From the author: In the introduction, I said that this book is not mainly about religion, not in the usual sense. “It’s less likely to take you to church than into the lives of ordinary persons who have encountered extraordinary flying creatures, and into the lives of Christians who have risked their health, even their lives, in searching for living pterosaurs.” Yet faith in God and belief in the Bible, beginning in my childhood, surely influenced decisions and perspectives that led me, at age fifty-five, to travel to Papua New Guinea alone in 2004. When I wrote “raised my doubts about Darwin,” I referred to the belief, popular in Western societies, in molecules-to-man evolution, in which the small and simple evolve into the large and complex. I’ve never heard of any person who doubts all aspects of all forms or types of changes over some period of time. Yet the beginning of the first chapter focuses on causes of my developing perspective: what prepared me for a future expedition, and that included disbelieving Darwin’s idea about the origin of life.
Copyright 2014  Jonathan David Whitcomb
Getting into the meat of the book: starting Chapter 1
Duane Hodgkinson (in recent years a flight instructor and pilot) & his army buddy, saw a “pterodactyl” on the mainland  of  New Guinea, in 1944, after the Japanese had left the area.
Author on an expedition in Papua New Guinea
Beginning of the first chapter
Searching for Ropens and Finding God
The British biologist Evelyn Cheesman was not promoting belief in living pterosaurs in her report of strange flying lights in New Guinea, in the early 20th century. But the entomologist told us exactly what she had observed, and later, after her passing, a number of others put this into perspec- tive: bioluminescent pterosaurs, ropens.
Brian Hennessy saw a huge “prehistoric” flying creature in New Guinea, in 1971. No, he is not crazy: He is a psychologist.
David Woetzel saw a strange flying light on Umboi Island, even though he could not make out any feature or form of what made the light. His 2004 expedition was only a few weeks after the author was on that same island, also searching for a living pterosaur.
What was called “New Guinea” many years ago is now the nation of Papua New Guinea.