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THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE ART

A huge Tyrannosaurus-rex stands in the ruins of the Jurassic Park Visitor Center as terrified humans run for their lives. A large banner emblazoned with the words WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH floats to the ground as the animal lets out a mighty roar…

Any fan of Jurassic Park and its sequels will tell you how much they enjoy seeing dinosaurs interacting with humans. Likewise, drawing dinosaurs coexisting with people is also a lot of fun.

But while the movies present only one narrative — that dinosaurs ruled the earth “millions of years” before man — the fact is that scientists disagree on exactly when dinosaurs roamed the earth. This is especially evident in the debate over origins (creation vs evolution).

In Jurassic World: Dominion, Dr Alan Grant makes an observation that is typical of many real-world scientists:

What this quote fails to take into account is that scientists on both sides of the debate have the same evidence to work with — the same fossils and the same rock layers — and this evidence has to be interpreted within the context of their respective worldviews.

The late evolutionist Carl Sagan was so troubled by historical records of dragons and their resemblance to dinosaurs that he wrote a book — The Dragons of Eden — to try to explain it away.

By contrast, Dinosaurs of Eden takes the scientific and historical evidence at face value and argues that:

The world we live in today is no longer perfect. It is a broken world. There is still beauty, and yet that beauty is marred by sin, death, and suffering.

The “big picture” timeline below puts our broken world into context and sums up the Bible’s message of hope:

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