Friday

A Huge Dead Dinosaur!

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Dr. Howdy was recently walking 
along the edge of the jungle
found a huge dead dinosaur with
a UNC student
standing beside it. 

Amazed, Prof Howdy asked: "Did 
you kill that?". The UNC student 
said "Yes."

Professor Howdy asked "How could 
a little guy like you kill a huge beast 
like that?"

Said the student: "I killed it with my club."

Dr. Howdy, astonished, asked: "How 
big is your club?"

The UNC student replied: "There's 
about 60 of us."


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The Bible was written during 1,600
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That's the image of God that is in us. But as G. K.
Chesterton famously put it, when we reject the God
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in everything -- including Little Green Men.

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Dear Professor Howdy,

Thank you for your simply addicting newsletter...it's truly a candidate
for the 8th wonder of the world and 1st candidate for the cyber-world...
it just keeps blooming with more of what I need and, I think, what we
all need...please keep up the great works!!!

Type atcha later...

God bless you,

Phil H
WI


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Dear Dr. Howdy, Indeed I am a faithful Tarheel*, having both
MA and Ph.D. from their fine chemistry department.
But that doesn't keep me from getting a great kick out
of the humor propagated by what appears to me to be
a pack of wolves!!**


SERIOUSLY, THE HUMOR IS GREAT FUN BUT MY
MAIN ATTRACTION WAS TO THE CONSERVATIVE
MORAL AND POLITICAL STANCE THAT SEEMED
TO CHARACTERIZE THE FIRST ISSUE I SAW.
INCIDENTALLY (HE SAYS ACCIDENTALLY!), it was
sent to me by a friend, so I really didn't "hear about
you" at all, and still haven't. All I know is what has
come in the two issues of the Newsletter I have
seen. The best to you.

S. P.

*Another name for UNC.
** UNC's archrival - NCSU.


7 comments:

Professor Howdy said...

20th and 21st Century Dinosaurs........Page1

Man and Dinosaur Co-existence

"He sets up his tail like a cypress; and his nerves are wrapped together. His sides are sides of brass; and his backbone is as cast iron. This is the chief of the creation of the Lord; made to be played with by his angels".. Book of Job, from the Septuagint (Greek version of the Bible), 250 B.C.

Why Contemporaneous Man and Dinosaur Matters

(Photo:This apparent Plesiosaur specimen washed ashore in Monterey Bay, California in 1925. It sported a twenty foot or so long neck and some witnesses described a number of legs on the creature. Are Plesiosaurs still living in the Pacific Ocean?)

"We now come to perhaps the most intriguing description of them all, given by one of the most scientifically competent of them all. Mind the reader, not most competent, but one of the most competent. His name was E.L. Wallace, a man who served twice as president of the Natural History Society of British Columbia. He had the following to say about the animal:

""My examination of the monster was quite thorough. I felt in its mouth and found it had no teeth. Its head is large and its neck fully twenty feet long. The body is weak and the tail is only three feet in length from the end of the backbone. These facts do away with the whale theory, as the backbone of a whale is far larger than any bone in this animal. Again, its tail is too weak for an animal of the deep and does away with that last version.

"With a bill like it possesses, it must have lived on herbage . . . I would call it a type of plesiosaurus.""

A stunning conclusion, no doubt. Later, Mr. Wallace offered the theory that the monster may have been preserved in a glacier for millions of years, finally being released by the gradual melting of ice, eventually ending up cast upon the shore in Monterey Bay."....TrueAuthority.com

Within the man/dino controversy there exists at least three distinct groups;1)Creationists who (for religious reasons- Christianity) would like proof that man and dinosaurs co-existed because it would support the Biblical view of creation,2)Scientists, who (for religious reasons: Evolution) do not want to see any proof of man/dinosaur coexistence because it would do radical damage to the theory and 3)Objective scientists who for scientific reasons want to know what the facts actually are.

(Photo:right, This approximately 50 foot long creature washed ashore in Situate Harbor, Massachusetts during the night of November 16, 1970 Click and drag photo to resize: Courtesy of JavaScript.com)

This third group is probably the smallest, and is more likely to include members of the first group than of the second. "In 1983 D.H. Milne and S. Schafersman wrote in Journal of Geological Education (p.lll) about the reports of finding human prints and dinosaur prints together.

