There Go the Dinosaurs (Chick tract)

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There Go the Dinosaurs is a tract written by the evangelist Jack Chick, concerning the fate of the dinosaurs and the fate of mankind if they do not accept Jesus Christ. It was released to the public in September, 2007.

Tract walk-through

The "dragon" hunt

(Panel 1)

A closeup of a reptilian face displaying a look of horror.

  • Dinosaur: (thinking) "Gasp... I think he saw me! I've got to hide!"


(Panel 2)

A "dinosaur hunter", with a spear in his hand, runs out of the forest towards two of his companions.

  • Dino hunter 1: "I saw one... I saw one... Everybody follow me!"
  • Dino hunter 2: "Grab your weapons!"

Comment: It is unclear, based on the clothing worn by the dinosaur hunters, exactly what time period the beginning of this comic is meant to be depicting. All appear to be wearing shoes, and some wear vests, peasant shirts, and some sort of hat or head covering.


(Panel 3)

The dinosaur is shown climbing a mountain towards the clouds at the peak.

  • Dinosaur: (thinking) "If I can get into the clouds, I'll be safe. I'm so tired, I have to rest."


(Panel 4)

Another dinosaur hunter points to large footprints on the ground.

  • Dino hunter 3: "I see her tracks... This way!"


(Panel 5)

Again we see the dinosaur, stopping just a few feet away from the protection of the cloud cover to deliver some exposition.

  • Dinosaur: (thinking) "I can hear them... they're getting close! A few more feet and I'll be safe."


(Panel 6)

A close-up of the dinosaur's face, framed by clouds.

  • Dinosaur: (thinking) "Thank goodness I'm in the clouds. Nobody can see me now."


(Panel 7)

A dinosaur hunter points off-panel at something he's spotted, while another looks on behind him. Judging from the axe and spear hoisted over their shoulders, we assume that there is a gang of more hunters behind them.

  • Dino hunter 3: "I think I see her."
  • Dino hunter 1: "Where?"
  • Dino hunter 3: "Look!"


(Panel 8)

A wide shot of the dinosaur's body sticking out of the cloud — it has foolishly hidden only its head. A dino hunter stands behind it, brandishing a spear and shouting "HAW!"

Comment: Chick's attempt at humor. If this were a video cartoon, this would probably be the place where you hear the muted trumpet go "WAAAH—waaaaaaahhh..."

Note also the use of "HAW!" for laughter here, which is a trademark of many Chick comics. In most cases, it's an expression of cruel laughter, such as that of a demon, criminal, evolutionist, or other "bad guy".


(Panel 9)

Dino hunters climb down the mountain in pairs, carrying large slabs of dinosaur meat lashed to poles. A child and his dog greet them as they pass.

  • Dino hunter 2: "Yummy dino-burgers tonight."
  • Child: "Yeah, my favorite!"
  • Dino hunter 1: "This will take us 36 trips."

Comment: Continuity error: Later panels in the comic claim that dinosaurs were called "dragons" during this time period, and were not renamed "dinosaurs" until 1841 — yet one of the hunters in this panel refers to the meat as "dino-burgers."

Why is it so hard to find dragons anymore?

(Panel 10)

A child and his grandfather are seated at a table. The child is holding what appears to be a shish-kebab.

  • Child: "Grandpa... why is it so hard to find dragons anymore?"
  • Grandfather: "They're a dying breed. Who knows? You may be eating the very last one!"


(Panel 11)

CAPTION: Where did the dinosaurs go?

An angry looking professor stands before a class, pointing to one of many dinosaur posters behind him.

  • Professor: "Millions of years ago... ...only the dinosaurs ruled the world."


(Panel 12)

The professor clutches his fist angrily.

  • Professor: "Do you know what killed them? A giant comet hit the earth!"
CAPTION: Is that how the dinosaurs died?

Comment: This is an example of the typical Chick professor caricature — balding and bespectacled, with a tweed jacket, bow tie, and bad attitude. The only thing missing this time are the patches on the elbows.


(Panel 13)

CAPTION: No! It's all a story told by people who don't trust God.

A scene of the Garden of Eden, with a faceless God standing before Adam, Eve, and several species of animals, including a large and small dinosaur.

CAPTION: And God should know. After all, He was there.


(Panel 14)

CAPTION: So what did God say happened?
God created man, animals, and plants — in the same week!* They were created, not evolved.

A scene of various species of animals, including an elephant, lion, zebra, peacock, and stegosaurus.

CAPTION: That includes the dinosaurs.
FOOTNOTE: See Genesis 1:1-2:3 Bible-icon.png


(Panel 15)

CAPTION: God said that only the fruit of one tree was off limits.

The forbidden tree of knowledge is shown, with a tiny Adam and Eve beneath it. On either side of the panel we see God's admonishing hand on the left, and a large, legged serpent on the right.

