If You Drive I-30, Prepare to Be Told That Dinosaurs Walked the Earth with Humans

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Wait. You knew that man and dinosaur walked the earth hand-in-talon, right? Happened about 6,000 years ago? "And on the fifth day God created dinosaurs and on the sixth He made man to rideth upon them."? Well how exactly do you explain these fossil things that keep turning up? I recommend you watch this series of educational films. And get your ass to the Creation Museum.

Sure, the five-year-old Mecca cathedral of evangelical revisionism Truth is in Kentucky, but once your impressionable young one catches sight of the billboard above, or whichever of the 20 variations will go up along Interstate 30 at Ferguson Road, you'll have no choice, because kids go batshit for dinosaurs.

(Quick aside: Houston is getting three dino billboards to Dallas' one. Does that mean we're less or more Godly?)

As the Associated Press explains, the billboards are part of a nationwide campaign to lure visitors to the museum to gawk at animatronic dinosaurs and learn that the giant reptiles were created a few thousand years ago.

Answers in Genesis, the museum's parent organization, refers to these as "biblical truths."

Of course, in its quest for balance, the AP dutifully throws in a competing perspective.

Paleontologists say fossil evidence shows dinosaurs were present on the earth tens of millions of years ago, well before humans arrived. Science educators that have long criticized the museum and said the Creation Museum's campaign is meant to attract young people interested in dinosaurs to a place that delivers a religious message and a version of history that conflicts with scientific findings.

A right-thinking commenter on AiG president Ken Ham's Facebook page helps set the record straight: "Some of us are also critical of science educators who can't tell the difference between their field and history."

Bam! Case closed.


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mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Ignoramuses take pride in their ignorance, and arrogant assholes take pride in their arrogance. Some lucky folks like you get to take pride in both. Do you attend church, billmarvel? And if so, what church do you attend?

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

I don't see that we have any common ground on which we can even begin to speak to each other intelligently. So I'm outta here.

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

And your bias is even more obvious. I'm an educated guy, billmarvel, and pretty well-read. I was raised in the one of the many common religious traditions of 20th century America and am quite familiar with the tenets and traditions of mainstream Christian faiths as they are currently practiced. I've also read extensively about Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism as well as many ancient religious practices. I've read and studied about the ancient Greeks and also the rise and fall of the Roman empire. I don't consider myself a scholar, but I do know this: Man has been reinventing his relationship with his creator since the beginning of time. We are all atheists, billmarvel, I just reject one more god than you do. Actually, I consider myself more of a Militant Agnostic. I don't know, and you don't either.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 A penis walks into a vagina... Now THAT'S a fucking joke.

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Even the Popes have long since endorsed the science of evolution.

Larry
Larry

Want a final answer on Religion v Science?  Even the Pope takes medicine. So there.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Well, there's there sign: They cannot even read their own Bible. TWO versions of Creation. TWO of them. PICK one and stick with it. TWO versions of the Flood. TWO, pick one and stick with it. So, God let the dinosaurs drown, because they can't exlpain how they disappeared so fast, such in massive groups, that NO HUMAN DOCUMENTED IT, yet they lived side by side with man? God would create Man and create these beasts that were so huge, so unbelievablby strong, yet no mention of them in the Bible. Wow. What an oversight by God. Living proof that some people who love God are too dumb --I mean, TOO DUMB--- to realize their ignorance limits their understanding of His power and majesty. Their God shaked and baked the earth, literally in 6 days. MY God,is sooo much better. He has been in existence FOREVER, and he is so powerful, so great, this cycle of creation has been around for eons, and more.... Which velief gives God more credit, eh?

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Golden, My disregard is not at all casual.  You cannot discuss religion seriously with someone who equates the subject with sky fairies and Tilton and the Bakkers, any more than you can discuss evolution seriously with somebody that believes men walked with dinosaurs. However passionate, both views qualify neither as knowledge nor experience. Especially when they are accompanied by the kind of snaky contempt that you see in some of the comments here. Your points, however, are worth discussing. The fact that we use the word "religion" to describe the world's major faiths, I think, establishes that they have enough in common to make discussion possible.  All faiths look beyond the purely rational, in the 18th-century meaning of that word, the here and now, for an explanation of our human presence in the world and our relationship to one another, and the obligations that arise from these relationships. All share a faith -- or intuition, if you wish -- that there is more to the world than is guessed at in our rationalism. So it's worth at least considering the difference between modes of knowledge, and whether only one mode is legitimate and others ought to be dismissed out-of-hand. This is where the Creationists and the religion-bashers are brothers under the skin. Each believes only one mode of knowledge -- his mode -- is possible. In fact, that other modes are not knowledge at all, but rank superstition or Godless ignorance. Each thinks he has nothing to learn from the other. And so the Creationist falls into the error of believing that Genesis, and only Genesis, can explain the existence and condition of the physical world; and the religion-basher likewise believes that no explanation except that offered by science is desirable or necessary. Somebody wrote on this blog "Faith and science don't mix. End of story." But of course they do mix, or at least co-exist, in million of believers of every faith, who see no contradiction between these two modes of knowledge. (My main quarrel, by the way, has never been with the religion-bashers, but with creationists, the Bible literalists. It's not their science that's at fault; it's their theology.) So, you see, there are plenty of things about religion people can discuss intelligently, provided they begin by taking the subject and each other seriously.     

