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The '''Unicorn''' is likely purely a mythical beast, commonly depicted as resembling a white horse with a single horn grown out of its forehead.<ref>http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/unicorn</ref> However, recently the discovery of a single horned deer is causing a reexamination of the unicorn issue.<ref>http://news.softpedia.com/news/039-Unicorn-039-Deer-Spotted-in-Italy-87847.shtml</ref> Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, stated the following regarding the single horned deer: "This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly," he said by telephone. "It's not like they dreamed it up."<ref>http://news.softpedia.com/news/039-Unicorn-039-Deer-Spotted-in-Italy-87847.shtml</ref>
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[[Image:unicorn.vinycomb1907.png|right|Heraldic rendering of a unicorn|200px]]
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The '''Unicorn''', from the [[Latin]] ''ūnicornis''  meaning "one-horned", is commonly thought to resemble a white horse with a single horn growing out of its forehead.<ref>http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/unicorn</ref>
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The unicorn is generally held to be a horned member of the horse [[baramin]], however a growing number of Creation researchers are theorizing that the unicorn is actually a member of the [[triceratops|ceratopsian]] baramin.[[Image:reem.png|Remains of hypothetical two horned ceratopsian ''re-em'']]
  
==Unicorns in the Judeo-Christian Tradition==
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The existence of unicorns has been documented from at least 3000 BC in places as far apart as China, the Indus valley and India. The Ancient Greeks also knew of unicorns as is shown in descriptions of the creature by Pliny. Unicorns are mentioned in the [[King James Version|King James]] [[The Bible|Bible]] nine times<ref>http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/read/what_about_the_unicorn_and_the_satyr</ref> and have, since at least 200 AD, been a comon feature of Christian art and symbolism, often in [[heraldry]] where they are portrayed as having the body and head of a horse, the tail of a [[lion]], the limbs and hoofs of a stag, and a twisted horn growing from the forehead.<ref name="vinycomb">''Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art with special reference to their use in British Heraldry'', by John Vinycomb, 1907</ref> It is typically used to symbolize virtue of mind and strength of body, but has also been used as an emblem of [[Christ]] as the horn of our [[Salvation]].<ref name="vinycomb"/> In 1389 AD the German priest John of Hesse, while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, witnessed a unicorn water-conning near Mount Sinai. In 1567 AD Vincent Le Blanc saw a unicorn at Mecca. In 1800 AD ancient primitive depictions of unicorns were found in a cave in Namaqualand, South Africa and in 1820 Major Latter of the British Army saw unicorns in Tibet.
  
The word "unicorn" is included in the text of the [[King James Version|King James]] translation of [[The Bible]] nine times<ref>http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/read/what_about_the_unicorn_and_the_satyr</ref>.  Many other versions translate the ancient texts differently.
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==Unicorns and Secular Science==
  
Popular opinion is that Unicorns are mythical, however some [[Young earth creationism|young earth believing]] [[Christian apologetics|Christian apologists]] have advanced various arguments that the biblical Unicorn was not a fantasy animal and that the animal did not have one horn. <ref>http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v14/i2/unicorn.asp</ref> In the original texts, unicorns go by the [[Hebrew]] name ''Re-em'' whereas the [[Greek]] [[Septuagint]] used the word ''monokeros'', meaning "one-horned".<ref name="dinobible">[http://www.genesispark.com/genpark/bible/bible.htm "Dinosaurs in the Bible"], Genesis Park</ref> The English word "unicorn" is derived from the [[Latin]], ''ūnicornis'', also meaning "one-horned".
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Secular science rejects the overwhelming eyewitness testimonies and Biblical truth, preferring instead to regard the unicorn as a mythical creature. Often suggesting that prevous reliable reports of unicorns were mistaken observations of other creatures, such as the single horned deer recently seen in Italy.<ref>http://news.softpedia.com/news/039-Unicorn-039-Deer-Spotted-in-Italy-87847.shtml</ref> Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, stated the following regarding the single horned deer: "This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly.” Atheistic scientists also gloat over how narwhal tusks, with their distinctive spiraled shape, have often been mistaken for or advanced as unicorn horns in the past.
 
