Nonfiction Books for LDS Readers

With the Christmas gift-giving season approaching, I offer the following three nonfiction books that I have written, each of them about evidences for non-extinct pterosaurs, what many Westerners call “pterodactyls.”

Before getting into the differences between these cryptozoology books, let me be clear: Not one of them was written entirely for an LDS audience. Even the one that has the most references to Mormon beliefs and perspectives, Searching for Ropens and Finding God (fourth edition)—that nonfiction is highly praised, on Amazon, by readers who appear to be non-LDS Christians, although it is sometimes unclear, from the Amazon reader-review comments, what religious beliefs they have. In short, SFRFG can be enjoyed by many readers, except for some atheists who are sometimes vocal to support their atheism.

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Three cryptozoology book: Live Pterosaurs in America, Modern Pterosaurs, and Searching for Ropens and Finding God

Three nonfiction books that can be enjoyed and understood by LDS readers

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Does the Existence of Modern Pterosaurs Support Christian Beliefs?

I’ll paraphrase what some skeptics have said: “The existence of a living pterosaur would not disprove evolution.” Are those skeptics right or wrong there? Yes and very much so. But how they’re right is less important, and relevant and how they’re wrong is more so.

In a broad perspective, the reality of modern non-extinct pterosaurs is more in harmony with a belief in the Flood of Noah, with preservation of species on the Ark, than it is with the origin philosophy of Charles Darwin. In a narrow sense, the official scientific discovery of one species of pterosaur would not necessarily disrupt popular teachings about the general theory of evolution, yet the reality of decades of eyewitness sighting reports, and many years of research on those reports, show us that a number of species of pterosaurs are very much non-extinct. That is something else.

Searching for Ropens and Finding God (4th edition)

My largest nonfiction, at 360 pages, is more about true-life adventure than religion. I added “and finding God” to the title of later editions because so many atheists were becoming offended at passages that promoted faith in God and belief in the Bible. The revised title helps non-religious readers avoid purchasing the book by mistake when they assume it is only about cryptozoology.

cryptozoology book about living pterosaurs

The quest for discovering modern pterosaurs

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Most readers are not offended by the limited references to religious beliefs in SFRFG. I don’t recall any non-LDS reader being offended by any reference to my Mormon faith. Most of the religious promotion is for believing in the Bible and acting on that faith. In fact, it has more references to Baptists than to Mormons, at least when one looks up those two faiths in the index.

I recommend SFRFG, fourth edition, as a Christmas gift for both LDS and non-LDS readers, for it shows how explorers and researchers of different Christian faiths can work together in a common cause.

The following are some online sellers of Searching for Ropens and Finding God:

Amazon cryptozoology nonfiction

Fly above common true-life adventures, and dive into what may become the most unsettling scientific discovery since Copernicus and Galileo . . .

Barnes & Noble – “Flying Dinosaurs”

The quest for discovering modern pterosaurs

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Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition)

This paperback of 154 pages is less of a cross-genre than Searching for Ropens and Finding God: It’s mostly pure nonfiction cryptozoology. The eyewitness sightings are confined almost entirely to the 48 Contiguous States of the USA, but oh how broad are those encounters with extraordinary flying creatures!

small pile of copies of the cryptozoology book "Live Pterosaurs in America"

Flying creatures of cryptozoology – Pterosaurs

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This third edition of LPA, which I self-published in 2011, is not anything like a complete collection of eyewitness accounts of possible pterosaurs in the USA. The more-credible reports are given more attention, and some of them are compared with each other, showing similarities in descriptions of the flying creatures.

Live Pterosaurs in America can be a delightful gift book for many readers, LDS or not, and many readers have been satisfied with a reasonably short reading on a subject that they had never before encountered.

Amazon – pterodactyls or flying dinosaurs

Many scientists have long assumed all pterosaurs died millions of years ago. Now take a whirlwind tour of many years of investigations in cryptozoology, and prepare for a shock: At least two species of pterosaurs have survived, uncommon, not so much rare as widely, thinly distributed.