They stated: "Such an occurrence would seriously disrupt conventional interpretations of biological and geological history and would support the doctrines of creationism and catastrophism."

(Photo: This set of pictures is of a dead creature caught off the coast of New Zealand in 1977 by a Japanese Fishing boat the Zuiyo Maru;32 feet long weighing two tons. A detailed drawing and samples were taken of the creature by a "marine biologist" on board.

He did not believe the animal to be a decomposing basking shark as the evol/materialists currently dismiss the find as..

To be fair, some creationists have come around to the idea that the Zuiyo Maru creature was in fact a basking shark. Here at s8int.com, we can't say for sure exactly what the creature was though we are persuaded by the eyewitness testimony of the "marine biologist" on board and other data. Still, just because skeptics think that every dead, mysterious sea creature is a basking shark doesn't mean that they aren't occasionally correct :0). Here are several sites that discuss the evidence that the creature was in fact, a plesiosaur. Bowden .. www.gennet.org ..Zuiyo Maru Creature; A Marine Tetrapod, by John Goertzen Click and drag photo to resize)

Evolutionary Skeptics have actually set their own stage for the importance of the Paluxy River and other sites which provide evidence for man and dinosaur co-existence.

For example, on the evening of March 16, 1984, Dr. Duane Gish and Dr. Ernst Mayer debated in Evansville, Indiana. In that debate Dr. Mayer, the evolutionist, said, "creationists have stated that humans and dinosaurs were contemporaries in time...Were this momentous statement true the names of its discoverers would thunder down the corridors of time as individuals who made one of the most outstanding discoveries of the twentieth century." --Dr. Carl Baugh's Doctoral Dissertation

"RICHARD DAWKINS, Oxford, an evolutionist, "If a single, well verified mammal skull were to turn up in 500 million year old rocks, our whole modern theory of evolution would be utterly destroyed.

Incidentally, this is a sufficient answer to the canard, put about by creationist and their journalistic fellow travelers, that the whole theory of evolution is an 'unfalsifiable' tautology.

Ironically, it is also the reason why creationist are so keen on the fake human footprints, which were carved during the depression to fool tourist, in the dinosaur beds of Texas," THE BLIND WATCHMAKER, 1986, p.225

(Photo: strange animal in tv news video caught in a trap in San Antonio in 1996 by a rancher. Taken to university and...Click and Drag to Resize Photo)

So, as you can see, there is much at stake here. As I was growing up, I would ask my mother, who was and is a Christian about dinosaurs. (Dinosaur is a term that was not even created until the mid-1800's)

Not realizing that there was evidence in the Bible concerning dinosaurs and that there was scientific data which has been suppressed concerning man and dinosaurs; she supposed that God had simply placed dinosaur bones in the earth when he created it. Her faith was not damaged by materialism and its influence; in fact, she and I probably had to depend more on our faith.

Quite a few Christians feel this same strain. They are constantly assaulted with "scientific data" which seems to support evolutionary theory,and to challenge their beliefs; a world in which evolution is taught as fact and our faith is thought to be the myth.

Notwithstanding all the evidence against evolution, what many Christians do not see and evolutionist certainly don't see is that evolution is in fact a religion itself, based on faith as much as Christianity is.

In fact, more faith is required to maintain that belief because God has left plenty of evidence concerning Himself, but evolutionists have trained themselves to believe in spite of contrary evidence.

Yes, Dinosaurs Are Mentioned in the Bible

It would be puzzling indeed if the Bible did not mention what we call dinosaurs. It does mention them, however, perhaps not as we would expect. The Bible refers to various animals that we would call dinosaurs as; dragons, sea monsters, flying serpents, leviathan and behemoth, to name a few. The term "dinosaur" was "invented" by Richard Owen, a creationist, in 1842 to describe a class of very large reptile fossils that were being discovered. It means, "terrible-lizard".

If men had witnessed and described these same animals in the past, obviously, they would not have used the term "dinosaur". Notice this piece on the right from the first century Roman mosaic known as the Nile Mosaic. The animal being hunted was identified on the mosaic itself as a "crocodile-leopard". We might call it a dinosaur today. It might have been called a serpent, a dragon or a "crocodile-leopard" in ancient cultures of the past-and in the Bible. More about the Nile Mosaic and the "crocodile-leopard" here.

