Jesus rides a dinosaur
There seem to be people who believe that dinosaurs weren’t extinct at all when Jesus walked the earth. It’s hard to stomach, but the Beginner’s Bible Coloring Book clearly endorses this belief. I actually assumed that this was fake, but a background check on the internet didn’t yield much. Seems to be quite the elusive coloring book.
Anyway, I found the (both mental and actual) image of Jesus riding a dinosaur so hilarious that I couldn’t resist doing a small papercraft project on the theme:
The whole idea is rooted in the creationist ‘earth is 5000 years old’ credo, and assuming a sufficiently vivid imagination, the rest follows naturally. From a European perspective, where not even the most extreme religious fundamentalists dispute the theory of evolution, the American obsession with creationism and evolution is quite bizarre.
Well, here is to hope the faithful Jesus on a dinosaur model will facilitate dialog and mutual understanding between creationists and biologists.
If you want to build this, take care to get the center of gravity right: Since our little raptor is bipedal, he is prone to falling over if not balanced properly. I strongly suggest to glue a small coin to the center, like so:
Also, take care to align the legs properly, so that our dino and his holy master are more or less upright and stable. Another option would be to glue the raptor to a base plate, which would solve all stability problems. However, although not incredibly stable, the model will stand freely, and I find it looks nicer without a base plate.
I should mention that Jesus can dismount his dino friend, but he doesn’t look that good dismounted:
If you want to build this, you can download the PDF template here. If printed on US letter or DIN A4, this will result in a model about 10cm high.