Books a Million – Pterosaurs not extinct

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Modern Pterosaurs (published in 2017)

This differs from the other two cryptozoology paperbacks about these flying creatures. Modern Pterosaurs has eyewitness reports, but they’re secondary, to support the main point: an old photograph that includes a pterosaur right in the photo.

"Modern Pterosaurs" shows how credible is the Ptp photograph of a living pterosaur

Modern Pterosaurs – by Jonathan Whitcomb

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This is the shortest of the three paperbacks, at 116 pages. I’ll quote a few sentences from the second page of the Introduction:

Why don’t we dive into the Ptp photograph in the first chapter? After all, it’s the main subject of the book. . . . You need to know what people have been encountering around the world, before you can see clearly what’s in the Ptp photo. Once you know what’s been flying overhead, what people around the world have been encountering, you’ll be better prepared to see and understand the details in Ptp. You should then appreciate what has always been available to those with eyes to see.

I offer this book as a collection of evidences for the authenticity of the Ptp photo, not as if it were, by itself, proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the apparent Pteranodon must have been a pterosaur living in the 19th century but as an overall preponderance of evidence that a modern pterosaur was indeed photographed in the 19th century.

Createspace – Human encounters with living “pterodactyls”

First edition – This fully supports the literal Flood of Noah in the Bible, although the genre is nonfiction cryptozoology.

Barnes & Noble – Modern Pterosaurs

Now two scientists share their astonishing discovery: This is a genuine photograph of an actual animal that appears to have been a modern pterosaur . . .

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Please contact me with any comments or questions: Jonathan Whitcomb

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Nonfiction books by an LDS Author

Whitcomb’s book is nicknamed the “Bible of modern pterosaurs”

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LDS Nonfiction?

Is the fourth edition of Searching for Ropens and Finding God especially for Mormon readers or is it for Christians in general or is it for nonfiction cryptozoology readers? I would say yes to all the above, yet parts of this book may be easier to understand when read by LDS readers.

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The Truth About Living Pterosaurs

By the author of four nonfiction books on living pterosaurs: Jonathan D. Whitcomb

Fireworks to be Avoided

Last month I spent half an hour with two friends, Juan and Manuel, as we stood in a vacant lot in Draper, Utah, at night, staring at the sky. The man living in the house near where I had parked my car came out to ask us, in a friendly tone, if we were watching the fireworks. (In the Salt Lake Valley, we have fireworks twice in July: Independence Day and Pioneer Day.)

I answered with a friendly tone, telling him that we had permission, from the property owner, to be there. I came to the point but slowly. Most parents feel uncomfortable when their children report three men standing outside the bedroom window at night and those men then explain that they’re only watching the sky to see if a large pterodactyl flies overhead. I felt it best to begin by telling him that a nocturnal predator had been reported in the area. He had no reason to doubt that, as I carried a camera and was standing not far from his kids’ bedroom window.

Twelve hours earlier, my wife and I had introduced Juan and Manuel to the property owner, the grandmother who lives next door to the vacant lot (and next door to the small house with children). Her daughter and grandson had seen the flying creature earlier in 2017, and her son had seen it a few weeks earlier than that. In fact, that brother and uncle to the other two eyewitnesses had seen the glowing “pterodactyl” three times in one night, and he reported to me and my wife that he knew of a friend of the family who had apparently seen the same flying creature, at about the same time he had, but near the mountains, around southeastern Sandy, Utah. That makes four eyewitnesses in that area of the Salt Lake Valley, with five sightings.

Nevertheless, I needed to approach the subject carefully, as I explained to the father why my two friends and I were standing in that vacant lot that night. I could not tell him that he might be the only person in his neighborhood who had not seen a giant pterodactyl flying overhead.

