And I thought I had seen it all. Not very long ago I wrote a post on the newly discovered Gigantoraptor, and I fully expected to see creationists try to use the dinosaur as proof that evolution didn’t occur. What I did not expect, however, was to see this comment posted on my initial thoughts about the dinosaur earlier today;
CHECK OUT “THE URANTIA BOOK” AND SEE THEIR WEB SITE FOR THE MOST FASCINATING INFO ABOUT EVOLUTION ON THE PLANET. GO TO “SEARCH THE URANTIA BOOK” AND ENTER “PASSENGER BIRDS” I’M SURE YOU’LL FIND THIS INTERESTING.
I had a bad feeling about this one (anyone who writes in all caps (=shouting) immediately makes me dubious), and my feelings were justified as, according to The Urantia Book, Adam and Eve rode giant “Fandors” (“passenger birds”) while in Eden;
74:0.1 ADAM AND EVE arrived on Urantia, from the year A.D. 1934, 37,848 years ago. It was in midseason when the Garden was in the height of bloom that they arrived. At high noon and unannounced, the two seraphic transports, accompanied by the Jerusem personnel intrusted with the transportation of the biologic uplifters to Urantia, settled slowly to the surface of the revolving planet in the vicinity of the temple of the Universal Father. All the work of rematerializing the bodies of Adam and Eve was carried on within the precincts of this newly created shrine. And from the time of their arrival ten days passed before they were re-created in dual human form for presentation as the world’s new rulers. They regained consciousness simultaneously. The Material Sons and Daughters always serve together. It is the essence of their service at all times and in all places never to be separated. They are designed to work in pairs; seldom do they function alone.
74:3.4 The third day was devoted to an inspection of the Garden. From the large passenger birds — the fandors — Adam and Eve looked down upon the vast stretches of the Garden while being carried through the air over this, the most beautiful spot on earth. This day of inspection ended with an enormous banquet in honor of all who had labored to create this garden of Edenic beauty and grandeur. And again, late into the night of their third day, the Son and his mate walked in the Garden and talked about the immensity of their problems.
Yikes. Just what the heck is this all about? From what I can tell, The Urantia Book is an obscure, modern religious text that attempts to meld Abrahamic religion with science and New Age mystic B.S., claiming that is supports evolution, but supporting it in a way that it is non-accidental and also allows Adam and Eve to ride around on Gigantoraptor in the Garden of Eden. I honestly had never heard of them before, nor any of their beliefs, and I am certainly not going to put the effort into reading through over 2,000 pages of unsubstantiated, ever-changing woo (although the book is entirely online for anyone who wants to hurt their brain).
This new information will perhaps be useful as a footnote in considering various creationist doctrines while I work on my book, but I’m not going to put much time or effort into such a poor amalgamation of spiritual nonsense. At least now I can promptly run away if I should ever hear a friend or acquaintance say “Have you ever read The Urantia Book? It’s really good!”