Think what tedious years of study, thought, practice, experience, went to the equipment of that peerless old master who was able to impose upon the whole world the lofty and sounding maxim that “Truth is mighty and will prevail”—the most majestic compound fracture of fact which any of woman born has yet achieved. For the history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sewn thick with evidences that a truth is not hard to kill, and that a lie well told is immortal.
But that was small potatoes compared to the falsehoods that spread thanks to people who seem to genuinely believe things that aren’t true. On a web program called Creation Today, young earth creationist author Darek Isaacs asserted that dragons are real because the Bible tells us so.
The Bible speaks about dragons. […] So we have to go to the Bible, and the Bible speaks about dragons. […] If dragons in fact were entirely mythological, if they were a figment of the imagination, and if they never ever did exist, then God just compared our adversary to a make-believe creature that never existed.
To the Greeks, a drakon was a really big snake. In Greek art, the “dragons” fought by Apollo, Heracles, Jason, and other are almost universally depicted as snakes. In early medieval art, so too is the “dragon” fought by St. Theodore, later assigned to St. George, by which point it had grown feet. The idea of a winged, fire-breathing creature comes in all likelihood from the application of “dragon” to the fire-breathing creature called a wyrm, or worm, in Old English. This was due to the old Indo-European analogy whereby worms were thought to be miniature snakes. In time, though, the distinction between a Classical and a medieval dragon was lost.