Creationists Tout “Nessie”

September 9, 2009

Some creationists—religious fundamentalists who believe God created distinct species of plants and animals and who challenge evolutionary theory—are touting belief in the Loch Ness Monster. The fabled cryptid is even showing up in creationist “science” courses, according to an article in London’s The Guardian , July 31, 2009. (I received a copy of the article from my friend Fred Donnelly—University of New Brunswick Saint John—who came across it while attending a conference in England.) As it happens, the evangelical course that teaches Nessie as a scientific fact is endorsed by a UK government agency.

The Guardian quoted from one textbook ( Biology 1099 , Accelerated Christian Education, 1995). It asks pupils: “Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie,’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.

“Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis.

“No transitional fossils have been or ever will discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen [ sic ] fashioned them all.”

The ignorance shown here is astonishing. In fact, numerous examples of transitional forms have come to light since Darwin published his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life in 1859. (For a discussion see Michael Shermer, How to Debate a Creationist , 2nd ed., Skeptics Society, 2004, 12.)

As to the Loch Ness “plesiosaur,” no photographic, sonar, or eyewitness evidence for the creature is convincing. Eyewitnesses can easily mistake for a lake monster such deceptive look-alikes as otters swimming in a line. As well, the famous 1934 “Nessie” photo was a hoax, and the 1972 sonar evidence was discredited by an expert review. Indeed, in 2003 a BBC-sponsored team searched the entire loch with sonar and found no leviathan. (See Ronald Binns, The Loch Ness Mystery Solved , Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1984. See also Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell, Lake Monster Mysteries , Lexington, Ky.: University of Press of Kentucky, 2006.) So much for creationist “science.”


#1 Brian's A Wild Downer (Guest) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 at 11:43am

Makes exactly as much sense as any other creationist argument ever made.

#2 J. (Guest) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 at 5:34pm

With proof like this how could you ever expect to change their minds?

#3 Stormy fairweather (Guest) on Thursday September 10, 2009 at 5:02pm

Such is the nature of evolution though. Ideas that do not work, and the people who have them, will die out. It is only a matter of time.

Problem is ignorance seems way too viable in this society.

#4 Alex (Guest) on Friday September 11, 2009 at 8:34am

I recall reading an editorial in Acts & Fact Magazine (a publication of the Institute for Creation Research) in which the author credulously parroted a claim by an acquaintance to have seen Nessie. He went on to write how exciting this subject is and how much it would fit creationism more than evolution. Absolutely staggering.

#5 Nessie the real sea monster. (Guest) on Tuesday September 15, 2009 at 7:35am

This is shocking to me why they are allowed to even teach this. Evolution exists, go to the coast and it’s there in front of your eyes!! At least evolutionists are not afraid to claim what they say are theories but creationists make it seem like hard facts. Complete trash!!!

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