And YOU can make it happen!
I don’t mean to sound like a skeptical version of Harold Camping. Indeed, I was quite surprised when I discovered the fatal fragility of Christianity. It must be true though–a creationist says so.
I have been attempting to read Darek Isaacs‘ book Dragons or Dinosaurs? Creation or Evolution?* Woo Hoo, two question marks in one title: you know it’s going to be good. I mean it’s clear that he is keeping an open mind and will consider all the evidence before deciding the answers to these questions. Wait, what’s that in his author bio?
He is the President and Founder of Watchmen 33, an organization that is focused on defending and confirming the authority of the Bible. Darek maintains that the great mysteries of human existence are only answered through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
I’m finding this book difficult to get through because Isaacs employs a bombastic rhetorical style that, if anything, is even more painful than Bodie Hodge’s semi-literate ramblings. An example:
From this summit [“the Mount of Dragons”], I cannot recant the truth of dragons in the Scriptures. I am not ashamed of the Bible, its words, its meanings, and its assertions. So, to the temporary hope of secularists, and to the anxiety-riddled, uninformed Church, I will shine a spotlight for all to see that the Bible speaks of dragons as real.
Yet, there is such a beautiful thing about illumination. Light chases away the darkness. Light reveals all that is visible, and nothing concealed by the dark can remain in such a state. So now, what if, when a tiny flame is sparked, we catch a pair of glimmering reptilian eyes staring back at us? (p. 2)
He flits from metaphor to metaphor and conceit to conceit like a…giant flitting thing. He begins one paragraph by saying, “But let us carry that note and add the orchestra” (p. 3). You might think that he is continuing a musical metaphor from the previous paragraph. Nope, that’s a brand-spanking new metaphor. The previous paragraph asserts that Christianity is built on a foundation of dragons and will collapse if those dragons prove mythical:
Dragons were either real, or they were not. The Bible, on that fact, is either deemed an irresponsible myth in its full breadth, or it contains a vast treasure of human knowledge–knowledge that outpaces the high ivory towers of modern academia to this day. (p. 3)
Yup, those are the only two possibilities. Even more astonishing is this revelation:
These dragons, if unfounded and unreal, shall be most unforgiving. They would inevitably force Christianity, and all of its “baggage” to fade into oblivion before the next dawn. (p. 2)
Holy crap! If we can prove that dragons aren’t and never were real, Christianity will disappear over night. Get on it, people: by the time I get up tomorrow, I expect to find that Christianity is a distant memory. Then on Thursday and Friday, we can take care of Judaism and Islam. It shouldn’t be too difficult: once one of the Abrahamic religions has fallen, the others should follow pretty quickly, especially since the creationist dragon/dino hypothesis depends primarily on the Old Testament rather than the New. Then, just for a change of pace, we can take down Hinduism over the weekend.
MWAHAHAHAHA, foolish Creationist, you should not have revealed to us that Christianity’s Achilles’ Heal was dragons. Who knew it would be so easy to destroy a major world religion?
*Tragically, I have the version without the DVD.
I wonder if this fool has any idea that the “Dragons” in the bible are related to ancient Babylonian primodial dieties Tiamat and Kirgu?
I just can’t get over how clueless these people are. Is his belief system so fragile that he can’t deal with metaphor in texts and different sorts of “truth”?
I would bet my lungs this guy couldnt even spell Babylonian. Tiamat and Kirgu? Keep hopin and a wishin
Well, naturally the book doesn’t have an index (or a bibliography, though there are endnotes after each chapter), and I’ve taken a break to read less stupid books, but thumbing through, I have seen no mention Tiamat or pre-Old Testament mythology. In the Bodie Hodge/Laura Welch creationist dragon book I wrote about before, they leave out Marduk and Tiamat, even though they include a dragon timeline.
These sort of books do reveal both fervency and a strange fragility of faith. On the one hand, his faith could be shattered by a comparatively unimportant biblical point (the existence of dragons). On the other hand, that’s not going to happen because he’s going to stick his fingers in his ears and say, “Lalalala, I can’t hear you! Of course dragons are real!” You should hear him rail against Christians who don’t take dragons seriously and modern translations of the Bible that use a word other than “dragon” where he wants a dragon.
Daily Mash: Shakespeare was an alien, says Emmerich
“ROLAND Emmerich says his new film will prove that William Shakespeare was a 300-foot alien.
In Emmerich’s new documentary Doom Globe, Elizabeth I, played by Scarlett Johansson, needs a brooding tragedy on the themes of revenge, madness and mortality within 48 hours or Hampton Court will be blown up by the CGI playwright, voiced by Vin Diesel …”
what the. I meant to put that on the Shakespeare post! I’ll just try again …
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