Dr. Kent Hovind (born 1953), called "Dr. Dino" because his expertise is in dinosaurs, is a prominent and controversial young Earth creationist. He founded Creation Science Evangelism Ministry in 1989 and has a doctoral degree in Christian education from Patriot University.
In 2001, Hovind opened a theme park in Pensacola, Florida called Dinosaur Adventure Land, filled with exhibits putting forth a case for Young Earth Creationism.
Critics of Hovind question the quality of his doctoral thesis and the academic standards of the university from which he received it, believing both to be subpar for institutions of higher learning.
Hovind has been criticized by fellow Young Earth Creationists for repeatedly using arguments that are unsound both Biblically and scientifically.
He is currently serving a ten-year term in U.S. federal prison for 58 tax offenses, obstructing federal agents and related charges. Hovind has maintained that there should have been no taxes because he runs a religious organization.
Hovind, with his son Eric Hovind, had released a set of videos titled "Answering the Critics" whereby they answered some common criticisms of themselves, usually from Internet sources. Hovind claimed he did not want to answer all the critics because he believed many critics criticize him without wanting to get any answers from him, so it was best to ignore them and continue preaching to those who really want to listen.
Hovind is well known for his standing US$250,000 offer to anyone who can "prove evolution". The offer has gone unclaimed. Contributors at TalkOrigins, a pro-evolution web-site, have pointed out that Hovind's challenge includes not just biological evolution but also abiogenesis, cosmology and other things, and have claimed that the challenge is worded in a way that makes it impossible to fulfill since it requires proving the negative statement that "evolution" is the only possible explanation for the existence of life.
- Karen Bartelt, Ph.D. "The Dissertation Kent Hovind Doesn't Want You To Read."
- Wieland, Carl, Ham, Ken, and Sarfati, Jonathan, Maintaining Creationist Integrity October 2002
- "10 years for 'Dr. Dino'", Michael Stewart. Pensacola News Journal, 19 January 19, 2007
- Answering the Critics #1
- Isaak, Mark, (Ed.) Claim CA341, 2006