RTGolden
RTGolden

Bill, Your posts here decidedly point out that you would much rather NOT discuss religion with anyone.  The criteria which you set for someone to be able to carry on an 'intelligent' discussion of the subject are so contradictory as to be exclusionary of everyone. For instance, you state "... it would help if you got some sense of what authentic religion, muslim, hindu, christian, jewish, is all about..."  While three of these four do indeed spring from the same well, all four are different enough to carry disagreement as to "what authentic religion is all about".  Not to mention each of the three Judaic religions would claim there is only one authentic flavor, and Hinduism might indeed tell you that there is no authentic religion, only a pure communion of reason and intuition. (Rhadhakrishnan). As to your speck/plank observation, reading your comments, with their casual disregard for the knowledge, experiences and passions of the recipients, one might advise you to disassemble the dog-eared fence blocking your own vision.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 Wow. It's Thursday. You're right. Jeezuz!

Montemalone
Montemalone

Having grown up in Dallas, I know plenty about religion. We've produced some of the greats. Bob "Toots" Tilton Benny Hinn Creflo Dollar (gotta love a preacher named after that which he truly worships) Kenneth Copeland Roberta Jeffress (that hate spewing little pissant) countless black deacon/bishop/reverend/whatevers driving shiny new cars living in suburban mansions while the flock huddles in the neighborhoods Belo is constantly dripping buckets of drops on. That's just the local boys. We could move on to Jim Bakker (Tammy gets a pass. She repented later in life, did that show with Jm J Bullock, and tried to do right), Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, and I could go on. Then we have the literally holier than thou types insisting on creches on public property, bible verses carved in stone, the war on Christmas (which I believe was started by Gimbel's, won by Macy's), and of course the public subsidy in the form of tax free enterprise and property, and then they had to go and insert "under god" into the Pledge of Allegiance. I know you'll say churches do good works, and help the needy and distressed, but that seems to be a very small part of it, and I'm sure plenty of atheist heathens lend a hand and open their wallets to those less fortunate and to victims of disaster.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 So you have to believe in sky fairies, flooded Earth and an ark full of 2 of everything, zombies, virgin births, dietary restrictions, fratricide, matricide, patricide, and other assorted cides in order to say religion is a crock of shit for people too scared of the world around them and full of hate for those not exactly like them? Seems like a lot to ask. I prefer undiluted disdain.

BingoMcGee
BingoMcGee

You could have just said, "Black people are intellectually inferior" and saved yourself a good 20 minutes. And somebody might have even read it!

MKAE
MKAE

"Evolution is bad science, but makes good magic! Using magical illusions, Dr. Menton illustrates the improbability of evolution" FOR REAL?!

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

Like I said, bill, "there's no fun in pointing out the obvious". My post are written to show my ignorant outlook on the world around me and be judged accordingly. Now go get yourself a cool tall glass of lemonade. You deserve it!

donhisself
donhisself

@Diane Birdwell Diane, I would suggest you visit the museum then comment. Actually Dino was mentioned in the bible more than once. Search in Job. A question would be where is there an elephant with a tail like a cedar tree. Elephants tails are more like a rope. Do NASA has two pieces of evidence you may be interested in. The first where it accurately discovers two places where time was altered. One where the earth stopes rotation for almost 24 hours and again the remainder of the day, check out Th sun dial going backwards. Lastly carbon dating. Many scientist use the old equasion that was proven wrong decades ago. New carbon dating shows the earh was terraformed and is only a few thousand years old. NASA uses this data, as does anyone planning to launch a space vechicle. No one has ever proven the bible to be wrong on history, math, geography, or geology. Search and you will fund true data that will support with Truth and fact, not supposition. Dr. Don Underwood

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