Peter Young The Biblical Flood

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The Biblical Flood

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Using the biblical flood as an example, Young contends that the church has not always handled evidence well in grappling with scientific matters and issues a call to biblical scholars to interpret the Genesis text more rigorously in light of current scientific knowledge. Young has done a thorough search of theological literature to show how the biblical flood has been viewed by Christians throughout the history of the Church. He also gives a good analysis of extra-biblical evidence, such as archaeology, geology, historical writings, and biogeography. Current opposition to this evidence is similar to the resistance to Galileo's non-geocentric model of the world. Young shows how such evidence has been previously used to explain the Bible.

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In recent years, the search for the remains of Noah's Ark as archeological and historical evidence of the biblical flood has been a popular preoccupation among many Christians. Yet, ironically, ever since the pathbreaking scientific discoveries of Darwin and Lyell, many of these same Christians have been reluctant to look deeply into the extrabiblical evidence offered by paleobiology, geology and paleontology. Young, who teaches geology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., engages in a rather exhaustive survey of attitudes about the flood, from ancient Near Eastern history to recent theories and commentaries on the story of the deluge, to demonstrate the ambivalence toward extrabiblical evidence that has always existed in the Christian community. The great value of the text is in its interdisciplinary nature, for Young here examines not only theological materials about the Genesis account but also explores the history of science. In short, this is a brilliant book that offers a fine starting point for anyone wishing to go beyond the superficiality of the current crop of books on Noah and the flood.
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