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A nocturnal pterosaur was seen near this creek in Draper, Utah

Creek: Draper, Utah, near where three persons saw a pterosaur in 2017

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Standing with a camera, near the bedroom window of the man’s children, however, I needed to give more details about the apparent nocturnal predator. Within a few minutes, I would learn that the man had reason to believe me: Earlier that year, something had broken into his chicken cage and killed two of the birds, not far from where we stood.

Yet I still needed to approach cautiously the point of what kind of creature it might be. I mentioned the name of the eyewitness who was the son of the property owner, pointing in the direction of where that man lives, and the father recognized the name. I would soon learn that the man I was talking with, outside that bedroom window that night, was a biologist: He would recognize the word pterosaur.

I generally don’t expect anyone to promptly adopt my belief in modern pterosaurs, unless I’m interviewing an eyewitness of an apparent living pterosaur; I do expect people to come to know that I believe in those flying creatures. The father I spoke with on that night, outside that bedroom window, however, raised no objection to my being there. He told me he was a biologist, and I handed him a complementary copy of my book Searching for Ropens and Finding God. It all ended well, except that I failed to see the flying creature that night. Yet, like in all the other searches I had conducted over the past fourteen years, I was able to encounter the most fascinating kind of life on the planet: a human.

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Nonfiction Books by Mormons

Brother Whitcomb is perhaps the only LDS cryptozoologist to search for living pterosaurs and interview eyewitnesses of these amazing flying creatures . . .

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Mormon Author

Greg McKeown has spoken to some of the most successful companies in the world, including Apple, Google and Facebook. He is the author of a New York Times Best-Seller. He recently appeared on “The Steve Harvey Show.” He’s also a Mormon bishop.

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Living Pterosaurs

  • “Big Bird” in Draper, Utah
  • Living Pterosaurs and Skepticism
  • A Reply to an Attack Against the Pterosaur Photograph
  • Scott Norman and the “Pterodactyl” Photograph
  • Book About the Pteranodon Photograph
  • More Evidence for the “Civil War Pterodactyl Photo”
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Flying creature of the night

You have seen a flying creature unlike any bird or bat. It’s more like a pterosaur but alive, a “flying dinosaur.” What do you do?

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A New Sacrament Hymn

from a cruise ship in the Caribbean

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Earlier this month, I wrote four verses of a hymn for which I altered an old hymn tune (I revised the text from August 18th-Aug 25, 2017). I consider the following to possibly be appropriate for use in an LDS sacrament meeting, perhaps by a ward choir.

We Remember the Savior

By witness of the Spirit
I know my Father lives
He sent a willing Savior
To witness of their love
That we may share that love

The Light and Life descended
To make our hearts as one
He wants us to remember
The God who gave a Son
The well-beloved Son

Let not your heart be troubled
The risen Savior lives
He gives us life eternal
When He shall come again
And we shall live again

O God, Eternal Father,
We do remember Him
And witness we are willing
Our covenant fulfilling:
To remember Him

The music is an alteration of “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” The original version of the music was written by Albert Peace, not long after the original words were written (1882) by George Matheson. The copyright notice refers, of course, to the words. If anyone wants permission to use this hymn, feel free to contact me with the request.

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Whitcomb wrote the words of this sacrament hymn in August of 2017

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Easter Verses

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The Pteranodon Photo and Religion

An old photograph has been bouncing around the internet for quite some time, with many persons giving it a careless glance but very few indeed examining it closely and with an open mind. In the first few months of 2017, however, that changed.

The “pterodactyl” photo called “Ptp”

Beware of confusing this with a known hoax. Ptp is not the same photo that was created to promote the Haxan Films television show Freakylinks, around the year 2000. Compare the two of them side by side:

Comparing a hoax-photo with a genuine old photo

See for yourself: hoax versus original photo (click on them)

The older photograph, that was used as a model for the newer fake-photo, has been verified as authentic by two scientists, including the physicist Clifford Paiva, from California. Skeptical remarks about the soldiers have been answered and those careless criticisms have been exposed in the new nonfiction book Modern Pterosaurs.

