Creationism, Here There Be Dragons...
So Leigh and I are watching a video series by Kent "Dr. Dino
" Hovind and it's pretty interesting. He falls victim all too often to the same thing rabid evolutionists do. That is, he looks at the "evidence", lays his beliefs over the top, and voila it proves
x theory. It isn't science any more than evolution is really, but it is fun and I believe much the same he does (God created the world, there was a global flood, etc.). I don't know that the world is as young as he believes or that it literally took God six days, though either certainly could be true.
Anyway, last night the tape got interesting. He believes that dinosaurs are still walking around in the forms of Nessie
, Mokele Mbembe
, and other cryptozoological
beasties. He also believes that dragons are/were real and that the leviathan of the OT was a dinosaur. I like all of these ideas.
I mean if there was a global flood and Noah took along some baby dinos as Hovind would have us believe they could certainly still be around. If they are then I could see how they would propagate the dragon legends and all of the various lake and sea monsters. There's something there.
I firmly believe that there is a core that exists in each legend. A core of truth that inspired it. Look at all of the flood myths. I think it's also possible that there is a race of giant people that may still be around. Giant in the Shaq sense or the Goliath sense, not 20 feet tall but 8-9 feet. Not unrealistic and could explain Sasquatch.
Maybe Hovind is a bit of a crackpot. Heck Answers In Genesis
put big holes in some of the theories that he and other fellow creationists have and if you don't get backing from your brethren then that says something. But he's a likeable crackpot, seems pretty smart, and is a heck of a speaker. And anything that encourages a belief in firebreathing dragons (yes he literally believes they breathed fire) can't be all bad can it?