Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 37 – The Return to Iwo Jima, Part 1
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An artifacts thief known as the Jaguar has stolen one of the oldest English writings ever discovered — the Beowulf manuscript. Now it’s up to the Creation Response Team to get it back. But the thief has concealed it in the ultimate hiding spot —the volcanic island of Iwo Jima. Only those granted permission by the Japanese government can access the island once every year. Meanwhile, Myles Morgan, the team’s archenemy, is secretly planning to work against the CRT to swipe the manuscript for his own personal gain! (Taken from here.)
The Study Guide for episodes 37-39 can be found here: jp_vol4_study_guide_epi37-39
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.
Volume 4 kicks off with part of the Creation Response Team in England hunting down the Beowulf manuscript. They are very keen to get their hands on it, because it chronicles the battles of Beowulf, and one of the battles is with a dragon. They feel that this is one of the proofs they need to show that dragons really existed, that they are really dinosaurs and that they co-existed with man.
Unlike previous reviews, I have decided to not go into too much detail topically. Much of the information presented here has been mentioned and addressed in previous reviews, and to address them again would be too tedious and time-consuming.
This episode focused on dinosaurs. According to young-Earth Creationists, a literal reading of the Bible would show that all animals and man were created on Day 6 of Creation Week. This means that dinosaurs and man lived together. According to mainstream science, dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago, while modern man came on the scene about 200,000 years ago. Man and dinosaurs never lived together.
Young-earth Creationists try to prove that dinosaurs and man co-existed by relying on myths and dragon legends from around the world. YECs claim that these dragons mentionedwere real creatures and are probably dinosaurs. The fact that there are so many legends from around the world seems to suggest that these creatures really existed and that they interacted with man.
A closer look at dragon legends will reveal that not all dragons are the same nor do they have the same temperament. Generally speaking, dragons can be categorised into the European dragon and the Chinese dragon. The former is seen as cruel and malevolent whereas its Chinese counterpart is seen as lucky and benevolent. More about dragons can be found here.
Myths, legends and folklore abound everywhere. That they contain similar creatures is not proof that these creatures are real. Fairies, ghosts, monsters, etc, are also common elements in many stories and legends, but I don’t see YECs claiming that such creatures really exist.
Secondly, IF humans and dinosaurs lived together, as YECs claim, then we should see human fossils and dinosaur fossils together. But, we don’t. There is a 64-million-year gap in the fossil record where there are no dinosaur fossils or human fossils to be found. If dinosaurs and man lived together we would expect to find fossils of both together, or, at least, not such a big gap between the two.
Another ‘proof’ that YECs like to use as evidence that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time is petroglyphs. YECs claim that these petroglyphs are found all over the world. Since many of these show drawings of what look like dinosaurs, it is strong evidence that people saw these creatures, ie, dinosaurs and humans co-existed.
The Study Guide says that petroglyphs are drawings or carvings made on rocks made by people living a long time ago. This is not correct. Petroglyphs are carvings in rocks and should not be confused with pictographs which are drawn or painted images.
Secondly, no mention is made of what is meant by ‘a long time ago’. The earliest known petroglyphs date to 12,000 years old. This is older than YECs’ reckoning of the age of the earth. How old do YECs think these petroglyphs are? Were they made before the Flood or after? If before, why do these petroglyphs show no sign of water damage? If after, how long after the Flood? These are questions which I have not seen an answer to from the YECs.
The adventure story was a little hard to believe; it is full of action, intrigue and really bad English accents. The Americans’ pronunciation of jaguar (JAG-wahyuhr) was also a little strange to my ears. The characters have communicator watches that are strong enough to send and pick up messages across the Atlantic plus a host of other similarly sophisticated gadgets! Still, little kids might find it fun and interesting. (I don’t expect the walkie-talkie watches that Vision Forum sells to actually work that well.) At the end of the episode, the characters discover that they need to go to Iwo Jima and that they need to get special permission from the Japanese government to do so. They are going to have to pull some strings.
Of much more serious concern is the indoctrination with sweet voices and soft background music. We are reminded of the Creation story as told in Genesis 1 and told that that means that dinosaurs and man lived together. The evolution story is wrong because it doesn’t fit the Bible.