I tend to shy away from young-earth creationists on this blog (at least in the moderately recent past), mostly because I want to focus on intelligent design proponents, which I see as a much greater threat to evolutionary biology and the teaching and practice of science in general. However, when something priceless comes up, it’s impossible to resist.
Check out this marvelous quote from Answers in Genesis, one of the world’s premier creationist organisations, on the existence of unicorns (via this article on the upcoming “Ark Encounter” creation museum in Kentucky:
The absence of a unicorn in the modern world should not cause us to doubt its past existence. (Think of the dodo bird. It does not exist today, but we do not doubt that it existed in the past.).
To be fair to Answers in Genesis, they aren’t claiming that the unicorn of popular fantasy is being described in the Bible, but a different creature:
The importance of the biblical unicorn is not so much its specific identity—much as we would like to know—but its reality. The Bible is clearly describing a real animal. The unicorn mentioned in the Bible was a powerful animal possessing one or two strong horns—not the fantasy animal that has been popularized in movies and books. Whatever it was, it is now likely extinct like many other animals. To think of the biblical unicorn as a fantasy animal is to demean God’s Word, which is true in every detail.
So no, it’s not quite the goldmine of crazy that some people have been hoisting it over their heads as, but it’s still fairly humourous. And it just goes to illustrate the epistemological path you’re taken on once you uncritically accept that a book written thousands of years ago is the unquestionable truth. No need for any other justifications – if the Bible says it, it must be true!
Do you now see why I tend not to take creationists seriously?