Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Naturalis Historia| A Dinosaur Tale: A Young-Earth Speaker Takes on the Asteroid Extinction Theory

Naturalis Historia| A Dinosaur Tale: A Young-Earth Speaker Takes on the Asteroid Extinction Theory

"The problem is that Tommy Mitchell lack of specific knowledge of the fossil record has resulted in his presenting a false understanding of fossils to his audience. He hasn’t provided any real answers at all. He trivializes the facts by either not mentioning important ones or by simply getting his facts wrong.

It is not surprising that someone not familiar with the fossil record of dinosaurs might believe that many dinosaur fossils are the direct result of the asteroid impact. But, Tommy Mitchell is an expert in the eyes of the audience and as such he has a responsibility to be better informed than his audience rather than subject to the same misconceptions. He has a responsibility to get his facts right and present his opponents views accurately. Unfortunately, the many errors in his talk can’t be dismissed as just the result of hasty production. Mitchell has been giving this same talk for at least 2 years. Every word in this talk has been carefully constructed to influence they audience toward a particular view of dinosaurs.

Mitchell even makes a plea to his audience to become informed about dinosaurs because he says it is critical that Christians have answers to dinosaur questions. He is worried that our kids will learn answers about dinosaurs from the world rather than the Bible and thus parents need to educate themselves about dinosaurs and teach our kids these answers. He even pulls out a piece of 1 Peter 3:15 to emphasize the importance of understanding dinosaurs, “… be ready always to give an answer….” That is the Answers in Genesis motto. Always have an answer and AiG will provide you with answers to all your dinosaur questions in their books and videos. But what good are answers if they are based on misconception and poor scholarship?"

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