Arizona-based Trinity Church pastor Mark Driscoll used humor to discuss the topic of dinosaurs in the Bible in a video newsletter this week.
In response to a viewer seeking answers after being challenged on why the Bible doesn't seem to mention the existence of dinosaurs — despite irrefutable scientific evidence that they once existed — Driscoll used a bit of humor to clarify whether or not the extinct creatures are discussed within the sacred text.
To those who question the Bible as to why dinosaurs aren't explicitly discussed, Driscoll quipped, "Because it's not the movie 'Jurrasic Park.'" The Bible isn't a blockbuster film, but a salvation story, the pastor added. "The focus of the Bible is not on animals, it's not on plants, it's on God and people," he said, explaining that animals are "backdrops on the stage" within the volume of the 66 books. more >>
The University of Notre Dame and the Vatican Library have made an unprecedented agreement to collaborate on various projects pertaining to the two Roman Catholic entities' collections.
The five-year agreement has several parameters, including the holding of jointly sponsored academic conferences, the first of which was completed on Tuesday at Notre Dame.
"We've never had anything formal like this. Members of our faculty have utilized Vatican Library but this is the first time we've had a substantial agreement like this one," Chuck Lamphier, director of Church Affairs at Notre Dame, told The Christian Post. more >>
Tourists visiting Solomon's Pools in the West Bank have asked authorities to do more to care for the ancient reservoirs as they are falling apart from harsh weather and neglect.
The pools, which date back to the Second Temple Era, are located southwest of Bethlehem in the Palestinian village of Al Khader, and therefore the Palestinian Authority is responsible for maintaining and repairing the pools.
Benjamin Tropper, a tour guide who works at the pools, told YNet News that the ancient pools serve as a testimony to "[King] Herod's construction abilities," describing them as the "most impressive water area" built during its time nearly 2,000 years ago. more >>
Answers in Genesis has said that a discovery relating to handwriting analysis of a text on pottery shards by soldiers in Judah close to 2,500 years ago proves that God's Word is true.
"Scholars have long disputed the level of literacy among ancient Israelites. Many believe only the educated — scribes, priests, royalty, and the bureaucracy — were literate and that the general populace was unable to read and write. But Scripture implies that literacy would be a necessity, even among the general populace," AiG's Avery Foley wrote Tuesday in an article for the Young Earth Creationist organization's website.
The discovery in question refers to findings posted in April by Israel's Tel Aviv University, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which indeed suggested that it was not only the elites who could read. more >>
It can't get more heartbreaking than this – a mother cradling her baby in what experts are saying is a mass grave that's about 4,800 years old. The human fossil was unearthed in Taiwan and is part of 48 other sets of remains that prove that there already was a community of humans in the area in and near Taichung at that time.
The discovery was announced by the country's National Museum of Natural Science.
It definitely is a chilling and shocking find, even for archaeologists who have spent most of their lives digging human remains in the earliest history. It is not every day that they stumble upon a find like this, especially if one thinks how the mother didn't want to let go of her child at a certain point when death was inevitable. more >>
Ken Ham, president and founder of Answers in Genesis, took to social media Monday morning to send a message to secularists who criticize Noah's Ark and blame God for all of the world's problems.
Ham is launching The Ark Encounter, a theme park set to open in Kentucky this summer. The main attraction is the largest timber frame structure in the world, replicating Noah's Ark from the Bible. The structure standing at 510 feet long, in accordance with the dimensions specified in the Bible, is getting a lot of attention not only across the United States but around the world.
Along with international interest has come an onslaught of attacks on The Ark Encounter. Ham took to Twitter Monday morning to address those who are trying to discredit the validity of Noah's Ark and who argue that the Bible's account of the great flood is cruel and unjust. more >>