Is there any animal in the Bible that is as thoroughly described as the leviathan and the behemoth, i.e., the Dinosaur, in Job 39 & 40? See Right column)

I doubt that there are, but that's not the only place in the Bible where they are mentioned. If you're looking for dinosaurs in the Bible; he who has ears, let him hear.

Man and dino co-existence would extend the timeline for man back 150 million years in "mystical materialistic time". This would prove devasting to that religion although I believe they would simply make radical adjustments.

At one time, there was a theory known as Spontaneous Generation, which supposed that mice and other vermin were spontaneously generated from old rags and garbage etc..

That theory has long been disproved by science itself---or has it. Evolutionists and materialists ultimately have to depend on virtually that exact same theory to explain how life came into existence from non-life, which violates everything we know about biology.

Fossil Dinosaur Prints Together with Human Prints

This photo from the Interactive Bible Site, shows a series of 14 left, right footprints with three- toed dinosaur tracks intersecting at 30 degrees.

"Believe it or not, dinosaur footprints, and the footprints of man, are found in the same strata, in the very same formation, in some cases only 18 inches apart, at a geological dig in Glen Rose, Texas, called the Paluxy River Bed. The ancient footprints of "man" at the site are found to be evenly spaced, and go under overhanging shale formations, continuing under the formations, and have been excavated.

Though the dino tracks (in the Paluxy River Bed in Glen Rose, Texas, for instance) are real, perhaps the human prints were later 'clever carvings' by Indians (who must have gotten around other states a lot).

Recent research, however, has shown that they CONTINUE under shale bulldozed away, and paleontologists like Dr. Camp of the University of California and Dr. G. Wescott of Ypsilanti, Michigan, have pronounced them genuine.

Scores of other similar finds have come in: human skulls in the Pliocene strata; pollen and anthropods in Pre-Cambrian layers; even pictographs of a dinosaur among other animals on ancient canyon walls, which would knock some 70 million years out of the geologic column" (Acts, p.15, June 1996).

http://www.s8int.com/dino1.html

Professor Howdy said...

* It's not hard to meet expenses, they're everywhere.



* Budget: A method for going broke methodically.

Professor Howdy said...

The patient is adamant. "Doc, I need a liver transplant,
a kidney transplant, a heart transplant, a cornea transplant,
a spleen transplant, a pancreas trans. . ."

"What makes you think you need all these?"

Well, replied the patient, "My boss said if I wanted to keep
my job I needed to get reorganised."

Professor Howdy said...

Puppy is an ordinary word with an interesting history. A puppy is
a young dog, typically less than one year old, or the young of certain
other certain types of animals, like seals and foxes.



In the 1400s, popi was the word for a woman's small pet dog (usually
a toy dog breed). This word was likely a reference to the fact that
a small lap dog would be treated as a toy or doll. The meaning of the
word broadened from just toy dogs to all young dogs at the end of the
16th century.



Popi is thought to have derived from the Middle French poupee (doll,
toy). Poupee came from the Vulgar Latin puppa (which is also the
root source of the English word puppet). The ultimate root for puppy
is the Latin pupa (girl).

Professor Howdy said...

The evolutionism myth is used to promote the erroneous belief that humans and dinosaurs lived millions of years apart from each other. Children and adults are indoctrinated with this 'belief' starting from early childhood with books that teach it. It's reinforced in the public school system, the media and the entertainment industry. Recent examples include the highly misleading TV documentary called Walking with Dinosaurs that aired on the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel's The Quest for Dinosaurs program.

The Bible clearly teaches that humans and dinosaurs (called "dragons" in the past) were created on the same day. One must engage in hermeneutical back flips to interpret the Bible in any other way on this point. It also goes on to describe interactions between humans and these creatures.



What many people are not aware of is that there exists a considerable body of evidence that supports the biblical claim of human/dinosaur interaction. Some of this evidence suggests that this may be happening even today in certain parts of the world like the African Congo, and even here in the United States.

