Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 47 – The Descent from Sandia Peak, Part 1

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Plot Summary:

Myles Morgan has consistently foiled the efforts of the Creation Response Team. Now is their chance to turn the tables as they track the Beowulf manuscript to the Sandia Mountains. But the situation becomes critical when the towering Sandia tram breaks down, leaving Angela, Martha, and Ryan dangling above the mountains, and Angela goes into premature labor. Their only hope for rescue lies in the hands of Jonathan, Jessie, and three old adversaries — Simon, Marvin, and Vinnie! Will they descend the peak victorious?

Topics in this episode:

  • Biomes
  • Forest Fires
  • Monarch Butterflies (and Random Chance!)
  • Hummingbirds
  • Roadrunners

The Study Guide for episodes 47-48 can be found here: jp_vol4_study_guide_epi47-48


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.



This episode of Jonathan Park sees the Creation Response Team on the trail of their nemesis, Myles Morgan, hoping to recapture the Beowulf manuscript and return it to the British Museum.  At the same time, Myles Morgan is tracking their every move. A couple of subplots are interwoven around this including Jamal being tempted by Myles Morgan to work for him and the three ‘dumb criminals’ – Simon, Marvin and Vinnie – meeting up with the Creation Response Team again.  Will the Creation Response Team catch on to all that is happening and prevail?  (Hint: There are seven volumes and this is only volume 4!)



The Story:

In the discussion about the world’s ecosystems, a brief mention is made of C. Hart Merriam who developed the idea of life zones to classify biomes.  The Sandia Mountains’ biomes are mentioned.  The ‘lesson’ ends with Jamal’s father saying, ‘The amazing thing is that the Creator has made animals that fit perfectly into each one of these ecosystems. The plants, animals, and  trees all work together to make each zone unique.’ (3:17-5:00)  The information can be found in the Study Guide so I won’t repeat it here.

Some questions for the YECist:

(1) When did these biomes appear, according to YECists?  Did they exist from the beginning, or did they come about after the Flood?

(2) Were these various plants and animals created like that from the Beginning?  Or, did they adapt after migrating?  I’m guessing some of them must have adapted, since animals were all together at first in the Garden of Eden and I doubt there were that many different ecosystems in the one garden.

So, these animals and plants must have gone through some extremely rapid adaptation and speciation to get to the level of variety that we have today!

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Forest Fires

The Story: Forest fires was another topic that was explored in this episode.  Again, the information is in the Study Guide so I won’t mention it here.  After talking about how forest fires are actually beneficial, Dr Park concludes with, ‘God has thought of everything.’ (5:55-7:30)

Some questions for the YECist:

The facts are correct, but it raises questions when placed under a YEC framework.

(1) Forest fires result in death of plants and animals. Were forest fires part of God’s original plan?

(2) Were there forest fires in the Garden? Were there forest fires outside the Garden?

(3) How many types of trees were there at the Beginning?  Do trees have ‘kinds’ like animals?

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Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

The Story: Nine-months-pregnant Angela whines petulantly and says that she wishes she could go watch the Monarch butterflies’ migration through Sandia. Once again, the factual information is contained in the Study Guide (placed under the next episode’s section!), so I won’t talk about it here. Angela and Dr Park talk about how wonderful the Monarch butterfly is and then Dr Park delivers this whopper: How sad that evolutionists believe that it happened by random chance mistakes, instead of acknowledging the Creator’s ability! (8:50-10:39)

The Facts: Once AGAIN, the idea that evolution is a random chance process is touted.  This is a misconception that gets repeated over and over in the episodes and in the Study Guides.  And every time it is mentioned, listeners would do well to remind themselves that evolution is NOT a random, chance process.

Dr Park makes the mistaken assumption that ‘evolutionists’ and Creationists are mutually exclusive.  This is incorrect.  Evolution and Creation can co-exist in models such as Theistic Evolution and Evolutionary Creationism.

More about the Monarch butterfly.

Some questions for the YECist:

(1) Were there Monarch butterflies from the Beginning, or did they break off from an earlier ‘kind’?

(2) Migratory Monarch butterflies are found in the Americas while non-migratory Monarchs are found in parts of Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.  When did they migrate there?

(3) Were there Monarch butterflies on the Ark?  How long was their life span and if it is similar to their lifespan now (only a few months), how many generations of butterflies were there on the Ark?

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The Story:

Vinnie tells Marvin and Simon about the hummingbird.  The information is in the Study Guide (under the next episode’s section).

Vinnie concludes by saying that it sure looks like the hummingbird was designed.


Some questions for the YEC:

The facts are correct, but it raises questions when placed under a YEC framework.

(1) According to wikipedia, there are between 325 and 340 species of hummingbirds. Did all these species exist from the Beginning or did all these species break off from an original hummingbird ‘kind’ or another ‘kind’?

(2)  How many were on the ark?  Two or seven or seven pairs?  What did they eat while on the Ark?

(3) Hummingbirds today are found in the Americas. After emerging from the Ark, how long did it take for hummingbirds to migrate to and adapt to their various biomes and repopulate?

Are there any Creation Scientists studying this and tying it in with Creationism?

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"Beep, beep!"

“Beep, beep!”

The Story: Jamal tells his father as much as he can about the roadrunner.  The information that is spouted is found in the Study Guide (under the next episode’s section).

Some questions for the YEC:

The facts are correct, but it raises questions when placed under a YEC framework.

(1) Roadrunners are found in the deserts of southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.  When did they migrate there?

(2) Did roadrunners have their features before they went to live where they are now, or did these features come about as they adapted to their environment?

(3) Roadrunners today are omnivores. Since no death occurred before the Fall, when did they become omnivores?  Before or after the Flood?

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This episode focused on some of the animals and environmental features found in the New Mexico area. The presentation was somewhat formulaic and predictable: mention a topic, give information on said topic in an awed manner, conclude that it ‘must’ have been Designed because it just could not have happened by random, chance processes.  Oh, and how sad for evolutionists – people who lead purposeless lives! It was extremely disappointing – but not overly surprising – to come across this attitude yet again.

The series is good as a launching pad to learn more about the topics mentioned.  In fact, I would strongly encourage all listeners to read up more. However, in researching more on said subjects, the listener needs to be prepared to be faced with problems when one is forced to place the information found into a young-Earth framework.  Oh, I forgot.  The Study Guide (hardcopy) specifically says to find out more from Creation resources. Silly me – I’ve been looking up mainstream-science sources!

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About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011, in Jonathan Park, Young Earth Creationism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Would people stop flaming the JP series? Sure JP WAS better at the beginning but it´s still an great resource for learning, I knew more than my teacher! And they don´t serve the info cold, but pakced with totally awesome action scenes and twists! So either enjoy the radio drama or go find something else!


  2. The information contained in the JP series is sometimes incorrect.


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