- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3rd edition (April 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484911393
- ISBN-13: 978-1484911396
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Searching for Ropens and Finding God: Walking by faith and working with people of other faiths, in a quest for the discovery of modern living pterosaurs 3rd Edition
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From the Author
I wrote this third edition for a variety of readers. If you enjoyed one of the earlier editions, you'll enjoy this one, for it has many more sighting reports and more analysis, much more. If you enjoy faith-promoting experiences, this will satisfy your needs. If the joy of adventure you seek, you should find that drama throughout this book, only be aware: This is nonfiction, not fabricated to emphasize the dramatic but delivered to you with adventures that sprung up naturally in my life and in the lives of my associates.
Yet the greatest adventures you'll find in this book---those will probably be from eyewitness accounts: not how my associates and I searched for huge long-tailed pterosaurs that fly over jungles at night, but how eyewitnesses encountered those shocking creatures when they were not looking for them.
Would you enjoy reading about persons of different faiths who work together for a common purpose? This may be the ideal book for you, yet please be aware that much of this reveals some weaknesses in some popular standard models of science. If you have felt comfortable with extreme naturalism philosophy or unlimited common ancestry, the philosophy of Charles Darwin, expect to be discomforted, although this third edition has less preaching and more eyewitness reports. Disproving the General Theory of Evolution is given only limited space.
From the Back Cover
A Quest for Discovering Modern Pterosaurs
Settle into a comfortable chair and prepare for what may become the most unsettling scientific discovery since Copernicus and Galileo. This true story takes you into the expeditions that began to prepare the Western world for a discovery not yet recognized by scientists in developed countries.
A handful of Americans have explored remote jungles in Papua New Guinea, searching for living pterosaurs, called by most Americans "pterodactyls." Three Christians---one middle-aged LDS-Mormon high priest and two Protestant young earth creationists---explored Umboi Island in two separate expeditions in 2004, interviewing eyewitnesses of a glowing animal of the night: the elusive nocturnal ropen. . . .
This is a plea to listen to eyewitnesses and those who interview them. Skeptics, including one writer of a Smithsonian Magazine blog post, have dismissed these cryptozoological investigations by referring to religious beliefs of interviewers; but eyewitnesses themselves come from various countries and cultures and have various religious beliefs.
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The reason most scientists are very skeptical of modern pterosaurs is not because of dogma or assumptions, but because of fossil evidence (no post-Cretaceous pterosaur remain are known), and the lack of any compelling modern evidence to the contrary. Anecdotal "sightings" are subject to many uncertainties and complicating factors, and therefore cannot be regarded as sound scientific evidence unless backed up by clear empirical evidence (preferably physical remains, but at least clear photos).
I for one would celebrate the discovery of a living pterosaur, as long as it was properly documented, but am dismayed at writings that promote extreme claims based on unfounded premises and insufficient evidence, while fostering misconceptions about Earth history and science in general.