Owen wrote:RACHE wrote:As a Christian I got no beef with Science. Science and the Bible are not enemies
These people don't seem to share your viewpoint.
(That's not a dig at Christianity, it's a dig at morons).
That was so stupid I had to read it twice and step out of the room to digest it.
Ignoring how the argument presupposes the existence of a supernatural entity, there's several other theories aside from the "fish-evolving-into-dinosaur" one. (No, not the carefully-positioned floating rubbish one either.) Loch Ness is connected by a twenty-three-mile strait to the North Sea. Once upon a long long time ago, some plesiosaurs headed down the strait and found a lovely lake. They stayed there. Over time, the strait grew shallower and filled in (because terrain does that), and the plesiosaurs were trapped. Voila, a Nessie family, with the members taking turns at making public appearances. And if you're looking for fossil evidence, then replace the plural plesiosaur with just one - one lonely plesiosaur blessed (cursed) with an extremely long life and a photogenic profile.
NOW. Over with my irrelevant Nessie spat.
Textbooks that'll force an exception to my anti-book-burning policy wrote:God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals
Counter-evidence to this became painfully obvious around Linnaeus's time (mid-1600s). First, Noah's ark. All the animals that would ever exist had already been created by God and were represented on the ark (Noah was running a veritable McCruise-Ship here, ferrying around those 20,000 non-aquatic animals).
So there's the Flood, the receding waters, and now the unloading of the boat. Conventional belief puts Noah's ark in eastern Turkey when it docks. A new problem arises in species distribution (given a non-Pangea world model). How did polar bears survive the trek from Turkey to Antarctica, given their need for cold climes and blubbery seals? If the kangaroos hopped all the way from Turkey to Australia (to say nothing of paddling across the Indian Ocean), why didn't any of them stay in Asia? If the bald eagle flew straight off for North America, why wasn't Russia to its liking?