The Flood of Noah and extant pterosaurs

Religion is related to the “Pteranodon” photograph that is now called “Ptp,” but those skeptical comments from critics who assume extreme bias in all Christian supporters of living-pterosaur investigations—those critical comments are incorrect. Paiva and I have looked carefully at this photo, with an open mind about various possibilities of hoaxing. Ptp has survived the close scrutiny extremely well.

How does an extant pterosaur in the 19th century relate to the Flood of Genesis? If it were only one species of extremely rare pterosaur, one photo by itself would give quite limited support for a literal Flood of Noah, but there’s much more. More than two types of these featherless flying creatures still live on our wonderful planet, and although they appear to be nocturnal (or at least mostly so), their overall existence is not very rare or confined to only one remote area.

Eyewitness reports come from at least five continents, confirming that pterosaurs are seen by countless persons worldwide. The most common type resembles what would be expected of an extant Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur: It has a long tail with a flange at the end of the tail. The type seen in Ptp, however, is not as common: an apparent Pteranodon or at least a similar Pterodactyloid.

How does that support the literal interpretation of the Flood of Genesis? Although the great majority of pterosaur species appear to be extinct, both major types are still flying overhead at night, in many areas of the world. Although they are uncommon, extant representatives support the concept that the fossils are not nearly as old as many persons have assumed. They have not evolved feathers, nor have enormous changes in anatomy taken place. Since so many recent extinctions have been seen to have come from human interference, we can easily imagine that at least some pterosaur species met a similar fate. The existence of both major types of pterosaur supports a literal Flood of Noah.

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Dinosaur Extinction

Consider the following direct evidence for the authenticity of the “pterodactyl photograph” and its significance. Earlier this year (2017), the physicist Cliff Paiva and I independently examined belt buckles on those soldiers in Ptp. We both came to the same conclusion: The soldier that appears to be standing in front of the animal is indeed closer to the camera than the other soldiers.

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Civil War Pteranodon photo

. . . a scientist (Clifford Paiva, a physicist) has found a number of evidences for the authenticity of the image of the apparent Pteranodon in the older Ptp photo.

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Civil War pterosaur photo

Do not Confuse two Photographs

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Pterodactyl in a Civil War photograph

Years ago, a scientist in California began noticing details in a photograph, clues that the image of an apparent modern pterosaur was genuine. On January 14, 2017, I spoke with Clifford Paiva (a physicist) by phone. We agreed that the photo (now labeled “Ptp”) has a genuine photographic image of a modern pterosaur.

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Easter Verses

These two verses (numbered #1 and #2) are actually the third and fourth verses of my hymn “Through my Savior.” Since they’re in the spirit of Easter, I submit them here:

Verse 1

Now in the morning of shadow waning,
Like when the light of morning filled a tomb,
Grant us forgiveness: both giving, gaining;
Fill us with light: Dispel avenging gloom.
Once in a garden, the blood was dropping;
Once on a cross, the voice of mercy said,
“Oh, my Father, forgive my brother;
I forgive him with the blood I shed.”

Verse 2

Through thine Anointed, we seek forgiveness,
Grasping thy mercy, casting off our sin,
Through our election of his atonement,
Touching Perfection, cleansing us within.
Though opposition may feign to hinder,
Like thine Anointed we begin to be.
Oh my Father, I now remember:
My Redeemer gave his life for me;
Through my Savior, I come to thee.

Some of this is symbolic. Notice the reference to the New Testament healing of the woman who touched the hem of the clothing of Jesus:

touching the hem of the garment of Jesus

Touching Perfection, cleansing us within

Of course we need to apply that in a little different way in our own lives. We need to approach the Savior in our prayers to received his healing influence, yet the healing we usually most need is spiritual.

