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 theworld’s flood stories and - drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists - discovered 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 foundingprinciples 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, andh ow it changed through history and continues changing, even today.
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I really enjoyed this book. I have never believed in the Noah's ark fable, I have read of this tale being told in many different cultures throughout history. One would assume that ancient people could have only described floods at a level of their current understanding of the world. A god being the default filler of explanation. One would also assume that stories passed along through the generations would be embellished. I am amazed that modern people continue to believe in fables when our current understanding of world answers many of the questions with rock solid evidence. Facts ignored are still facts.
This book takes the reader around the world examining ancient floods, provides supporting evidence of how life has evolved, how continents, mountains and land formation have been created...showing that the rocks don't lie.
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Religion drives science which drives religion
It made me aware of the extent to which the religious beliefs of the day influenced scientific interpretations.
It could have used a better editor and tightened up the narrative. At times it just went on and on. Overall, though, a very thought-provoking narrative.