Darwinists believe that dinosaurs lived from 230 million until 65 million years ago and that they are all currently extinct (except for birds, which many scientists consider to be descended from early therapod dinosaurs). They claim the fossil evidence supports their beliefs.
Some Christians reject the Theory of Evolution and the mainstream scientific consensus of the age of the earth. (Other Christians have no problem with Evolution; for example, Pope John Paul II has proclaimed that the theory is 'more than just a hypothesis' and that evolution is compatible with Christian faith .) Of those Christians who reject evolution, the Young Earth Creationists believe, based primarily on Biblical evidences, but also drawing on archeological and fossil evidence, that dinosaurs were created on the 6th day of the Creation Week, between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago; that they lived in the Garden of Eden in harmony with other animals, eating only plants; that pairs of various dinosaur baramins were taken onto Noah's Ark during the Great Flood and were preserved from drowning; that fossilized dinosaur bones originated during the mass killing of the Flood; and that some descendants of those dinosaurs taken aboard the Ark still roam the earth today.
Because the term only came into use in the 19th century, the Bible obviously does not use the word "dinosaur." However, they are mentioned in numerous places throughout the Good Book. For example, the behemoth in Job and the leviathan in Isaiah are almost certainly references to dinosaurs.
- John Paul II, [http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_jp02tc.htm Address Oct. 1996, "Truth Cannot Contradict Truth"
- Genesis, 1:25
- Genesis 1:29-30
- "Were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?", Answers in Genesis
- "Dinosaur bones—just how old are they really?", Creation 21(1):54–55, December 1998
- "Are dinosaurs alive today?", Creation 15(4):12–15, September 1993
- "Could Behemoth have been a dinosaur?", TJ 15(2):42–45, August 2001