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(Herald Sun)   Gigantic wombat fossil discovered exactly where Satan fooled us into believing it would be   (heraldsun.com.au) divider line 7
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2013-10-03 09:30:56 AM
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FLMountainMan: Has anyone actually met someone who believed the whole "Satan put fossils there" thing?


When I was a little kid in sunday school (Ann Arbor, Michigan), the teacher was telling us the one about that big magical boat with two of everything in it.

Innocent little me: "How did they get the dinosaurs on the ark?"
Sunday school teacher: "There were no dinosaurs. That's just a lie."
Me: "Yes there were. I've seen the fossils." (in local museums)

...And that was how I got my ass kicked out of sunday school. IIRC the teacher took me to my parents immediately after the above exchange and told them something along the lines of "bring him back when he's older."

The childhood lesson learned from this and other similar encounters was that christians are weirdos who get angry when you ask them questions.
2013-10-03 11:09:12 AM
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Not to be jaded, but if these animals were still around, they'd be caged like scorpions or any other exotic species, except where they were driven to extinction, say by a human raid encircling their breeding grounds. With that amount of fur it looks like they would have been fine in sub-zero temperatures, though, unlike the large reptiles of the era. In liu of sharp kano- or kanid- teeth (however it's said) those claws look pretty menacing, if not kitana-sharp, exactly. Sadly, no matter how impressive the species, they are all liable to go up in a blaze of smoke. We're all mortal, Wombat. RIP.
2013-10-03 10:25:48 AM
1 votes:
I'm amazed that Jesus knew how big a Volkwagen Beetle would be when he created the Giant Wombat.
2013-10-03 09:45:16 AM
1 votes:
From the article comments:

Peter 14 hours ago
Giant wombat?   40,000 years ago?   Millions of years?   What absolute rubbish.   Stop trying to turn theories into facts.


It's almost as if some people don't understand what theories are composed of.
2013-10-03 09:39:22 AM
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Uncle Tractor: FLMountainMan: Has anyone actually met someone who believed the whole "Satan put fossils there" thing?

When I was a little kid in sunday school (Ann Arbor, Michigan), the teacher was telling us the one about that big magical boat with two of everything in it.

Innocent little me: "How did they get the dinosaurs on the ark?"
Sunday school teacher: "There were no dinosaurs. That's just a lie."
Me: "Yes there were. I've seen the fossils." (in local museums)

...And that was how I got my ass kicked out of sunday school. IIRC the teacher took me to my parents immediately after the above exchange and told them something along the lines of "bring him back when he's older."

The childhood lesson learned from this and other similar encounters was that christians are weirdos who get angry when you ask them questions.


Holy crap! I thought I was the only one who had that experience. First grade CCD the teacher talked about Adam and Eve and I asked when the dinosaurs and cave men were made. She told me there were no such things as dinosaurs and I asked her why the Field Museum would lie about them. She sent me home with a note for my folks saying I had a bad attitude and couldn't come back until I accepted the teachings of the Church. My parents, both educators, sent the note to the school principal along with a brochure from the museum and a suggestion that they take all CCD teachers on a field trip.
2013-10-03 09:33:52 AM
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SubBass49: Prepare to be afraid, VERY afraid.  This is the "Home School Curriculum" page from the local "Creation Museum."

/yeah, tangentially related FTW


It's important to discuss.

I used to be churchy.  I mean, I grew up in a churchy family.  I knew lots of churchy people.  The closest family friends?  Churchy.

I still have, packed away, a lot of the pamphlets regarding creationism.  Missing fossil records.  Fossils from different time periods existing in the same strata.  The supposed fallibility of carbon dating.  Leviathan = Brontosaurus.

I actually think that those pamphlets were, at the very least, partially responsible for my falling away from my faith.  The logic used was spurious, even to a kid who had yet to hear the words "historical geology" used together to describe a subject of study.  It took taking Survey of Old Testament to drive the final nail into the coffin of my faith.

I honestly don't worry too much.  Although it is taking time, we are feeling the throes of a dying class, the reality denialist, as an important group that shapes society as a whole.  I feel sorry for the children who, despite whatever genetic predisposition to intellectual curiosity, will be guided down a poorer path.  It's really sad, the thousands of potential scientists, philosophers, and other thinkers, lost to the teachings of dead men who never meant for us to hear their words.

I live in Texas, so it's a particularly sore subject for me.
2013-10-03 08:58:11 AM
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"Fatass, my coworker,"

The final comma might make it easier to not get the wrong impression.
 
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