This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

Issue Features
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 8/1/2003

What Day Did God Make Penguins?

by  Digger Doug

Dear Jordyn,

Good question! We do not know many of the details of the Creation, and we cannot know exactly what day God created the penguin. It is interesting that Genesis 1:21 says that God made the “winged birds” on Day 5. While the penguin does have wings it seems that the birds specified in Genesis 1:21 might have been only flying birds. We must realize that even though we divide up animals into certain groups, and we give those groups names, God divides up animals differently. Bats have wings, and are sometimes included as birds in the Bible, yet scientists do not consider them birds. Whales, which are considered mammals, were probably created on Day 5 and included with fish. Other animals also defy the classifications given in Genesis 1; amphibians, such as frogs and salamanders, live in water half their lives, and on land the other half. Were they made on Day 5 or 6? Insects live everywhere—land, sea, and air. When were they created? 

We cannot answer these questions because God did not tell us. The im-portant thing to remember is that God made everything in six, 24-hour days. Whether or not he made the penguin on day 5 or 6 is not as important as knowing that God made the penguin!

Copyright © 2003 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

Defending the Faith Study Bible

We are very excited to announce the NEW AP Defending the Faith Study Bible now available.

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio