This third edition of the nonfiction book surpasses earlier versions in focus and depth, concentrating more on the eyewitness sightings of apparent modern pterosaurs, commonly called “pterodactyls.” Religion is mostly in the background, with a cross-genre of true-life adventure and spiritual-inspirational and cryptozoology. Searching for Ropens and Finding God has been called the “Bible of modern pterosaurs.”
Beware, skeptic, of thinking only briefly
Since you’ve gotten this far in this book, you may be the last person I should worry about. The careless skeptic worries me most. How easy for him to browse a web page, find a report of a single sighting, and grab the first negative reaction that comes to mind! It takes but a few seconds to think of a rebuttal to something that contradicts ones assumptions; but the briefness of those few seconds is not necessarily evidence for ones cleverness or the foolishness of what one thinks is easily refutted. Beware, skeptic, of thinking only briefly. [pg 170]
“Pterodactyl” Sighting in Rhode Island
“Hi, I have seen a pteradactyl in my backyard. It was the second week of October , and I was having a cigarette on the back deck of my house. It was a cold night, and I heard a loud whooshing noise moving in the air to my right. I saw a huge pteradactyl. It circled my house six times and once it turned its head and looked at me.”
PB estimated the wingspan at about fifteen feet. I told her, “There is another case somewhat similar to your own. A man who lives in a coastal community many miles north of you saw a creature that may be the same one you saw. I believe that it really is a pterosaur, though this is very difficult to present to the news media at present. . . .” [pg 177]
Rhamphorhynchoid Pterosaur Sighting in Florida
Florida also has a brave eyewitness who reported his sighting on a blog and has revealed his real name: Professor Steven Watters.
“Today, I was blessed with a sight that will never be forgotten. It was 11:45 a.m. . . . solid grey dim overcast- about 60 degrees out—Wednesday November 14 2012—Crestview, Florida. . . . It was flying west to northeast close enough it could’ve been shot down. I . . . ran to the door . . . Had an estimated wingspan of 8-12 feet and a tail as long as its torso with a large bulb or lump at the tail very diamond shaped, no feathers and all colored the same whitish-grey color with a pointed beak. . . .” [pg 205]
Sighting in Mississippi
“I was in Meridian, Mississippi, around the year 2001. I was outside . . . around 9 pm so it’s dark. It’s a full moon . . . when I turned my head to look to the right, I caught this shadow of a figure floating over the top of my sisters apartment building. . . . The wing span had to be 25 ft across and from head to toe at least the same. I was yelling and screaming for my brother-in-law or nephews to look . . . I ran about a block and a half until I came to a fence row where I couldn’t go any further. At that time this creature lifted above some maybe 75 ft trees and continued to fly away. I watched it for about another minute until its silhouette disappeared from my sight. . . .” [pp 211-212]
Ropens are not Rare
Ropens are nocturnal but not rare. Sightings of those creatures are not rare. An American who reports observing a live pterodactyl—that person is rare. When somebody does speak out, however, it encourages other eyewitnesses to admit that they’d seen those creatures themselves. When two eyewitnesses are close friends or family members and one of them talks, the other takes courage and also talks. That’s why it can appear that we have strange coincidences, only a few dozen publicized sightings per year but with a few eyewitnesses knowing other eyewitnesses from different sightings.
Nonfiction, 354 pages
Searching for Ropens and Finding God
It looked like a dead pterodactyl, not fossil bones but with skin, like it had died recently. Could those creatures, non-extinct, still fly?