William Stukeley, the Royal Society, and a Plesiosaur

Although atheists and other anti-creationists try to avoid inconvenient truths, some of us still try to present them. First, many insist that creationists lack the intellectual prowess to be scientists. We show them that many great scientists of the past were Christians, even biblical creationists.

Then they may whine that we are discussing dead people, so we tell them about modern scientists that are biblical creationists. No, they are disqualified because the only true scientists are materialists. Lather, rinse, repeat, they move the goalposts like they were jet propelled.

Plesiosaur skeleton, Flickr / Kim Alaniz (CC by 2.0)
In 1660 London, the Royal Society was formed to encourage the development of natural philosophy (the earlier term for what is now called science). While some sidewinders say that biblical creation science was initiated fairly recently, the Royal Society had members who believed the Bible, including recent creation and the Genesis Flood.

One of their members was William Stukeley. He was extremely learned in several areas, and was quite bothered by the influences of atheists and Deists on modern science. Stukeley used his knowledge to combat them. Also, he was one of the first to examine a partial plesiosaur fossil — before such creatures were known. What he said about the fossil mirrors modern biblical creation science.

William Stukeley (or Stukely) (1687–1765) was born in Lincolnshire, trained as a doctor, then as an Anglican cleric, and . . . is sometimes considered the father of archaeology and was also committed to defending the biblical account of creation and the Flood in the early 18th century. He was opposed to both deists and atheists through his studies and research. He rose to become a member of the Royal Society, where he was acquainted with Sir Isaac Newton. . .

The entire article is found at "William Stukeley, and an early 18th century plesiosaur."