Creationist fired for finding dinosaurs thousands, not millions of years old!
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
The researcher peered through the electron microscope gazing at cells of soft tissue freed from within the calcified remains by four weeks of immersion in mild acid. He saw structures appearing to be blood vessels and even crystallized blood proteins among other preserved organic molecules.
But wait a minute! The fossil he was working with was a 3.5 ft.-long triceratops horn from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. It was from a dinosaur that evolutionists say lived at the end of the so-called Cretaceous Period 65 million years ago!
Such finds are increasingly common and have led evolutionary scientists to invent various theories to explain away how such tissues could last for millions of years. The tissues are easy targets of microorganisms which digest and break them down and so should never survive the ravages of so much time. Could it be that the fossilized triceratops horn is really only on the order of 4,000 to 6,000 years old?
By now you may be aware of the recent news report of how the scientist, Mark Armitage, who co-authored a paper about these findings, was fired from his job at California State University shortly after its publishing. As a creationist, Armitage critiqued the unconvincing explanations of how such soft tissue could survive for so long, and in doing so he went against the scientific orthodoxy of our day. Yet the preservation of soft tissue in dinosaur remains is powerful biological evidence that the triceratops horn, and other such dinosaur findings, are far less than 65 million years old – the supposed age of the Hell Creek Formation, and the supposed time when dinosaurs became extinct.
What we know from creation science is that so much better explanations of what we can observe in our world come out of the biblical revelation of recent creation followed by the world-changing cataclysm of Noah’s Flood. What we find, for example, are millions of fossils buried in layers of sedimentary rock that were once deep muddy slurries as if from a huge flood – all over the world! And we find a gradation of fossils with the smaller, less-buoyant and more dense being farther down in the layering than the larger and more mobile forms of life – as would occur in flood deposition.
Yet this quite rational view is contrary to a worldview which seeks rather to dismiss the Bible, to dismiss even a Creator, in favor of a view which puts man at the top of an evolution of purely natural processes – Naturalism/Materialism. This philosophy is the view of Humanism, Marxism, and the various Postmodernisms. Needless to say, naturalism is dominant in many of the cultural institutions of our day, including academia, such that it suppresses even the freedom of thought.
Instead of invoking a Creator, the nature-based false-philosophers invoke “deep time” (e.g., 65 million years), a requirement for the persistence of the deception of evolution. We cannot see evolution happening now, but just give it enough time, they say. Thus, those who disagree, or who point to the vast amount of evidence to the contrary – such as soft tissue remaining in dinosaur fossils – are ostracized, shamed before their peers, or otherwise ridiculed and disciplined.
This is a tactic of our spiritual adversary, the devil. Satan is called “the accuser of the brethren” in Scripture (Revelation 12:10), who “prowls about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Roaring lions in a hunting pride are usually the old males which have the big manes and scare-up the game for the others. In other words, the devil uses fear and intimidation, though quite possibly toothless, as he seeks to “devour” us – to keep us from being fruitful and fulfilled in our spiritual walk and calling.
This is why an understanding of spiritual warfare is so important to the Christian life. Our adversaries are not really the people being deceived by false philosophies such as evolution, but the demonic wickedness which seeks to deny us fellowship with our Holy God and Savior. As Martin Luther put it in his classic hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”:
And lo this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us.
We will not fear for God hath willed, His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him.
His rage we can endure, for lo his doom is sure.
One little word shall fell him.
Your ministry, Creation Moments, understands this and remains true not only to exposing the scientific fallacies of evolution and the various evolution-based “isms” of our day, but to doing so in a way which understands the spiritual warfare we are in. That is why we covet your earnest prayers and why we want to pray for you as you minister in your own family and fellowship. And that is why we try to carry out our mission, firmly abiding in the fruit of the Spirit – of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Thank you so much for participating with us in this tremendously important ministry, and God bless you and your family one hundred fold!