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1.0 out of 5 stars This is an exceptionally bad book, June 30, 2008
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This review is from: Geology in the Bible: Earth's Evidence for Intelligent Design (Paperback)
I bought this book without very high expectations, and I was still disappointed. It is more a pamphlet than book, only 103 text pages of very large print. Rather than offering either a scientific discussion of how the science of geology relates to the Bible, or a scholarly study of how geological events are presented in the Bible, Billy Caldwell throws up his arms and proclaims that nobody knows.

Really, that is his only contribution. Page 12, "God's ways are beyond our ways and it is impossible for us to understand His decisions and methods." Billy cites Romans 11:33 here, which is a consideration of why God allowed sin to exist. This is a clear example of the level Billy has studied the Bible.

Consider these verses;

Psalm19:
1The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge. (New American Standard Bible)

Psalm 85:11 reads, "Truth springs from the earth; and righteousness looks down from heaven" (NASB). The Hebrew word for truth, emet, basically means "certainty and dependability."

The Bible demands believers to acknowledge that God is truthful and forthright. The Bible demands that believers acknowledge the physical creation as an honest testament to God's existence and nature.

Instead, Billy offers up the long discredited "appearance of age" argument. This is the notion that God made the Universe old and worn. It isn't really old- it just looks old (pg. 13-14, 17).

Romans 1:18-23 asserted that the physical universe is a true testament to God's nature.

18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19. because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
20. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
21. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22. Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23. and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

The "wise" in verse 22 referred to astrologers in particular, and verse 23 is reference to the worship of Roman, and Egyptian gods. Some creationists like to falsely claim these verses refer to "Darwinists," but of course there were no evolutionary scientists 2,000 years ago.

So the "appearance of age" is antiscriptural.

Billy also tells us that "If you took an element and purified it completely, it would probably shine. God is so pure, He shines with atomic love." (pg. 15)

That is the level of Billy's science. Just one counter example will do- carbon. Pure carbon can either be solid black as graphite, or clear as diamond. Neither "shine" at any rate. Billy also claims that there are dinosaurs alive today, citing those two great scientists Kent Hovind (currently in jail for tax evasion) and Carl Baugh (pg. 19). Both Hovind and Baugh claim doctorates from unaccredited mail-order "colleges." By the end of the pamphlet, Billy is frothing that Satan was the inspiration of science, and that demons cause disease. Maybe Billy played too much Dungeons and Dragons and he thinks he needs a 10th level Clerical spell instead of an antibiotic.

I will use this book in the future as an example of how ignorant creationists are and why they will sadly stay that way.
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Initial post: Jan 30, 2009 10:31:17 AM PST
I also found this book so bad I wouldn't bother writing a review. This REVIEW was excellent and most helpful in heading off those who are looking for something intelligent ore even something to support Creationist thinking that is well written. This book is neither. I was, however, disappointed with the reveiew's last sentence as follows.

"I will use this book in the future as an example of how ignorant creationists are and why they will sadly stay that way."

Much too broad of a statement.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2009 7:54:17 PM PST
Gary S. Hurd says:
I am sometimes discouraged.

In my defence, this book is not the worst of its kind, and there are creationists who will read it uncritically accepting all its flaws.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 6:15:13 PM PST
I am baffled. How could any accredited institution grant a PhD to a geologist who believes the earth is less that 10,000 years old? How could any college hire a professor to teach that the apparent age of the earth is a deception of a supreme being? What intellectual curiosity and critical thinking abilities is he imparting to young minds at Tarrant County College? What unadulterated codswallop!

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 7:33:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2013 7:34:54 AM PDT
Thank goodness there are some really educated scientists that love the Lord and believe in the inerrancy of Scripture!!!
Me, I just look at Creation and know in my heart and soul there is a God who created it!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2014 10:31:22 AM PST
Berecca says:
I agree, the last statement was a generalization. As I have not read the book, I can say nothing about its accuracy, however it seems that most people reviewing thought it was terrible.
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