This evidence exists in many forms. Some examples include:
1. Eye witness accounts by many people of creatures that are exactly like dinosaurs in appearance. The descriptions include not only sightings, but people actually hunting and killing them are being killed by them. These stories have been documented all over the world in many different cultures. They exist in the writings of several well-known ancient people, and have been documented by scientists as recently as a few years ago. Some of the best information along these lines come from evolutionists in their book titled "A Living Dinosaur?".

2. Art work and various ancient artifacts depicting live dinosaurs by themselves, or interacting with humans. These include burial stones, burial cloths, clay figurines, cave drawings, etc.

3. Fossilized footprints of humans and dinosaurs together. While some of these particular discoveries may be questionable, others appear to be far more reliable.

Because evolutionists and the news media have so thoroughly indoctrinated our society into believing we lived millions of years apart from dinosaurs, many will immediately dismiss such evidences as hoaxes, or the result of overactive imaginations. However, like many other 'anomalies' that evolutionists try to explain away or dismiss, this evidence is far too abundant worldwide to ignore.

The problem for evolutionists is that if this is true, it would deal a major blow to evolutionism theory. Some evolutionists will say that if a few dinosaurs were found alive today, it would not do harm to evolutionism. But we're not talking about a few isolated incidents. There are many incidents around the world that are documented in many different cultures. The evidence suggests that this interaction between humans and dinosaurs has in the past been wide-spread, not isolated. If true, this would indeed present a major problem for evolutionists to explain using their world view of origins.

Ron Hutchcraft said...

When Queen Elizabeth's mother, affectionately known to the British as the "Queen Mum," died at the age of 101, reporters did a lot of reflecting on her very special place in British hearts. Much of it was traced to the way that she stood by and supported her husband, the king, as well as the British people during the darkest days of World War II. Night after night, the German bombers would rain down destruction on England's largest cities. London lived largely underground at night, trying desperately to hold out against Hitler's determination to conquer their little nation. At one point, there was a rumor that Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, then just little girls, were going to be sent to another country for their safety. When the "Queen Mum" was asked about that, this was her famous reply: "The girls can't leave unless I leave and go with them, and I can't leave unless the King leaves. And the King will never leave."

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The King Will Never Leave."

That's a powerful promise, especially when the hour is really dark. It's a promise you have, or you can have, beginning this very day from the King of all kings. One of the most amazing, most significant promises Jesus Christ ever made is contained in these eight words from Hebrews 13:5, our word for today from the Word of God, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

No loopholes. No room for disappointment or a change of heart. The Son of God promises to every person who belongs to Him that He will never leave them. Which may be the kind of unloseable love, the kind of anchor-relationship that you need, because there have been way too many people who did leave. Someone who's listening right now knows what it is to be abandoned, to be betrayed, to be disappointed, or dropped, or ignored. Or maybe you've lost people close to you, maybe by their choice or maybe by their death.

All the people who have left have been preparing you for the One who will never leave you, and that is Jesus Christ, God's Son. It's almost ironic that He's our never-leaving One because of all the times we have left Him. We have, according to the Bible, gone "our own way" (Isaiah 53:6) rather than His way. We've lied when we should have told the truth, we've made so many things more important than Him in our life, we've done things with our body, our mind, our mouth, the people we love that we never should have done. But in spite of our turning our back on God and His plans for us, He has not turned His back on us. In fact, He sent Jesus, His One and only Son, to die to pay for everything we've done against Him!

Here's what He says in Isaiah 49, "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! I have engraved you on the palms of My hands." Jesus looks at His hands and He sees there the nail prints that are there because of how much He loves you.

Isn't it time you resigned from running your own life and opened up to the never-leaving love of Jesus Christ? If you want to begin your personal relationship with Him, would you tell Him that right now, right where you are? Tell Him you're putting all your trust in Him and His death for you on the cross. And then, I want to encourage you to go visit our website. So many people have gone there and found help and encouragement in being sure they belong to Jesus - in beginning this most important relationship in life. The website is YoursForLife.net. If you'd prefer, I could send you my little booklet Yours For Life. You can call for it toll free at 877-741-1200.

The bombs may be falling. The hour may be very dark. Others may not be there for you. But once you give yourself to King Jesus, the King will never leave! You have His word on it. You have His life on it.

Ravi Zacharias said...

