Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 36 – The Wilderness Express, Part 2

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Plot Summary:

While researching the un-fossilized bones of a dinosaur in Alaska, a well-known creation geologist mysteriously disappears. Now the Creation Response Team must travel deep into the heart of the untamed wilderness, and bring him back home — but someone is thwarting the team’s every effort. (Taken from here.)

The Study Guide for this and the previous episode can be found here: jp_vol3_study_guide_epi35-36

Topics in this episode:

  • Polar Bears
  • Caribou
  • Dogs
  • Kinds

Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries.  Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’.  [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.

Topics in this episode

Issues

Polar Bears

The Story: Some brief information about polar bears is given.  Some of the information is in the Study Guide.  Polar bears are an example of adaptation designed by God. The polar bear came from an original bear-kind; so he was designed by the Creator to adapt to his environment in Alaska. (4:23-5:42)

The Facts: You can read up on polar bears here.

The program once again only provides information that is in harmony with (their interpretation of) the Word of God.

The oldest known polar bear fossil is a 130,000 to 110,000-year-old jaw bone, found on Prince Charles Foreland in 2004.  This is well and truly outside of YECists’ timeline; YECists believe that the whole universe is only abou 6,000 years old.

My questions for the YEC:

(1) How old do YECists say this polar bear fossil is?

(2) How long after Creation did polar bears first appear?  Was it before or after the Flood?

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Caribou

The Story: The guys talk about caribou.  The information spouted in this section of the program can be found in the Study Guide.  Jonathan says, ‘Another animal who’s been wonderfully designed by God!’ (9:43-10:32)

The Facts: Caribou are also known as reindeer and you can read more about them here.

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Dogs

The Story: The guys talk about the sled dogs in particular and a bit about dogs in general. Only dogs that have the strength, endurance and speed can be proper sled dogs. This ties in with the genetic variety that God has already programmed into the animals.  There are so many breeds of dogs and they all have special abilities.

How did we get so many varieties?  Well, some dogs have varied naturally over time and others have been specially bred by mankind. And there are some where people have actually used science to genetically alter their information. But they are all still dogs.  Not once has a dog changed into a new kind of animal. (16:20-17:11)

The Facts: You can read more about dogs here on wikipedia, or anywhere else.  This is such a broad topic, I am sure there is a plethora of information out there.

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Kinds

The Story: Not once has a dog changed into a new kind of animal. It’s like the Creator has put a border on the amount of change that can happen. And that goes well with the Genesis account when it says that animals can only reproduce according to their kind. (17:11-17:40)

In the Study Guide, it says that ‘kinds’ is different from ‘species’.

Where does baramin fit in?

Where does baramin fit in?

The Facts: The YECist term for ‘kind’ is baramin and the field of study is called baraminology.

While YECists do accept mainstream science’s biological classification (see Figure), they have come up with their own term of baramin.  Exactly what constitutes a  baramin, or how it fits into the biological classification  is not clear.  Some YECists say that when the Bible talks about ‘kinds’, it could refer to Genus; some say that it could refer to Family.

It is important to note that baraminology is considered a pseudoscience by the mainstream scientific community.

Here is what Carl Drews, a Theistic Evolutionist, has to say about ‘Biblical Kinds’.

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Conclusion

This is the last episode of Volume 3.  It’s hard to believe that there are, at this point, four more volumes.

There really was not much science in this episode at all.  The Study Guide is there, but the information there is not in the same order as in the programs and, indeed, is sometimes found under the wrong episode heading.  For example, salmon was discussed in Episode 35, but appears under Episode 36 in the Study Guide.  This, of course is a small matter, and probably not too troublesome for most people.  The information is also in imperial measurements, which may be a bit annoying for people who operate on Metric (this pretty much means everyone other than US Americans in non-science related fields!), but we make do with what we can.

The adventure story was too weird.  Many parts were cartoon-like, with the characters called to help out someone in need with their special gadgets and instruments.  It reminded me of those 1980s TV shows.  Young children might find this appealing.

Once again, the factual information is freely available on the internet.  Or, if you don’t like the internet, read it up in a science book or encyclopedia. Or, watch a science documentary. If it is adventure you’re after, go watch MacGyver. It’ll be much more entertaining.

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