The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence

by Davis A. Young,
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co,
225 Jefferson Ave. SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 1995, 327 pages

One of the major problems involved in any aspect of Christian apologetics is that in order to show the validity of the Christian system, one has to rely on the current state of human knowledge. In the past, there have been conflicts between science and the Bible which were rectified when science corrected its misconceptions. There have also been those cases when a religious truth was believed to be factual and a scientific discovery proved it to be erroneous. This book deals with that situation. It is a historical study of Christianity's attempts to explain the earth's surface and structure in light of beliefs about the flood of Noah. Young is a believer who has extensive training in geology. What he has done in this book is to exhaustively study what people believed to be true of the flood and how the evidence seen in the earth influenced man's understanding.

This is not an attempt to prove or disprove the validity of the Flood. It does offer critical review of what people believed in the past about the flood and what their errors were. There is geological insight and an interesting study of how people in the past have used physical evidence in forming their beliefs; but the use of the book is confined to these areas of concern.

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