Of Isms and Rabbit Trails

Among my toughest audiences in apologetics are undoubtedly my two little boys. From the time words started forming on their lips, questions of various kinds have been a staple around our home--the most formidable one being, “Why, daddy?” More than any other of our appetites, I strongly suspect that thirst for knowledge and the occasional thrill of discovery have played the greatest role in shaping history. From the vast machinery of the news media to the intricate systems of the educational enterprise, from specialized research institutions to the multifaceted world of religious devotion, human hunger for knowledge is the oil that greases the mill of civilization.

So pervasive is this drive for knowledge that it can become an end in itself, thus opening up a rudderless detour along our journey to God. This is true in religious systems that claim knowledge for a select few, with secretly guarded rituals forever hidden from the uninitiated. Gnosticism,
from the Greek word gnosis, which means knowledge, was built upon the premise that there exists a category of knowledge privileged to a select few. Most Eastern religions insist that the problem with humanity is not sin but ignorance; hence, their solution to the human predicament is enlightenment, not forgiveness. Similarly, scientific naturalism stakes its fortunes on the bare, cold facts of particles and quarks; to know them is to know ultimate reality--never mind the minor detail that, logically, there is a gaping missing link between knowing how something works and the conclusion that it was not made.

But according to the Bible, at the end of our incessant pursuit of knowledge lies a Person, not an ideology or impersonal reality. God is not only the beginner of all that is; He has also revealed Himself in the earthliest of terms. Jesus was born in circumstances accessible to the lowliest of the shepherds as well as to the most majestic of kings. He spoke to large crowds in
public places and was crucified outside the city walls, thereby silencing forever the voices of self-appointed guardians of alleged esoteric knowledge. In biblical terms, no pursuit of knowledge is ever complete without the discovery of Him who is the Truth; to know Him is to know not only ultimate reality but also ourselves.

It is a solemn thought to remember that reducing apologetics to a contest in the abstract can actually keep us from knowing God. Determined to demonstrate the consistency of our beliefs, we can easily find ourselves on endless rabbit trails--pursuing every form of ism, striving to tie each and every loose end in our belief system, finding comfort when we succeed and frustration when we fail--all the time unaware of the beckoning arms of our loving Father who is Himself the treasure we so diligently seek. Like Jewish leaders of old who diligently searched the scriptures but failed to recognize the One to whom they point when he stood before them in human
flesh (John 4:39-40), we can perfect the art of dissecting biblical and philosophical truths with little progress in our knowledge of God--so enamored with the map that we never take a step towards the destination. As C.S. Lewis observes, “There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself...as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist!.”(1)

The God we meet in apologetics is mostly a subject to be studied, a case to be argued, a conclusion to be drawn--a far cry from the God who has revealed Himself both in the Scriptures and ultimately in the Person of Jesus Christ. When the pursuit of knowledge becomes an end in itself, the conclusions we accept are decidedly driven by our most cherished passions. Just as it is possible to pursue knowledge simply to satisfy our belief in God without much concern for God Himself, it is also possible to seek it passionately precisely because we disbelieve in God.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: In our thirst for knowledge, “intent is prior to content.”(2) Our finitude guarantees that there will always be gaps in our knowledge which only omniscience can fill, but God has put enough content in the world to satisfy any honest intent to find Him.

Is it pointless then to pant for knowledge? Far be it from me to suggest such a thing! This very piece of writing is an attempt to convey knowledge! And, besides, “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them” (Proverbs 25:2, NLT). Whenever I am tempted to disparage the passion for painstaking attention to the seemingly minutiae, I am reminded of the faithful souls who have labored for years to sift through ancient manuscripts of Scripture and then translate them into a language that I can read. We are all beneficiaries of the dedication of others in almost all areas of our lives. Worshiping at the altar of ignorance is no more pious
than worshipping at the altar of mental abundance. But those whose pursuit of Truth is infused with the purity of spirit discover that, all along, the Father has been seeking such to worship Him.(3)

J.M. Njoroge is a member of the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996), 71.
(2) Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996), 98.
(3) See John 4:23.

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There is a gap between the knowledge we know and the reality we live, there is a gap created when hopes are crushed beneath disappointment and when busyness blunts His presence. It is only God who brings the bridge, the coherence, the compassion, the forgiveness, and fulfillment.
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