In the National Academy of Sciences a new publication helps answer in detail the ways in which the dinosaurs were made extinct. New evidence in North Dakota has paleontologists excited and helps fill in some gaps. This post briefly explores that topic and explains why science is important and why its time for evangelicals to accept science.
“Dinosaurs did not walk with humans. The evolutionary record says different. They gambled.”
“I was very fortunate, during my early years as a paleontologist, in that my field crews and I made some remarkable discoveries indicating dinosaurs to have been extremely social.”
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
Genesis 1:11-13 ESV
Dinosaur at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
About sixty-six million years ago an event occurred that changed civilization and the Earth permanently. An asteroid crashed into the shallow sea near Mexico and created a crater that is 90-miles wide. The asteroid hitting the earth was the equivalent of about 500 million Hiroshimas and resulted the entire Indian subcontinent to catch fire. Debris was cast far into space and about 85% of all animals and forms of life on earth were ended. This event is what led to the death of the dinosaurs and making an entire species extinct. When the asteroid hit the area in Mexico off the Yucatan peninsula debris that consisted of molten rock and glass fell to the earth. Ancient fish caught glass blobs in their gills as they swam. Cataclysmic waves threw animals onto dry land and then were buried in silt.
According to The Washington Post, a new study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This report is based off new developments that scientists discovered in North Dakota. Scientists engaged in paleontology found some fossils of fishes, and animal life that died within hours of the asteroid hitting earth. Many in the discipline of science are thrilled with this discovery and what has been learned. As a result we know much more about the event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. This development was covered in the New Yorker as well. I read about this while I was reading The Washington Post the other day. Normally I don’t do articles about science at this blog. But when I read that article I was amazed and decided to write about this issue.
Science is Amazing and its Time Evangelicals Embrace it
Science is absolutely amazing and a blessing to our society and culture. When one considers what science has accomplished it should give one pause. Recently through geology and paleontology researchers were able to determine the details of the extinction of the dinosaurs. That is incredible and it helps civilization to understand how life ended for many species. But step back from this one area and contemplate the other forms of science and what they accomplished and what they can teach us.
Consider modern medicine. Think of about the invention of the vaccine and the diseases that have been eradicated because of the work that Jonas Salk did in regards to polio. Think of the other vaccines that keep harmful diseases which are a threat to our society at bay. Then there are other medical treatments and developments that results in ways to deal with cancer or other topics. Don’t get me wrong as there is still a lot of ground to break. Plus we still need to create a vaccine for HIV. But think of how life has been expanded upon for those infected with HIV. In the 1980’s HIV was a death sentence. Today people can live and have an ordinary life with HIV. Consider how science has helped our environment. Think of the way we are moving away from plastics to biodegradeables. But it was also scientists who invented plastics by a chemist in the early 1900’s. Then you also have biologists and the expanded food supply and modern agriculture. In the 1940’s new varieties of corn, wheat and rice were developed. Also developed is new ways to deal with pests and insects that threaten crops. It will be scientists that climate change will be addressed and ways to deal with it explored; after all they are warning of the topic.
Science is a field that we need to invest in. It remains and needs to be a pillar of our society and civilization. I have long been fascinated by science and demonstrate this by going to museums, aquariums, and more. When I was in the Boy Scouts I camped in the Sierra Nevada mountains in camp. Sometimes laying on the ground late at night and watching the Milky Way and shooting stars is impressive. Free from light pollution I recall watching satellites moving across the sky. If you have not done something like that then your life is lacking and appreciation for astronomy grows.
I write all this to say that it is long past time for evangelicals to embrace science. In many ways they already have each time they go to the doctor or take antibiotics for an infection. Whereas Catholics and mainstream Protestants have accepted science it is the evangelicals that are often still stuck in the 1400’s on this topic. Why do many have to be at war with science is something I have never understood. When I was reading that article in The Washington Post I remember thinking to myself, how many evangelicals could not be in awe at what was discovered? How many would run away and have problems with the subject matter? It doesn’t have to be an either/or scenario. Why can’t some evangelicals accept science and live in the tension?
Deep Concerns About Ken Ham
When it comes to science there is one individual who this blog believes creates needless controversy, conflict and is nothing but a pain in the rear end. I am referring to Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis of course. He is one of the more polarizing individuals. This blog has toyed with the notion of starting a Go Fund Me to buy Ken Ham a one way airline ticket back to Australia. 😛 Ken doesn’t bring much to the topic instead he brings conflict. I see him as a narcissist who loves to be the center of attention and who creates these problems for fame and more. He has been trolled by atheists in the past, and this blog has rooted for the atheists. You can read that in, “Ken Ham is Trolled by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Meanwhile he Attacks Atheists and the Media, is Under Scrutiny by Kentucky, Plus He Blames Hurricanes on Sin.” Ken Ham needs to exit the conversation and go stage left. Our society and churches will improve considerably with his absence. That is it for the day guys, this article came about due to reading the newspaper yesterday.