CAPTION: But Eve wanted to try it, and Satan saw her weakness. He pushed her, and Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Mankind was lost.*
FOOTNOTE: See Genesis 3 Bible-icon.png

Comment: It should be noted that the name Satan is never mentioned in chapter 3 of Genesis — or, for that matter, anywhere else in the entire book of Genesis. The tempter in the Adam and Eve story is always addressed as "the serpent."


(Panel 16)

CAPTION: God turned away from them. They were thrown out of the garden.

A caveman, arms akimbo with a large club in his right hand, stands over the bloody body of someone he has apparently just killed. From the captions, we are to assume that the standing figure is Cain, and the deceased one Abel.

CAPTION: Their firstborn killed his godly little brother.* From there, everything went down hill.
CAPTION: Look what happened next →
FOOTNOTE: Genesis 4:1-16 Bible-icon.png

Comment: The resemblance between Cain and Fred Flintstone is uncanny.

By the way, it is never made clear in the Bible why Abel is considered more godly than Cain — or why Cain's offering of vegetables is less acceptable in God's eyes than Abel's animal sacrifice.


(Panel 17)

CAPTION: They rejected God and created their own gods. Before long, the whole world was filled with wickedness.

A statue of a reptilian monster stands on the left side of the panel with a burning brazier in his lap. On the right, a group of worshipers prepares to sacrifice a baby into the fire. It appears as if the baby's mother is in the panel as well, clutching at the child, but this isn't clear.

CAPTION: "Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5 Bible-icon.png

Comment: This panel seems to suggest that human sacrifice is a bad thing — and it most certainly is — but remember that God suggested it as a test to Abraham in Genesis 22:2-10 Bible-icon.png and even demands it of Jephthah in Judges 11:29-39 Bible-icon.png.

So far, this tract has depicted a reptile luring mankind into original sin and a group of people sacrificing babies to a reptile god. Could the subtext here be that dinosaurs are causing much of humanity's problems?


(Panel 18)

CAPTION: God is righteous. He must punish sin. Yet He gave them 120 years to repent. Everyone ignored Him except Noah.

Noah stands before some unrepentant people. In the background, we can see the ark being constructed.

  • Noah: "Turn from your wickedness!"
  • Crowd: (in unison) "Shut up!"
  • Unrepentant person: "Why should we?"
CAPTION: God had him build a ship that could hold every kind of animal in the world.


(Panel 19)

CAPTION: God put dragons* and other animals in the ark... because the mother of storms was about to hit.

Two pairs of large dinosaurs walk obediently side-by-side into the loading bay of the ark; behind them, a smaller pair of mammals follow, completely unfazed by the large creatures ahead of them.

CAPTION: When they got inside, God shut the door.**
FOOTNOTE: * In 1841 they were renamed "dinosaurs"!
FOOTNOTE: ** See Genesis 7:16 Bible-icon.png


(Panel 20)

CAPTION: The storm hit, the earth went into convulsions, the underground water shattered the earth's surface, the canopy of water above the earth collapsed.

We see the ark, rolling waves below it, dark skies and lightning above it.

CAPTION: Plants, animals and people were drowned and sandwiched with the dinosaurs into layers of mud and rock, except...


(Panel 21)

CAPTION: Those dinosaurs that were in the ark were "fruitful and multiplied" like other animals.

This panel is a touching scene, with a small dinosaur hatching from an egg, saying "Mama!", and the mother dinosaur looking over it and sniffing with a tear in her eye, thinking "He's beautiful!"

CAPTION: But now the dinosaurs had a big problem... THE AIR HAD CHANGED!

Comment: Excuse me?


(Panel 22)

CAPTION: Remember those trillions of destroyed plants? They made the air rich with oxygen. And big animals need lots of it to survive.

Two dinosaurs, one stegosaurus-like and one brontosaurus-like, cough as two volcanoes spew smoke and ash into the air.

CAPTION: In the thinner air it was harder to breathe — they got slower and easier to catch.

Comment: Easier to catch by what? Other big dinosaurs? Large, carnivorous mammals? Humans? Wouldn't they also be slower?

This panel presents an interesting theory, but overlooks why all dinosaurs went extinct, including small ones, while other large animals such as elephants, hippopotamuses, and rhinoceroses survived in the new, thinner air.

Where there's smoke(screen), there's FIRE!!!

(Panel 23)

We are returned to the child and his grandfather who are enjoying some dinosaur (or is it dragon?) kebabs.

  • Child: "Grandpa, I wish I could have seen the earth, and that beautiful garden before the flood!"
  • Grandfather: "That's the price of sin, my boy!"
CAPTION: Now you know how the dinosaurs really died. Because of sin, the Lord destroyed the earth by water*.
CAPTION: But the next time...
FOOTNOTE: 2 Peter 3:5-6 Bible-icon.png

Comment: Did God destroy the entire earth and nearly all life on it because of the sin of humans alone? Doesn't that seem like a huge overreaction? Why not just punish humans but leave other life untouched?