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While popularly characterized as a horned member of the horse [[baramin]], it is likely that the "unicorn" was actually quite un-horselike. One recognized theory is that "unicorn" actually refers to a [[rhinoceros]], and a growing number of Creation researchers are theorizing that the unicorn was actually a member of the [[triceratops | ceratopsian]] baramin. However no fossil evidence of unicorns has been found to date.<ref name="dinobible"/> In the past, narwhal tusks, with their distinctive spiraled shape, have often been mistaken for or inaccurately advanced as unicorn horns.
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<div style="text-align:center">[[Image:reem.png|Remains of hypothetical two horned ceratopsian ''re-em'']]</div>
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==Symbolic & Heraldic Usage==
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[[Image:unicorn.vinycomb1907.png|right|Heraldic rendering of a unicorn|200px]]
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Unicorns in [[heraldry]] typically have the body and head of a horse, the tail of a [[lion]], the limbs and hoofs of a stag, and a twisted horn growing from the forehead<ref name="vinycomb">''Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art with special reference to their use in British Heraldry'', by John Vinycomb, 1907</ref>. It is typically used to symbolize virtue of mind and strength of body, but has also been used as an emblem of [[Christ]] as the horn of our [[Salvation]]<ref name="vinycomb"/>.
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==Artificial Unicorns==
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==Liberal deceit==
  
In 1984 the U.S. patent office granted patent number 4,429,685 to Timothy G. Zell for his development of a surgical procedure to create a "unicorn" from a horned animal<ref>Patent 4,429,685 [http://colitz.com/site/4429685/4429685f.htm]</ref>. The basis for the patent was "Lancelot the living unicorn" (actually a goat) bred by Timothy "Otter" Zell and his wife Morning Glory Zell<ref>Lancelot[http://www.lair2000.net/Unicorn_Dreams/Unicorns_Man_Made/unicorns_man_made.html]</ref>.
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In 1984 the U.S. patent office granted patent number 4,429,685 to the [[liberal]] Timothy G. Zell for his development of a surgical procedure to create a "unicorn" from a horned animal.<ref>Patent 4,429,685 [http://colitz.com/site/4429685/4429685f.htm]  The basis for the patent was "Lancelot the living unicorn" (actually a goat) bred by Timothy "Otter" Zell and his wife Morning Glory Zell.<ref>Lancelot[http://www.lair2000.net/Unicorn_Dreams/Unicorns_Man_Made/unicorns_man_made.html]</ref>
  
 
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Heraldic rendering of a unicorn

The Unicorn, from the Latin ūnicornis meaning "one-horned", is commonly thought to resemble a white horse with a single horn growing out of its forehead.[1] The unicorn is generally held to be a horned member of the horse baramin, however a growing number of Creation researchers are theorizing that the unicorn is actually a member of the ceratopsian baramin.Remains of hypothetical two horned ceratopsian re-em

The existence of unicorns has been documented from at least 3000 BC in places as far apart as China, the Indus valley and India. The Ancient Greeks also knew of unicorns as is shown in descriptions of the creature by Pliny. Unicorns are mentioned in the King James Bible nine times[2] and have, since at least 200 AD, been a comon feature of Christian art and symbolism, often in heraldry where they are portrayed as having the body and head of a horse, the tail of a lion, the limbs and hoofs of a stag, and a twisted horn growing from the forehead.[3] It is typically used to symbolize virtue of mind and strength of body, but has also been used as an emblem of Christ as the horn of our Salvation.[3] In 1389 AD the German priest John of Hesse, while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, witnessed a unicorn water-conning near Mount Sinai. In 1567 AD Vincent Le Blanc saw a unicorn at Mecca. In 1800 AD ancient primitive depictions of unicorns were found in a cave in Namaqualand, South Africa and in 1820 Major Latter of the British Army saw unicorns in Tibet.

Unicorns and Secular Science

Secular science rejects the overwhelming eyewitness testimonies and Biblical truth, preferring instead to regard the unicorn as a mythical creature. Often suggesting that prevous reliable reports of unicorns were mistaken observations of other creatures, such as the single horned deer recently seen in Italy.[4] Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, stated the following regarding the single horned deer: "This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly.” Atheistic scientists also gloat over how narwhal tusks, with their distinctive spiraled shape, have often been mistaken for or advanced as unicorn horns in the past.

Liberal deceit

In 1984 the U.S. patent office granted patent number 4,429,685 to the liberal Timothy G. Zell for his development of a surgical procedure to create a "unicorn" from a horned animal.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

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References

  1. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/unicorn
  2. http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/read/what_about_the_unicorn_and_the_satyr
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art with special reference to their use in British Heraldry, by John Vinycomb, 1907
  4. http://news.softpedia.com/news/039-Unicorn-039-Deer-Spotted-in-Italy-87847.shtml