There are several ways by which one might tackle this grand question. For today's post, I'd like to explore the types of animals mentioned in the Bible and see whether this information might shed light on the matter at hand. Estimates place the total number of species mentioned in the Bible at around 120. A quick perusal of these species leads one to the incontrovertible fact that these were all indigenous to the region. In other words, the Bible does not mention animals from other regions of the world, or animals that had long been extinct. To put it more concretely, the Bible does not mention contemporary animals such as the platypus (Australia), the giant Harpy eagle (Venezuela), the Amazon River dolphin (South America), or the leopard seal (Antarctica). It also fails to mention extinct animals such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Fukuiraptor, or Dimetrodon.
The Bible is the best-selling book in the history of mankind. For billions of people throughout the world, its origins are considered divine. For many intellectuals who are otherwise non-believers (e.g., Richard Dawkins), the Bible is construed as a valuable compendium of literary narratives, worthy of study without needing to imbue it with a divine tag. So, does the Bible derive from divine origin or are its time-specific and geo-specific contents indicative of a more lowly man-made creation?