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Forgiveness – A Song Verse Explained

When is the “morning of shadow waning?” The dispelling of this particular shadow refers to attaining forgiveness, both forgiving and receiving forgiveness, so the particular “morning” is unique to each of us. In fact many of us may be enlightened by many such mornings in our lifetimes, moments when we forgive another person or when someone forgives himself or herself, or moments when we accept forgiveness from another person.

Images of Christ

We each have a mental picture of what we think the Savior looks like. But if we painted pictures of Him, they would all be different. We don’t really know what He looks like, but we can come to know His perfect love for us and draw closer to Him . . .

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Pornography Avoidance

The best approach to disease is to avoid catching it. Likewise our best choice regarding pornography is to avoid it as much as possible. In a world in which filth can sometimes invade our field of view, however, what about those times when we have been exposed against our will? A number of protections are available even in those conditions.

A General Conference Talk

In the April-2014 General Conference, Linda Reeves (Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) mentioned one condition from an experience in her family:

Many years ago one of our children was noticeably distressed. I stepped into her bedroom, where she opened up her heart and explained to me that she had been at a friend’s home and had accidentally seen startling and disturbing images and actions on the television between a man and a woman without clothing. She began sobbing and expressed how horrible she felt about what she had seen and wished she could get it out of her mind. I was so grateful that she would confide in me, giving me a chance to soothe her innocent and aching heart and help her know how to get relief through our Savior’s Atonement. I remember the sacred feelings I had as we knelt together, as mother and daughter, and petitioned the help of our Heavenly Father.

Sister Reeves also said, “Filters are useful tools, but the greatest filter in the world, the only one that will ultimately work, is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony of our Heavenly Father’s love and our Savior’s atoning sacrifice for each one of us.”

Other Protections

Becoming aware of the dangers of pornography addiction, and of how serious that addiction can become, can help us avoid becoming trapped. Yet many more protections are available, and they can be simple.

Before using a computer or hand-held device connected to the internet, think about how you will change pages, or turn away, or even turn it off, should you inadvertently encounter anything pornographic. That could be a life saver.

Place a decent photo of a family in view, especially where you can turn to it should any dirty image accidentally come into your view. It could be your own family, or even a family of persons that you don’t know, as a framed picture on the wall behind your computer screen. Tell yourself, before you use your computer, that you’ll look to that photo if anything filthy comes across the screen of your computer. That way, you’ll have something positive to enter your mind, taking the place of the filth that was thrown at you against your will. In addition, that would be a good time to say a prayer.

A young family having fun at a beach

 

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What Should I do When I See Pornography?

A delightfully refreshing video to help children know what to do when they have seen a pornographic image. (Turn away from it and talk to a parent or trusted adult.)

Family Home Evening: Pornography Solutions

“May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously . . .” (President Monson)

The Filter of a Deep and Abiding Testimony

“What do I want my grandchildren to know?” This morning I would like to talk frankly to my family and to yours.

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Forgiveness – A Song Verse Explained

During the past five years of occasional revisions of my song “Through my Savior,” the third verse I left alone. I felt that I could not improve it. The meaning of the first line, however, needs explaining. Here’s the verse:

Now in the morning of shadow waning,

Like when the light of morning filled a tomb,

Grant us forgiveness: both giving, gaining;

Fill us with light: Dispel avenging gloom.

Once in a garden, the blood was dropping;

Once on a cross, the voice of mercy said,

“Oh, my Father, forgive my brother;

I forgive him with the blood I shed.”

When is the “morning of shadow waning?” The dispelling of this particular shadow refers to attaining forgiveness, both forgiving and receiving forgiveness, so the particular “morning” is unique to each of us. In fact many of us may be enlightened by many such mornings in our lifetimes, moments when we forgive another person or when someone forgives himself or herself, or moments when we accept forgiveness from another person.

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The Resurrected Jesus Christ.

