Last week, a British reader (CJ) wrote a lengthy blog post about the third edition of my cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America. Only a small portion of his post refers to Biblical Creationists, but it still seems appropriate to quote parts of his book review here.

Comment:

“I want to believe in big flying dinosaurs roaming the skies, but experience and common sense argue against it. So far I have never been chased by one as I wander through town.”

Response: I too have, at times, felt it strange, as I take a walk around my neighborhood, as I ponder the possibility that a modern pterosaur might at any time fly over my head. I too have never seen anything like a pterosaur. But nine years of investigating eyewitness sightings brings my mind back to the more convincing accounts, and I realize that I have just been less lucky than the eyewitnesses. These wonderful flying creatures, although nocturnal, are quite real, in spite of Western extinction indoctrination.

Comment:

“I get the impression [from reading this book] it is rather competitive, and political, and perhaps as backstabbing as any other part of cryptozoology seems to be — but then again maybe not. You see Whitcomb, and the majority of the researchers are Creationists, and not shy about proclaiming the fact.”

Response: I have found some skeptics who have ridiculed my associates and me, for our beliefs and proclamations regarding sightings of apparent pterosaurs; I had not thought of that as “backstabbing” but it may be what CJ refers to. It seems more like strangers throwing rotten tomatoes at our faces.

“Creationist” is not such a precise label as people might think. For example, I firmly believe in many literal factors in the Old Testament, including the existence of Adam and Eve as real humans, the first people on this planet; I do not believe, however, that the “beginning” referred to in the beginning of Genesis refers to the creation of the universe. I am not a “young universe” creationist, but I am a “young earth life” creationist.

Comment:

“So here I am, a very convinced “Evolutionist” who has written a great deal on Darwin, Chambers, Russel Wallace etc reading a  book on Live Pterosaur sightings by an out loud and proud Creationist.  And you know what? It really makes no difference to the case. So Whitcomb believes in living pterosaurs? The sceptics who attack his research are equally convinced they are extinct. It’s an issue it is rather hard to maintain a strict impartiality on. To be honest, I have no problem with people holding strong beliefs on any issue, so long as they are aware of them and their potential biases, and so long as they declare them openly.”

Response: That sounds reasonable to me. I admire CJ’s open-mindedness in examining the case for modern living pterosaurs. My cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America is not meant to convert the masses to Biblical creationist ideas, although the overall purposes of my writings include opening closed minds to critical truths in the Bible. Part of its purpose is to show that modern living pterosaurs are not confined in remote tropical rain forests in Papua New Guinea or in Africa, for they live (and sometimes appear to humans) in the United States of America.

To read CJ’s long blog post, see: A Whole New Level of Weirdness: Book Review of “Live Pterosaurs In America” (3rd Edition)

 

book cover "Live Pterosaurs in America" - third edition in cryptozoology nonfiction genre

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