Happy St. George’s Day!

I am sorry that I did not get around to wishing readers a happy St. George's Day until now. Perhaps it ought to be a young-earth creationist holiday. Ken Ham claims that the legends about St. George and the dragon are proof that humans and dinosaurs (including some that breathed fire, if the billboards for the Creation Museum are anything to go by).

More evidence that young-earth creationists are promoting fairy tales and myths, if anyone doubted that.

The above image is from an illuminated manuscript from the British Library's manuscript blog.


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  • Craig Wright

    James, do not give up on your assault on young earthers. It is worth it, and it is an encouragement to those of us rub shoulders with them, and have to make excuses for them.

  • Nick

    I always feel bad for St. George. He needs a good PR firm.

    For all the weirdness people have attributed to him over the years, it’s like he’s the Anti-Nicholas of Myra.

  • Dun D

    I think if the ‘dragon’ existed at all, it was a nile crocodile that had swum the mediterranian and got lost in Turkey. The legend mentions it living in a well and ‘dragon’ was sometimes used to mean ‘serpent’ or ‘crocodile’ in Greek. Of course it probably never happened. But crocodile is much more likely than dinosaur.

    • susanburns

      What is the word you are referring to? Is it “saur”?

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

        The ancients found fossils occasionally, and so their legends might derive from dinosaurs indirectly in that way.

        • susanburns

          I am encouraged that you would consider this possibility. But what about breathing fire and guarding treasure? Also, the harbinger of the new year.