Imagine walking to your front door after a jog one morning and you're greeted by a dog with powerful jaws and large teeth, with eyes that reveal the intention to devour you. Well, that kind of stuff is only found in nightmares. But if we were to turn back time, say millions of years ago in an area which is now Maryland, dogs with "bone-crushing" attributes roamed the land.
These ancient dogs were confirmed to have existed in the east coast of the United States after a fossil collector found a fossil. Called the "Cynarctus wangi," the creature is thought to have co-existed with several other mammals including a pre-historic horse, ancient pig species, and a creature that resembles an elephant, per Morning Ticker report.
Of course these dogs have been extinct for a very long time, but the fact that they are speculated to have bone-crushing abilities is something very intriguing and interesting at the same time. The study by the University of Pennsylvania is published in the Journal of Paleontology. more >>
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 nation's largest atheist group is demanding that a Pennsylvania school cancel its planned field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, claiming that such a trip is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Big Beaver Falls Area School District denouncing the field trip, scheduled for May 20. Addressed to District Superintendent Donna Nugent and authored by Madeline Ziegler, the letter labeled the planned trip "unconstitutional" since the Museum "promotes the religious doctrine of creationism."
"Scheduling a trip to this type of sectarian establishment excludes non-Christian and non-religious students," wrote Ziegler to Nugent. "The fact that participation or attendance on this field trip is voluntary is not a valid safeguard, Courts have summarily rejected arguments that voluntariness excuses a constitutional violation." more >>
Creationist Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis organization has offered an answer to the question of whether human morality or knowledge of God came first, looking at the debate through the lens of Scripture.
"The origin of morality and a knowledge of God is a puzzle for evolutionists to explain. But, since we have a different starting point, believers can have sure answers to this question," Ham wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, and linked to an article written by AiG editor Frost Smith.
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the case of an inmate in Nebraska demanding that prison officials accommodate his worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster because it is not a religion but a riposte of intelligent design.
The inmate, Stephen Cavanaugh, who is serving a 4 to 8-year term for assault and weapons charges at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, filed a lawsuit in September 2014 demanding that worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster referred to as "FSMism" be given the same treatment as other established religions.
"I would like a court order mandating that FSMism receive the same rights and privileges afforded to every other religion in the Department of Corrections. I would also like the defendants to be made to pay damages of the $350 filing fee, $5,000,000 pain and suffering and punitive damages," Cavanaugh wrote. more >>
The Ark Encounter theme park, set to open in Kentucky this summer, will answer the most asked questions people have about the story of Noah in the Bible, says Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham.
Describing the coming attraction as "an awe-inspiring massive exhibit," Ham said people have been amazed by the ongoing construction of the life-sized Noah's Ark project.
"Sadly, many people (even in the church) have been exposed to the childish 'bathtub arks' we see in kids' books and on the walls of Sunday school classes and so on that make Noah's Ark seem like nothing more than a cute fairy tale. But once people see the enormity of this Ark structure, they will begin to realize it was a real ship," he wrote in a post on the Answers in Genesis website Monday. more >>