The Second Line

When did the light of morning fill a tomb? On Easter morning, the Savior walked out of that tomb, shining with all the glorious light of truth that the eyewitnesses were able to endure, for Jesus continued to give his disciples what they were ready to receive.

The tomb itself was left open, sitting with an open mouth as the morning light crept in. All who dare to approach that mouth, all who dare to listen and to look—they will hear that still small voice and see that this particular tomb is empty.

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Adahmeve – The New Word For Marriage

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-gender couples have the constitutional right to be married. Most Americans probably failed to realize that this ruling impacted our language: With one little-known exception, no longer do we have a single word, in English, that refers to the formal union of a man and a woman in marriage. That exception is the word adahmeve.

Why do we need the word adhmeve? For those who recognize and honor God’s plan of uniting a man and a woman in marriage, and who understand it, any substitute is repulsive. So how do we now refer to traditional marriage? We use the word adahmeve, and when we speak we pronounce it uh-DAH-meve.

Adahmeve means traditional marriageAn adahmeve celebrated in Southern California

Verb Form for “Marry” – Admeve

How would we now say that Adam and Eve were married? Use the word admeve, which is pronounced uhd-MEVE.

Adam and Eve were admeved.

Adjective for “marital” – Admevial

The adjective to use is admevial, and the old form was marital. How do we now refer to the intimate relations between and husband (man) and wife (woman)?

admevial relations

The word is pronounced uhd-MEV-ial.

What’s Wrong With Just Using the Old Words?

Why use these new words (adahmeve, admeve, admevial)? If you only communicate with those who believe exactly as you do, it might seem to work. Tell your friends that your nephew is getting married, however, and even those who share your beliefs might not be sure what’s happening. Is your nephew in harmony with your belief in the sanctity of traditional values, or is he rebelling against them? That is part of the problem that the U.S. Supreme Court has left us with, changing the meaning of the word married.

No government, however can change the meanings of the following words:

  • adahmeve
  • admeve
  • admevial

These words originated without any government ties, simply referring to the traditional marriage between a man and a woman. In other words, since these words are not contained in government marriage license text, they cannot be altered in meaning (in a legal sense) by any federal, state, or local government.

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New Word for Marriage Between a Man and a Woman

A new word has been appointed for traditional marriage between a man and a woman: Adahmeve. . . . God himself organized marriage in the beginning as between male and female. The word “adahmeve” is now available to avoid confusion, for it only refers to the traditional formal relationship between husband and wife.

Marriage and a new Word: Adahmeve

A new word was introduced into the English language on June 28, 2013, the same day that licenses were granted to same-gender couples in California.

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Evolution and Religion

This relates to concepts about the “age of dinosaurs,” but let’s put aside that concept for the moment. Have you ever encountered a statement similar to the following?

“Evolution is a proven scientific fact.”

True scientific progress requires working with details, and “evolution” (meaning Darwinian theory) has been compared to a room full of smoke, according to David Berlinski, in the documentary Expelled-No Intelligence Allowed:

One of my prevailing doctrines about Darwinian Theory is: man that thing is just a mess. It’s like looking into a room full of smoke. Nothing in the theory is precisely, clearly, carefully defined and delineated. It lacks all of the rigor one expects from Mathematical Physics. And Mathematical Physics lacks all of the rigor one expects from Mathematics. So we’re talking about a gradual decent down the level of intelligibility, until we reach Evolutionary Biology.

Unlimited Common Ancestry

We can blow away some of that smoke by being specific. Many persons assume there is only one concept of biological evolution and they just call it “evolution.” But the General Theory of Evolution mainly involves the philosophy of unlimited common ancestry, so let’s look deeper. Yes indeed it is philosophy and not science, although many persons have assumed it is pure science.

What is unlimited common ancestry? (I like to use that phrase for it is specific.) It’s when a person assumes that when two different biological organisms may have had a common ancestor then they did have one. That is not scientific, it is philosophical.

