Speak Out: SC Christian School Test Asks, 'Do You Believe in Dinosaurs?'

An Upstate school test is making the rounds on social media disputing the existence of dinosaurs, based on biblical principles. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

GREER, SC -- A test from an Upstate Christian school is making the rounds on social media.

The test, allegedly given to fourth-grade students at a Christian-based school north of Greer, is titled "Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel." A book with the same name was published in 2004 by Answers in Genesis.

The test first started making rounds on social media on Sunday when it was posted in a chat room on atheism on Reddit.

According to Snopes, the test is legitimate as someone believed to be the child's father sent a statement to the website saying that the test had been brought home by his 10-year-old daughter.

The man wrote that some of the test questions were first brought to his attention when he and his daughter heard a commercial about a dinosaur display traveling through the Upstate. The man began to question his daughter after she argued that dinosaurs were not millions of years old, as stated in the commercial. The next day she brought home the attached test.

The man wrote that his child will not be attending the school next year, but said that he would not disclose the name of the school until the end of the school year.

How would your child answer these questions? Would you be upset if your child were given this test? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Chris Jobes May 02, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Hi Wayne, I found it a little funny that you said "evolution is an evolving scientific theory" ;) But yes I understand and your point is a logical one. The problem I have is that when new discoveries are made, many times the interpretation could go toward "design". But since most people have already accepted evolution, they think it must point toward evolution. You said you can "figure out if something is true by finding out what it implies then seeing if things are as expected". I totally agree. That is how I look at nature too, but with slightly less technical and slightly more humble attitude. All of the specific, technical points you have made are intriguing. You speak with the understanding of an expert. I am not an expert but one who has certain presuppositions and reads a lot of material written by experts. Honestly I have to wonder about the accuracy of your points if they are based on uniformitarian assumptions. The information I read makes claims such as "no archaeological discovery has ever disproved anything in the Bible" and "every specific prophecy made has actually happened", etc. It seems as though I am reading material in support of Biblical accuracy and you are reading (or an expert on) material that seems to disprove the Bible. It would probably do both of us some good to use some resources from "the other side".
Chris Jobes May 02, 2013 at 10:19 PM
I would like to run one more idea past you. Putting mainstream science aside for a moment, when is the last time you have enjoyed a beautiful sunset or clear star-filled night sky in the country or a nice ocean breeze in the evening? When you experience one of those, and your heart is softened, and you think "there must be something more...", seriously does it speak "chance" or does it speak "God"? A little off topic, sorry. Obviously I am deliberately avoiding technical arguments with you. My tendency is usually to step back and look at the big picture. However I am certainly not one to turn a blind eye to evolutionary or naturalistic claims. I hear you loud and clear. But since my starting point is the Bible, I always think "there must be another explanation" or "surely this will be disproved". My allegiance lies with God and his claims in the Bible. A true Christian should trust God over man. Looking at experts on the Bible that are mainstream and conservative in the field, you will find a mountain of evidence in support of its accuracy. Looking at Biblical experts that are unbelievers or liberal scholars you will find a mountain of evidence disproving it! So what do we do?
William Ciocco May 03, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Regardless of what one believes. I don't think you can deny that the headline is false and inflammatory.
JoSCh May 03, 2013 at 12:43 PM
So is the quiz in question...
JoSCh May 03, 2013 at 01:10 PM
The difference between material that supports the bible and material that supports science is that people who create the material that supports the bible have something to gain, both material and spiritual. Other than having a job doing and writing about science scientist have nothing to gain, and many probably lose something. Who wouldn't hope for an everlasting afterlife in paradise? That is something that is pretty easy to sell, especially if all it takes is doing basically what we already do. "no archaeological discovery has ever disproved anything in the Bible" I don't know that this is true, but there a a lot of biblical stories that probably should be able to be proven and they aren't. There is no evidence of a global flood for instance, and it is technically impossible without magic.


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