Dinosaurs in the Tree House

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by Dale Mason on September 16, 2011

What’s available is what kids will use to explain their faith to friends.

He was barely eight but all boy. To him it was all so natural. To me, it was just so cool.

I’m talking about my only son, the little brother of three older, doting sisters. While the girls played with girl stuff, Taylor turned every cardboard core of a paper towel roll into a gun, piled leaves just to mess them up, and scampered up trees as quickly as those black squirrels in our wooded backyard.

Dale Mason

Dale Mason, Publisher

We’d recently moved across the country and were still adjusting, but he’d already made a friend. Our corner lot provided them with a boy’s dream: a tree house, complete with a trapdoor that could be closed to keep girls out!

This beautiful autumn day, he and his new friend were in their hideout. In addition to aiming twig “rifles” at the chipmunks, Taylor had brought a book for them to explore, about one of his favorite subjects. Dinosaurs!

But as Taylor read aloud the biblical version, his friend scrunched his nose and started asking questions.

“What, God created dinosaurs? Dinosaurs were in the Garden of Eden? On Noah’s Ark? They’re actually in the Bible? But my schoolbooks say the dinosaurs died millions of years ago.”

In secular museums, books, and films, “dinosaurs” and “millions of years” often appear in the same breath, as though they are synonymous. This magazine issue dispels that misconception and shows how God’s Word gives us a completely different (and more plausible) explanation of dinosaurs’ place in earth history. The Bible must be the foundation for our understanding in every area, even fossils!

Ken Ham, President/CEO, Answers in Genesis–USA

The questions kept coming, the boys kept reading, and Taylor kept explaining. When his friend’s mom called for supper, the wide-eyed boy reluctantly opened the trapdoor and started down the ladder, but pled for them to read this book and the Bible next time!

This week, my wife commented about that day, well over a decade ago. “What’s available is what kids will use to explain their faith to friends.”

That’s so true. We carefully selected that dinosaur book and other books and videos. Taylor used them to reach out to his new friend, who has become a lifelong friend. Even after we moved three states away, he calls or texts questions about the Bible and the world. And Taylor listens and shares.

To him it is just so natural. To me, it is just so cool!

All for Him,

Dale T. Mason, Publisher

P.S. The four dinosaur articles in this issue should provoke lots of discussion among adults and children who have never heard the biblical perspective. Also, Kids Answers can be read with a child you love. Then you can give it to them, so they can keep reading and perhaps even share it with a friend. Remember “What’s available is what kids will use to share their faith.”

Answers Magazine

October – December 2011

Answers magazine has decided to do some myth-busting. This issue will examine some of the most popular myths about the dinosaurs and how they died. Along the way, you’ll learn some other cool facts about these amazing creatures—quick, can you name the smallest kind of dinosaur? We will also examine some serious contemporary issues, such as the increase of biblical compromise in homeschool materials and the dangers of the new leader in “theistic evolution,” known as the BioLogos Foundation.

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