Modern Pterodactyls and Religion A response to a Time Magazine online article on the ropen Contact:                                                       KSN News Release Jonathan Whitcomb 5347 South New Hampton Dr. Murray, Utah 84123                     Press Room on Live Pterosaurs PHONE: 801 590-9692 EMAIL  Blog: Live Pterosaur For Immediate Release LONG BEACH, Calif/KSN/Mar 30, 2013 --- Jonathan Whitcomb, a cryptozoology author in California, responds to an online article by Time Magazine, on reported sightings of apparent living pterosaurs (commonly called “pterodactyls”) in Papua New Guinea. In August of 2009, Time Magazine featured ten brief online articles, mostly written by Ishaan Tharoor, on “famous mystery monsters.” They included the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and vampires. The tenth article was a seven sentence introduction to the ropen of Papua New Guinea. It included, “Indeed, the ropen has become the flying hobby horse of creationists, who seek to find living dinosaurs as proof that the earth is far younger than evolutionary scientists lead the rest of the world to believe.” Whitcomb, however, insists that the purposes for searching for modern living pterosaurs are more complex. In the second edition of his first book (Searching for Ropens), he said, “In Western societies in the 21st Century, one of the greatest threats to happiness is, I believe, not terrorism, disease, or poverty, but a lack of purpose.” He proclaims that modern Western education teaches students what to think far more than how to think, and that dogmatic indoctrination, especially promoting the origin philosophy of Charles Darwin, has dominated scientific communications. Whitcomb advocates open discussions about various axioms of origin philosophies in Western societies, as well as open discussions about interpreting scientific evidences. His purposes include encouraging average persons to think for themselves. In his third book (Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea), he explains why Biblical creationists have dominated searches for modern living pterosaurs: “For the moment, lay aside any judgment of any concept of earth-age; look only at the recent history of expeditions in Papua New Guinea. Who would be more likely to search for living pterosaurs, those who believed in a major extinction event 65 million years ago or those who believed in many pterosaurs living 6,000 years ago? How much easier to organize an expedition when the organizers are convinced of the recent existence of what is being sought!” In the third edition of Whitcomb’s second book (Live Pterosaurs in America), he explains the role of passionate Christian explorers:  “Almost all living-pterosaur investigators who explored in Papua New Guinea from 1993 through 2006 are creationists, believing that God placed life on this earth only a few thousand years ago. . . . the influence of the earlier creationist explorers on living-pterosaur research is immense. “Our greatest opposition has come from outspoken critics who have been offended by our creationism. But why should those with different religious beliefs deride our efforts? Without cryptid-hunting creationists, little progress would have been made: no investigations in the southwest Pacific . . . Nothing would have happened; nobody else cared.” In March of 2013, Whitcomb began a campaign to promote awareness of the Hydroplate Theory of Walt Brown. In the book In the Beginning, Brown gives scientific evidence for the Flood of Noah. Although the book gives no specific reference to eyewitness reports of modern pterosaurs, it gives readers an explanation for most fossils, and it helps Whitcomb explain how pterosaurs could be living in modern times. ### Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea will take you where textbook authors  fear to go: into eyewitness sightings of what “should not exist.” This nonfiction explains why encounters with giant featherless flying creatures are so rarely published in major newspapers in Western countries. (This is a Kindle digital book, not in print format.) The Hydroplate Theory by Walt Brown is explained in detail in this 456-page book: In the Beginning - Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. Although it may contain nothing about pterosaurs in modern times, the theory explains how fossils of supposedly ancient creature are not actually so ancient after all. Jonathan Whitcomb explored part of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, a few weeks before the Woetzel- Guessman ropen expedition. Over the next nine years, he would write three nonfiction books about sightings of living pterosaurs. KSN News Release -