Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 54 – Journey into Blast Zone, Part 2
This is Part 2 of a two-part review. Part 1 can be found here.
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A victory for the Creation Response Team would be a devastating blow to Myles, who is secretly getting commercial sponsors for the Explorer’s Society. To guarantee his own victory, Myles weaves a plan to strand part of the team on top of the dangerous Mount St. Helens. How will the CRT get off the mountain to defeat their competition? (Taken from here.)
The Study Guide for this episode can be found here: jp_vol5_study_guide_epi53-54
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.
While Grandpa Benjamin and the Junior Response Team are up on Mount St Helens trying to get a sample to take for radioisotope dating, they are stranded when their helicopter does not return. They decide to take the long trek downwards and get into a talk about how important the Creation message is. ‘Sadly’ many Christians believe that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, but at the same time believe that God made the world 6ooo years ago.
Miss Meadows of the Explorer’s Society shares her awe and wonder at how quickly Mount St Helens recovered after the 1980 eruption. The area was like ‘the surface of the moon’ – a blast zone. Many predicted that it would take a hundred years to recover, but in only 20 years, the area is once again teeming with life. The Creationists latch on to this idea and say that that was probably what happened after the Flood. The world would have been devastated, but God made it so that the world would be replenished quickly. Jonathan marvels at how loving God is to design it that way. (8:40-12:00)
Jonathan’s words are not logically sound.
The Explorer’s Society and the Creation Response Team battle it out at Mount St Helens’ Spirit Lake. Dr Priest predicts the way the debate is going to go: Dr Park will liken the conditions at Spirit Lake to Yellowstone. The comparison of Spirit Lake to the conditions at Yellowstone were already explored in episode 24. It seems evident that the writer of this episode has taken note of the responses to Creationists’ claim because Dr Priest’s word are not dissimilar to those found here. Dr Park counters Dr Priest’s arguments by basically saying that the evidence at Mount St Helens is enough to cast a huge amount of doubt on the ‘millions of years story’. He claims that only one worldview can be right and he contends that the Biblical worldview is consistent with the worldwide evidence of a flood, and more importantly, the truth of the Scriptures. (17:42-20:22)
Dr Park is wrong – there is NO physical evidence of there ever been a worldwide flood.
The CRT manage to get their sample to the lab for testing in time. The results come back showing that the rocks are very, very old, not too dissimilar to Dr Austin’s results. This proves that radioisotope dating is not reliable. Once again, the writer of this episode has apparently read up on the counter arguments to this particular Creationists’ claim. Dr Park deftly responds to these by saying that Dr Austin worked very carefully. (21:32-23:42)
The CRT wins this week’s round of Battle of the Worldviews. (It’s all about ratings, folks!)
Once again, like the previous episode, it was refreshing to see the ‘evolutionists’ present their arguments and counter arguments to the creationists. As usual, the creationists have the last word and stress the importance of tying it in to the Bible.
It is important to remember that this is not how science is done. ‘Winning’ or ‘losing’ based on popular vote will not do anything to persuade scientific opinion.