Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 59 – The Final Battle, Part 1
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In this final confrontation between the two teams, Shannon’s defiant daughter, Elizabeth, joins their expedition to an exciting dinosaur graveyard in Germany. However, she disobeys her mother when she makes a dangerous journey deep inside the Rammelsberg Mine, propelling both mother and daughter into a fight for survival that will change their family forever.
The Study Guide for this episode can be found here: jp_vol5_study_guide_epi59-60
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.
The Creation Response Team and the Explorer’s Society go to Germany and explore a dinosaur graveyard found in the Harz Mountains.
The main thrust of this episode is to show that dinosaur graveyards are proof of a worldwide flood. Mainstream views (called ‘Evolutionists’ view’ in the program) on dinosaurs and how they became extinct are mentioned only to be dismissed perfunctorily in favour of the Creationist view of a worldwide flood which took place about four thousand years ago.
The fact that many of the bones are disarticulated but well-preserved is used as evidence suggesting a catastrophic event – like a worldwide flood.
Evolutionary theories of how dinosaurs became extinct are briefly mentioned only to be dismissed as problematic and the Flood model is said to make more sense.
The characters claim that there are dinosaur graveyards all over the world and these graveyards indicate a water catastrophe, which in turn would be consistent with a worldwide flood.
The Study Guide mentions three dinosaur graveyards:
(1) Harz Mountains of Germany: Mainstream scientists date the Europasaurus holgeri found here at 150 million years old.
(2) The Ténéré Desert of Nigeria: Mainstream scientists date the Sarcosuchus imperator found here at 112 million years old.
(3) Ghost Ranch, New Mexico: Mainstream scientists date the Coelophysis bauri found here at about 200 million years old.
YEC would date all three to be the same age – about four thousand years old. All three are thought to have been killed in watery conditions, therefore YECists would say that the Flood was responsible for their deaths.
The idea of a worldwide flood is a cornerstone of young-Earth Creationism and young-Earth Creationists attribute many of the geological features that we see today to the Flood. That the Flood is an actual, historical event is simply assumed and taken for granted by the characters in this series. Never mind that there is NO evidence of there ever been a worldwide flood of the magnitude described in the Bible, let alone one that happened about four thousand years ago. In fact, there are problems with a global flood.
According to the Study Guide:
Creationists would propose that Noah’s Flood killed most of the dinosaurs, but Noah would have brought some on the ark along with the other animals.
So the flood would not have been the cause of their extinction. But after the flood, the climate would have changed so dramatically that they many not have been able
to adapt and so became extinct.
There is NO reference given for this bit of information, nor is there any source given where listeners can get more information. As far as I know, YEC do not have a comprehensive Flood model, so this is only one of many proposals.
If Creationists propose that Noah’s Flood killed most of the dinosaurs, does that mean that some dinosaurs died out (became extinct) before the Flood? How many kinds of dinosaurs did Noah bring onto the Ark? According to wikipedia, there are roughly 965 dinosaur genera identified. How many of these are considered Biblical kinds? Are dinosaurs clean or unclean?
A large chunk of the program was spent focusing on Dr Hunt and her family’s problems. It was somewhat exaggerated to highlight the godliness of the Creation Response Team members’ families.
This episode left me with more questions than answers. And no, I don’t think the Answers in Genesis people will do a satisfactory job.