During my 30 years as a recovering evolutionist, I’ve spent lots of that time thinking about the role of the great animals we call dinosaurs. My old ideas were basically dumped after learning about the great flood of Noah. At the same time, my sensibility about them persisted that there was some sort of vestige of a constantly mutating biosphere. Old ideas that had been the basis of a portion of my view of reality. I knew that the evolution tale was pretty much toast after reading Michael Denton’s, “Evolution, a Theory in Crisis”. Other than that, I’ve not read much of any other creationist, or intelligent design literature since.
What I have begun to understand, was that revelations given to the writers of the Bible were in a basic, easily remembered format that could be passed along faithfully until the right person could be able to pen them. They are simple accounts with the basic information that describe very profoundly important events. Even very young children have little difficulty understanding them. The events are revealed from the Creator’s perspective in which time has a totally different meaning.
Does a day refer to 24 hours? Or, to a rotation of the Milky Way galaxy? Or is it a simple way of saying a period of the Creator’s activities? The only way we can make any guess is to rely heavily on the dubious assumption of “uniformitarianism” or the notion that the physical laws effecting us today are universal and have remained absolutely uniform in every way throughout time.
Anyway, we do know that there was a somewhat extended period of time in which great beasts we call “dinosaurs” occupied much of this planet. Perhaps tens, or hundreds of thousands of 365 day periods that we today consider to be “years”. To insists that the Genesis 6 days of creative activity was accomplished as 6 24 hour periods as men see “days” is to not appreciate how the Creator would perceive those “days”. After all, we frequently use the expression, “dawn of a new day” to mean an extended period of time well beyond the 24hr period.
I suspect that the Biblical series of “dawns of new days” refer to “ages” in the universe’s history. The Bible is God’s book and so it should be read respecting His perspective, not just our own. Free from the time-glut of spontaneously generated life imagined by Darwin and his followers, we can view the age of the great lizards in an entirely more rational way. There was likely a time period in which the planet was being prepped for human habitation. As I mentioned already, there was likely an “ecological succession” of creative activity that was employed to get all the environmental conditions in place. The generation of nitrogen/oxygen atmosphere. The formation of soil and a stable temperature range suitable for carbon-based life. The creation of a stable food source of animals and plants and all the necessary ecology that is needed to sustain them.
There was a tremendous amount of “foot work” involved to get the ball rolling so man could be introduced onto the scene. The dinosaurs were definitely an important part of that. Sort of like a biological vegetation processing plant. Without man in the picture, giant creatures could be introduced and allowed to go about the tasks of setting the stage for a gentler ecology to be introduced later that would be accommodating to humans.
The dinosaurs were His amazing servants roaming the earth for that period of time hard at work- working the earth and making it a suitable place for us. When their work was done, they went extinct one way or another. Preparing this planet for human habitation was a big job and big animals were given the task. We should be very thankful for them and the insightfulness and skill of the One that created them!