(Panel 24)

CAPTION: IT WILL BE BY FIRE!

This panel contains a picture of FIRE!!!

CAPTION: But the day the Lord will come... the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also... shall be burnt up." 2 Peter 3:10 Bible-icon.png
CAPTION: AND THAT'S NOT ALL...

Comment: How much would you pay for FIRE!? Don't answer yet, because you also get...


(Panel 25)

CAPTION: You must know... Every person born on this planet from Adam until the end...

A perspective scene from over the right shoulder of the faceless God sitting on His throne, looking down on a tiny human kneeling before Him.

CAPTION: ...will bow down before the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil. 2:10-11 Bible-icon.png


(Panel 26)

CAPTION: Do you know who Jesus really is?

The same scene as the last panel, but from a different perspective. Now we are behind the kneeling human, looking at him and the faceless God in front of us, almost as if we are the next in line to kneel before Him.

CAPTION: If you ignore him... you are doomed
CAPTION: He is God Almighty — He is God the Son — He will rule the world at His second coming — He will judge the nations — When you die he will judge you!
CAPTION: The whole world will see Jesus coming in power and great glory.


(Panel 27)

CAPTION: There are two lessons you must learn from the flood:
CAPTION: #1 God punishes sin*

A scene of the Great Flood — a woman crawls on all fours across a rock as a huge wave is about to crash down on her. In the midst of the wave we can make out the form of a triceratops.

FOOTNOTE: *Romans 3:23 Bible-icon.png, Ezekiel 18:4 Bible-icon.png
CAPTION: All that talk about dinosaurs and comets is just a smokescreen to hide what really happened.


(Panel 28)

CAPTION: #2 God provides a way out*

A picture of the ark, floating on the floodwaters. A ray of light shines upon it from the sky above.

FOOTNOTE: *Romans 6:23 Bible-icon.png, 2 Peter 3:9 Bible-icon.png
CAPTION: But your enemy has put up another smokescreen to hide the amazing escape plan God has for you!
CAPTION: See for yourself →


(Panel 29)

CAPTION: At the perfect time in history, God sent his Son from heaven... ...to a world that didn't want Him.*

The faceless God and Jesus stand on a cloud in space, looking over at the earth as God points to it.

FOOTNOTE: * John 1:10 Bible-icon.png
CAPTION: He was obedient, even though He knew saving the world would cost Him His life!

Comment: Since Jesus Christ and God are the same, then he was really only being obedient to himself. Likewise, knowing it would cost him his life would mean little when he also knew that he would be resurrected and ascend into heaven afterwards - if he truly was God, there was no way that he could not have known this. That's not very much of a sacrifice.

(Panel 30)

CAPTION: God's prophets knew He was coming. Even the angels announced His birth.*

A scene of the nativity - the manger in the distance, the star hovering above it and casting a guiding light down upon it. In the foreground, a man makes a heated point to two others and a donkey.

FOOTNOTE: Luke 2:8-18 Bible-icon.png
CAPTION: No one but a few dirty shepherds paid any attention.

(Panel 31)

CAPTION: His arrival changed the world. The Creator stepped into His own creation as one of us.*

Jesus stands before a kneeling woman in the distance, gesturing for her to leave and saying "Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more!"** In the foreground, a hand drops a stone.

CAPTION: The religious world went ballistic!
FOOTNOTE:*Phillipians 2:7 Bible-icon.png ** See John 7:53-8:11 Bible-icon.png

Comment: This scene shows the well-known "cast the first stone" story in the first part of John chapter 8.

How are we, as imperfect humans, supposed to sin no more? Isn't this a command that is impossible for us to follow, especially with loopholes like 'Thinking about sex counts as adultery' and 'Hating someone counts as murder'?

(Panel 32)

Four Jewish men are seen talking in a small circle.

  • Man 1: He healed the sick.
  • Man 2: ...casy out devils!
  • Man 3: He raised the dead and cleansed lepers! But He won't listen to us!
  • Man 4: Jesus must die!
CAPTION: Jesus said something so horrendous that the shock waves hit into the 21st century. It was the turning point in history when Jesus said...

(Panel 33)

Jesus stands before a group of people with his arms outstretched.

  • Jesus: "I am the way, the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the father, but by me.*"
FOOTNOTE: John 14:6 Bible-icon.png

Comment: A 'turning point' in history that has managed to only appear in one historical record, the Holy Bible.

What 'shock waves' have been felt in the 21st century from this statement? Does it really offend anyone to quote this scripture from the Bible anymore?

(Panel 34)

CAPTION: The word was out: Jesus was really the Jewish Messiah, the son of God in the flesh.

An angry high priest, Judas, and a guard stand together.

  • High priest: Arrest Him!
  • Judas: I know where He is.
  • High priest: Follow Judas!


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