Monday, December 24, 2012
God and cryptozoology
There's quite a busy thread over on Facebook about evolution, creation, and cryptozoology - or there was. Cryptozoologist Scott Mardis is one who's firm in his belief that approaching crypto from a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) position leads to the truth, while some other cryptozoologists are adamant that it can't. The thread on the Journal of Cryptozoology page has been removed, apparently because it became a repeated volleying of arguments over creation and science. On cryptozoology itself - that is, searching for new or presumed-extinct species - my point was that one's motivation and viewpoints didn't necessarily have anything to do with the methods used to find animals. From a YEC viewpoint, finding animals that should not, according to the accepted scientific timeline, exist is ammunition for the argument that the timeline is wrong. As a cryptozoological researcher and a Christian who views the Biblical creation as allegory rather than literal, I have no problem with anything we learn from science, and I can't believe God does, either. We can debate the implications of a discovery AFTER we make the discovery.