Sunday, August 26, 2007

Dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden is "going Roswell"

The latest Young Earth Creationist (YEC) attempt at discrediting Evolutionary Biology, namely by promoting the notion that dinosaurs didn't become extinct some 65 million years ago but lived together with man (yep, Adam and Eve) less than 6,000 years ago, has already morphed into a meme. Like the Roswell crash "theory", this story gets retrofitted with more pseudo-scientific nonsense everyday. Those who promulgate the walking-with-dinosaurs croc, in a feeble-minded rearguard fight to defend the Biblical Creation account, have certainly quickly picked up on pseudo-scientific parlance (if you can't beat them join them), always a great method of misinformation.

And let's face it: Ken Hovind, despite the fact that the makers of the video below very convincingly shoot down his arguments in flames, could sell sand to the Arabs and puts up a good front. Hovind's account of giant ships (arks), humongous squids, other Nessie-type sea creatures, creation accounts in other cultures and more nonsense beside that, is certainly a lot easier to understand than
Iridium concentrations at the K-T boundary. That's one of Hovind's greatest allies: the body of evidence supporting Evolutionary Biology is huge, thoroughly interconnected with other scientific paradigms and very sophisticated. Not at all easy to understand or digest by the layman.

I wonder though whether his clearly enthralled audience actually cottons on to the fact that what should be Hovind's crowning piece of evidence, the Bible's alleged mention of dinosaurs, is perhaps his weakest argument and the one he, understandably, glosses over quite quickly. The argument goes in essence that the Bible mentions a creature called Behemoth and that it was large and ate grass. Must be a dinosaur then, yeehaw! Note that the "Behemoth was a Dinosaur" hypothesis was one of the YEC's earliest arguments, the rest is mainly fluffy filler to try and put some flesh on that other extinct entity: Biblical Creation.

I do wonder what
Dembski and Behe, who had a fair share in invigorating the YEC movement, think of all this nonsense. But I bet as good conservatives they won't break rank easily...

Bacon Eating Atheist Jew.


At 5:38 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

Doesn't everybody know the snake from the Garden of Eden was actually a dinosaur?!?

I find it entertaining when preachers mistranslate the original biblical Hebrew to get their point across. Behemoth is the plural of behema. If the word was used in biblical times as it is used in modern Hebrew, then it is just a general word for all big animals like bulls and antilopes.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Gert said...

A talking dinosaur??? That's news to me (lol).


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