Part III—Is religion logical
These multi-part series on the logic of religion are hoped to incite in the souls of men and women, of any belief system, to reconsider what is true, beautiful and good about their religion versus what is simply mystical and exaggerations. These series are largely based on Christianity, but applies generally to all ‘organized religion.’
Where science and religion are miles apart on their “pursuits of truth,” the Urantia Book on the other hand brings science and religion together in near-perfect harmony – God creating through evolution.
There are millions of species being excavated in archeology sites around the world; absolute proof of life that existed millions upon millions of years before the emergence of man. Yet, there simply is NO explanation in scripture regarding the dinosaur era. Neither do our leaders of religion, for the most part, dare to address the subject—what about the dinosaurs.
Mormons do differ a little from mainstream Christianity, having an underlying belief (not based in scripture) that our world was made from ‘other worlds’ and our fossils were merely parts of other-world existences. Mainstream America, however, up to around the 1950’s, taught in our progressive schools that “dinosaurs were about 1 million years ago.” As we grew in technology so did we grow in logic, logic of ages upon ages of life on our world — 60 to 150 million years before man.
Where was Adam and Eve in all this?
According to the Urantia Book, Adam and Even didn’t emerge upon earth until mankind had been evolving for nearly 955,000 years. And this was millions of years after the demise of the dinosaurs.
Paper 74:0.1 ADAM AND EVE arrived on Urantia, from the year A.D. 1934, 37,848 years ago.
Paper 62:5.1 From the year A.D. 1934 back to the birth of the first two human beings is just 993,419 years.
In otherwords, there has been almost one million years of mankind on Earth before Adam and Eve arrived as the biological uplifters of mankind. The dinosaur era had come and gone by millions of years before humans even emerged on planet Earth (Urantia).
In the Urantia Papers (printed 1955) there are hundreds of pages attributed to the dinosaur era of our Earth’s history—such as these passages:
Paper 60:1.10 These rapidly evolving reptilian dinosaurs soon became the monarchs of this age. They were egg layers and are distinguished from all animals by their small brains, having brains weighing less than one pound to control bodies later weighing as much as forty tons. But earlier reptiles were smaller, carnivorous, and walked kangaroolike on their hind legs. They had hollow avian bones and subsequently developed only three toes on their hind feet, and many of their fossil footprints have been mistaken for those of giant birds. Later on, the herbivorous dinosaurs evolved. They walked on all fours, and one branch of this group developed a protective armor.
60:2.1 120,000,000 years ago a new phase of the reptilian age began. The great event of this period was the evolution and decline of the dinosaurs. Land-animal life reached its greatest development, in point of size, and had virtually perished from the face of the earth by the end of this age. The dinosaurs evolved in all sizes from a species less than two feet long up to the huge noncarnivorous dinosaurs, seventy-five feet long, that have never since been equaled in bulk by any living creature.
60:2.2 The largest of the dinosaurs originated in western North America. These monstrous reptiles are buried throughout the Rocky Mountain regions, along the whole of the Atlantic coast of North America, over western Europe, South Africa, and India, but not in Australia.
60:2.10 This continued to be, pre-eminently, the age of the dinosaurs. They so overran the land that two species had taken to the water for sustenance during the preceding period of sea encroachment. These sea serpents represent a backward step in evolution. While some new species are progressing, certain strains remain stationary and others gravitate backward, reverting to a former state. And this is what happened when these two types of reptiles forsook the land.
60:3.20 60,000,000 years ago, though the land reptiles were on the decline, the dinosaurs continued as monarchs of the land, the lead now being taken by the more agile and active types of the smaller leaping kangaroo varieties of the carnivorous dinosaurs. But sometime previously there had appeared new types of the herbivorous dinosaurs, whose rapid increase was due to the appearance of the grass family of land plants. One of these new grass-eating dinosaurs was a true quadruped having two horns and a capelike shoulder flange. The land type of turtle, twenty feet across, appeared as did also the modern crocodile and true snakes of the modern type. Great changes were also occurring among the fishes and other forms of marine life. *