Darwin used that approach in his books On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, and countless of his followers have continued to use that philosophy. One of the big problems is that this philosophy has been forced into our consciousness (or subconsciousness) in the name of “science.”

When I say unlimited common ancestry (we’ll use UCA), I don’t mean insistence that all living organisms must have had one common ancestor; it’s not quite that. The concept that all plant life had one common and all animal life had another common ancestor—that could fit well into the philosophy of UCA, if the evidence was convincing enough that the two basic forms of life had different original ancestors. The point of this philosophy, in that case, would be insisting we then assume that there were not more than two original ancestors. Notice the insistence.

What do we learn from Genesis? Biological details are scarce indeed, but it seems that this planet originally had many original ancestors of modern organisms, perhaps thousands of original life forms. That’s a far cry from both the insistence of UCA and the countless species that now exist in our wonderful world. Hardly anybody denies all forms of evolution, for humans themselves have caused a wide variety living things to come forth, for example: domesticated animals, including many varieties of cattle, horses, dogs, and cats. But those many kinds came about by human intelligence and from a variety or original ancestors. We did not start with mud puddles but with wonderful early forms of animals. Environment may play a part in shaping some characteristics in animal life, over long periods of time, but the shaping was done in selecting from among many of the wonderful genes that had already existed “after their kind.”

Dating Problems With Dinosaurs

I refer to carbon-14 radiometric dating problems, not dinosaur extinction from those animals hanging out in groups and avoiding serious courtship dating.

The two problems with C14 testing of dinosaur bones comes from two perspectives:

  1. The dates are shocking
  2. The dating has been discontinued, because of shock

Soon after the 2012 geology conference in Singapore, carbon-dating laboratories, at least in the United States, stopped testing any materials that might be dinosaur remains.

Why? It could make them look silly, for the dates always turn out to be in the range of tens of thousands of years, with radioactive carbon always present. How shocking!

Directly testing the ages of dinosaurs bones always shows them to be only a tiny fraction of the ages that we have been indoctrinated into believing. Dinosaurs really did live alongside humans, and that knowledge comes from carbon-14 dating.

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Carbon Radiometric Dating of Dinosaur Bones

Scientific methods and instrumentation have greatly improved since the earlier days of dinosaur dating, and those old assumptions are now being tested.

Carbon dated dinosaur fossils

Members of the Paleochronology group presented their findings at the 2012 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting in Singapore, August 13-17, a conference of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS).

The Gospel and the Scientific View

The worldwide flood of Noah’s time has been accepted as a benchmark historical event by Jews and Christians for thousands of years—and similar traditions appear among the Greeks, Mesopotamians, and some American Indian tribes.

Evolutionary Boundary

Darwin’s Natural Selection actually PREVENTS ANY major biological-development change in ANY organism.

LDS Nonfiction Book

Three nonfiction books by the L.D.S. author Jonathan Whitcomb—each can take you into an astonishing world of cryptozoology, into a narrow field of the paranormal-like investigations of eyewitness accounts of apparent living pterosaurs.

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Honest or Trying to Deceive?

This past summer, I wrote about a biology professor in Minnesota who criticized me for what he declared were my bad motivations. His post was not like a scientific article, not even slightly like a peer-reviewed paper in a journal of science; it appeared more like a dirty political attack. But I don’t recall ever hearing any American politician refer to the writings of his opponent with the word “turds,” and this biology professor was referring to my online publications in general, not to a collection of animal feces.

More recently, I was surprised that an American paleontologist, Donald Prothero, had written a similar post, mostly about me, with special emphasis on the word deception. He even wrote, “Whitcomb admitted the deception.” I do not accuse Dr. Prothero of telling a lie, but I respond to his words against me. I was not trying to deceive anyone.

