interpretation of science—concerning events that happened in the past—not the observational science done in laboratories today. One blogger, writing for The Meaning Without God Project, phrases it even more candidly:

“Dinosaurs were my gateway drug to Atheism. And while I was still six or seven years away from reaching the conclusion that God either didn’t care about us or didn’t exist, the Dinosaurs had shared an important secret—that the Bible can be wrong.”

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Kevin Anderson – Dinosaur Tissue: A Biochemical Challenge to the Evolutionary Timescale

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In 2005 a group of researchers, led by Dr. Mary Schweitzer, reported extracting pliable pieces of tissue from a T. rex fossil. Within this tissue they observed osteocytes, common cells found inside the matrix of bone. Even more surprising, they detected fragments of collagen (a common animal protein). Follow-up studies presented additional support for this discovery.

However, the presence of tissue and protein fragments still remaining in dinosaur fossils poses a direct biochemical challenge to the standard geologic dating paradigm. If dinosaur fossils are at least 65 million years old, how has this biological material survived? How could these bones not yet be fully fossilized even after millions of years? These questions raise significant issues about contemporary dating methods.

Not surprisingly, this discovery was widely challenged. Tissue containing proteins were certainly unexpected and should not have survived millions of years of decay and fossilization. Thus, alternate ideas were offered in attempts to dismiss the tissue as “fake.” These alternatives included the suggestion that the material was from a bird carcass mixed with the fossil, laboratory contamination, and even microbial biofilm. While the evidence for such claims proved weak,6 it does reveal an eagerness to show the extracted material was anything other than authentic dinosaur tissue.

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Gary Bates – Can Dinosaurs Falsify Evolution?: Yet Another Achilles’ Heel!

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Dinosaurs are a constant source of fascination for young and old alike. At CMI, our dinosaur talks are often the most requested by churches, and the subject inevitably comes up during our question and answer times. But why? After all, there are thousands of other extinct creatures found in the fossil record—types of shellfish, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Biblical creationists have no problem in answering when God might have created such creatures. For instance, Day 5 of Creation Week, about 6,000 years ago, for the sea and flying creatures and Day 6 for land animals. However, when it comes to dinosaurs there is a seeming mystery. “How do you fit dinosaurs in the Bible? Why don’t we see them mentioned in Scripture?” are the usual questions we receive.

Dinosaurs = millions of years?

But most Christians seem unaware that they are only asking these questions because of evolutionary indoctrination. Quite simply, most people are confused because the concept of dinosaurs is firmly equated with millions of years (MOY). The secular world is equally fascinated by dinosaurs, and so there is a plethora of movies, documentaries, and children’s books; and museums that elegantly display and recreate them, and always within an evolutionary framework of MOY. And this alleged ‘evidence’ is seemingly overwhelming to many.

“Look, we can find their bones, therefore they are real and must be MOY old.”

The MOY stronghold is so strong that even well-meaning Christians sometimes resort to extra-biblical ideas such as saying that they existed in an alleged gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Some confused Christians have even proposed that God created the fossils to test our faith, or some even claim that they are hoaxes.

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Book Review – Dinosaurs: Marvels of God’s Design

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Everybody seems to love dinosaurs. The recent success of the movie Jurassic World seems proof enough of that fact. Unfortunately, the typical approach when it comes to dinosaurs is the presentation of the evolutionary dogma that dinosaurs existed long before man and we part of the “from goo to you by way of the zoo” movement of history promoted by such a theory. Christians often fall into the evolutionary trap, failing to realize dinosaurs were created by God and were part of His original creation. They are also often unaware that Scripture does speak about these amazing creatures.

In his book Dinosaurs: Marvels of God’s Design, Dr. Tim Clarey walks the reader through the issue of the dinosaurs, using the framework and lens of the Bible as well as providing sound science throughout. Yes that is correct…science actually can and does support the biblical account. More on that later.

For starters, this book is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t often use that as a description for a book; however, the full color pages found throughout are very impressive. The maps, pictures of various dinosaurs, scriptural quotes, historical figures of note, and tables provide the reader with much to look at. I would submit this book would be of great use not just for children, but also for adults. I found the information to be highly readable and even when matters of science are discussed (and here is much scientific fact provided in this book), it was not overwhelming to the point where a child or someone not well versed in such matters could not enjoy the information.

Now as noted earlier, this book is written from a creation science perspective and Clarey does not hide that fact. As one who affirms the creation science approach to origins and dinosaurs for that matter, I appreciated that Clarey does not shy away from noting how science does support the Bible when it comes to this subject. God’s Word is not devoid of addressing the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, translators have tended to treat Leviathan and Behemoth as nothing more than a crocodile or hippo. The reality is Job encountered and lived alongside dinosaurs. This means the oldest book in the Bible attests to man living with these creatures.

Clarey addresses all the necessary questions such as the actual age of dinosaurs, matters related to soft tissue found in dinosaur fossils, how carbon-14 dating reveals a young age for dinosaurs fossils, and most importantly, how dinosaurs are not evidence of random chance, but rather clear and beautiful evidence of God’s design. He provides the reader with a plethora of facts by which we can combat the evolutionary dogma of millions of years.

I found this book to be excellent and I highly recommend it. As a homeschooling parent, it will certainly find its way into science and bible related discussions over the coming years.

This book is available for purchase from Master Books by clicking here.

I received this book for free from Master Books via Cross Focused Reviews and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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