How the mystery of the Bible's greatest story shaped geology: a MacArthur Fellow presents a surprising perspective on Noah's Flood.
In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah’s Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating the world’s flood stories anddrawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientistsdiscovered the counterintuitive role Noah’s Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism. Steno, the grandfather of geology, even invoked the Flood in laying geology’s founding principles based on his observations of northern Italian landscapes. Centuries later, the founders of modern creationism based their irrational view of a global flood on a perceptive critique of geology. With an explorer’s eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science, Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the illusive nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today.
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About the Author
David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne Biklé, and Loki, their guide-dog dropout.
Table of Contents
1 Buddha's Dam l
Discovering evidence for an immense Tibetan flood shows the author that folktales can have an element of truth.
2 A Grand Canyon 15
A hike out of the deepest hole in North America reveals Earth's antiquity and fundamental problems with the creationist view of earth history.
3 Bones in the Mountains 31
Early Christians see evidence for Noah's Flood in fossils and rocks.
4 World in Ruins 53
Seventeenth-century savants lay the foundation for modern geology through imaginative theories of how God triggered the Flood.
5 A Mammoth Problem 79
Recognition of fossils as the bones of extinct animals invalidates grand Flood theories.
6 The Test of Time 93
An eighteenth-century Scottish farmer discovers geologic time and Christians reinterpret Genesis to accommodate an ancient world.
7 Catastrophic Revelations 115
Nineteenth-century geologists refute the idea of a global flood as the most recent of a series of world-shattering catastrophes.
8 Fragmented Stories 143
An introverted Englishman zealously reassembles cuneiform puzzles, proving that the biblical flood story is a Babylonian hand-me-down.
9 Recycled Tales 161
Scholars uncover the evolution of the Bible as anthropologists probe the roots of flood stories around the world.
10 Dinosaurs in Paradise 179
A trip to the Creation Museum sheds light on the twentieth-century resurrection of creationism.
11 The Heretic's Flood 201
A geologist rediscovers grand catastrophes and creationists refuse to believe geologists have discovered Noah's Flood.
12 Phantom Deluge 225
Modern creationists recycle seventeenth-century ideas to explain geological problems and miss the plate tectonics revolution.
13 The Nature of Faith 247
The greatest story never told-the way we read earth history shapes how we see the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Montgomery weaves his personal experience, the history of geology, biblical interpretation, and the interaction of science and Christian faith into a provocative and illuminating consideration of the Noah’s Flood narrative and its interpretation. He counters current Creationist claims in a balanced and respectful manner and highlights how questions from the Church spurred on geology and how geology spurred on theology and biblical interpretation. His consideration of flood legends across the globe with respect to geological events possibly related to the legends points to a multifaceted, informed understanding of human collective memory, culture, and understanding (including scientific understanding). This book is wonderfully written, though a bit redundant, and is readily accessible with little geologic, historical, and biblical background necessary. For those adept in these areas, the book is a nice review of the basics and certainly easily informs one on the less familiar areas. I highly recommend the book for those interested in the Creationist view, historical geology, the interaction of faith and science, the history of science, and flood legends.
Montgomery tells how various individuals and cultures attempted to explain Noah's flood, and along the way discovered the science of geology. He also explores the flood stories told by many cultures and offers explanations that involve local flood events, which are very likely, as opposed to a global flood which lacks evidence. The narrative flows well, making for a quick enjoyable read.
Thiss was a great book. I enjoyed it.
Please note publication date: 8/27/2012.