Don't Believe All You Read

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We praise the Lord for all the publicity AiG receives through the media—though sometimes we cringe when we read what we supposedly said! One such example centers around Dr. Terry Mortenson and his recent visit to Minnesota. A local newspaper wrote up an article about Dr. Mortenson’s talks. The article states:

Mortenson presided over a series of talks at Orr and Cook over the weekend aimed at discrediting evolution and defending the Biblical account of creation as described in Genesis. A former missionary, Mortenson works as a lecturer/researcher for Answers In Genesis, a socially conservative religious organization that contends that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

You can read the entire article at:

But here is what Terry said about this article once he read it:

The journalist didn’t listen very carefully or was forced by the watchful influence of his editorial supervisor to in some ways misrepresent what I said or what creationists believe. For example, I never once quoted a fellow creationist. I emphasized with several slides that the original created “kinds” in Genesis 1 were not equivalent to the modern classification of “species.” He painted the Gould quote in a more favorable light than is appropriate—Gould said that transitional fossil forms were “extremely rare”. I didn’t speak on geology or the Grand Canyon in the two lectures this journalist heard on Saturday (I’m not aware that he was in attendance on Sunday night when I spoke on geology and the Flood) and I have never ever said that a volcanic explosion had anything to do with causing the Grand Canyon (nor have AiG staff or any other knowledgeable creationists ever said this).

I did say in the Q&A time when my last biology class was, but the journalist did not mention that I said this in the context of saying that one does not have to be a PhD scientist to learn the arguments to refute Darwinian evolution and defend one’s faith in Genesis and that I said that even without formal training in biology I have had 7 formal debates with evolutionist university professors. Of course, the journalist didn’t do his homework about AiG staff—we have a number of PhD scientists/speakers on staff (in biology, geology, and astronomy)—which he could have easily learned by going to our website. But other than that the article was reasonably accurate. Such reflects the nature of this battle over origins.


When I read a news report on the fossil find of a Sea Monster—I immediately thought of Leviathan in Job 41 (of course we don’t know what specific creature Leviathan was). The report stated:

The fiercest reptile ever to terrorize the oceans has been identified from a fossil on a frozen Arctic island.

The huge pliosaur, dubbed "The Monster" by its discoverers, dated from 150 million years ago and boasted 60 dagger-like teeth the size of cucumbers, which it used to rip chunks out of prey.

You can read the article at:,2933,333509,00.html

When you read this article you will see why I thought of Leviathan:

Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower? Can you put a reed through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you? Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever? Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you leash him for your maidens? Will your companions make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants? Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears? Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle––Never do it again! Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him? No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me? (Job 41: 1-10)

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