In his comments at the bottom of his post, Prothero reveals that he had read the post by that biology professor in Minnesota. I suggest he put too much confidence in those non-scientific declarations. Let’s now consider the basic accusation against me, that I have used deception in my online publications. I maintain that I was being honest.

“Sock puppets” or proper pseudonyms?

I’ve already written much, on other posts, about my temporary use of two pen names. They were not “sock puppets” but used on a minority of my blogs for a legitimate purpose. Years earlier, a few skeptics had accused me of dishonest, making it difficult for some readers to consider the eyewitness reports that I was publishing. To make the truth known to more online readers, I began using two pseudonyms. That allowed anyone to learn about the worldwide reports of apparent pterosaurs, without any reader rejecting them because of my name. At the same time, I continued to use my regular name, Jonathan Whitcomb, on most of my blogs and in most of my posts.

What about being honest in portraying how many people support the idea that one or more modern pterosaurs are still living? In his post “Fake Pterosaurs and Sock Puppets,” Dr. Prothero says, “Virtually all discussion of the ropen comes from a single individual, Jonathan Whitcomb!” A few words later he uses the word deception. Let’s look deeper.

How many people promote belief in the ropen?

If Donald Prothero had said that my web pages dominate those of any other single writer, when “ropen” is used with a search engine, then he probably would have been correct. But he says nothing about Garth Guessman or David Woetzel, two of my associates. Those two cryptozoologists have given lectures with plenty of “discussion” on the ropen. They have written material online, over the years, and I don’t recall ever reading any of it that appeared to have come from any of my writings. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find many mention of “Jonathan Whitcomb” on any of their web pages, for they are independent searchers and researchers, with only limited and occasional help from me.

If I had used two pen names to fool people into thinking several people were promoting the concept of a non-extinct pterosaur, when it was only me, I would have been acting dishonestly. Reality is far different.

Two Americans and one Australian, at least, are almost entirely unheard of. They have been either anonymous or unheralded in publications. I have communicated with two of them but will not reveal their names. Consider now how they relate to the possibility that I may not have been completely honest in the use of two pen names.

What could be greater evidence of a belief than this: traveling from a developed country to a remote island in Papua New Guinea to search for something most Westerners believe does not exist? Three men have done this without fanfare or great publicity online.

I knew of them while using two pen names online, so how could I have tried to deceive people into thinking more people were deeply involved than were actually involved? If I had been trying to deceive readers by dishonestly magnifying the number of those who passionately believe in modern pterosaurs, I would have had to use at least four pen names, instead of two. Remember, three men have searched for the ropen in Papua New Guinea with hardly a trace of their names being publicized.

“Fake Pterosaurs and Sock Puppets” and other posts by other critics appear to attempt to discredit me through accusations about dishonesty and impropriety. Dr. Prothero appears to want to isolate me as almost the sole source for the idea that the ropen is a real creature that is a modern pterosaur. I suggest paleontologists would do better writing about fossils.

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Donald Prothero and “Fake” Pterosaurs

I’ll not say much about the sock puppet accusations here; I’ve written much on it already. For those who go to that link in question, it may become obvious that I was not trying to deceive anybody concerning reports of modern living pterosaurs, including the flying creature called ropen; for those who read only that post by Prothero, however, it can seem like I’ve tried to deceive people about the ropen and that I did so almost single-handedly.

Honesty in Ropen Searching

A different kind of attack has been launched, as an American paleontologist has dismissed the ropen as a “fake” pterosaur and dismissed me, Jonathan Whitcomb, as one who practices deception. He also ridicules my belief in the Garden of Eden and in the Flood of Genesis.

Honesty in Reports of Modern Pterosaurs

A deceiver intends to lead someone away from truth; intention is a critical ingredient of the poison. Nobody can accidentally deceive anyone, as in carelessly typing on a keyboard and hitting “Tr” instead of “R,” resulting in a sentence about “Troy” instead of “Roy.” Someone can be mislead by a mistake like that; one cannot be deceived by that.

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