- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Waters of Creation Publishing; 1St Edition edition (June 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615815375
- ISBN-13: 978-0615815374
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Douglas Van Dorn is the author of Waters of Creation: A Biblical Theology of Baptism and Galatians: A Supernatural Justification. He has pastored the Reformed Baptist Church of Northern Colorado since founding it in 2002. He co-hosted the radio show Journey's End in 2011-12. He is a member of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America and presently serves on its Administrative Council. He has been married to his extraordinary and beautiful wife Janelle since 1994. They have been blessed with four amazing girls and One gracious and loving God. He has climbed all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft. mountains and also Mt. Rainier in Washington.
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First, let me assure you that Van Dorn is not some kind of imaginative, spiritual wanderer who has created a story in his mind seeking to support it with Biblical arguments. No, rather the author devotes an extensive introductory section carefully exegeting multiple scriptures in an attempt to first understand what the Bible is trying to tell us. He also does an excellent job summarizing how Jews in the New Testament era and Christians have historically interpreted the key passages in Genesis. I know Doug personally and assure you that he views scripture as the authoritative, inspired word of God and would loathe the mishandling of scripture or speculation that detracts from the Glory of Christ ; in "Giants" he seeks to derive his understanding of this story from what the text says.
Van Dorn allows that there are different ways of interpreting this story in Genesis, but holds out that the most Biblically faithful way to view it is that spiritual and human beings did in fact conceive offspring, which were giants. Holding to that view he then re-examines the Biblical narrative from pre-flood times through the time of Abraham and the patriarchs, Israel's conquest of the land of Canaan to the famous story of David and Goliath and uncovers whole new levels of understanding and nuance in these Biblical narratives, if in fact sons of gods really did come down to earth and marry daughters of men.
Following from this interpretation of the Biblical storyline, Van Dorn traces the age old struggle between the offspring of Eve and Satan, culminating – as the promise to Eve was given – in Jesus Christ, the only begotten (an important word here) Son of God achieving total and complete victory over Satan.
Van Dorn’s writing is supported by the work of others. He is not the sole voice exploring this weird possibility, but rather provides extensive references, footnotes and appendixes citing the scholarship of others from the modern era all the way back to extra-biblical commentaries and texts prior to the time of Jesus.
Be warned, for those of us so engrossed in the physical realm, this book stretches the mind to consider what is really possible and what really exists in the spiritual realm. Read the book and draw your own conclusions.
President, Transform Minnesota: the evangelical network
The amount of research that went into this book, which is displayed in great depth in the end-notes, is truly unbelievable. This is no speculative fantasy - it's a well documented journey that starts with evil, and ends up where it should - Jesus Christ. That's the relationship it carries to us, and Van Dorn's concern for the "story" (true!) that reaches through the entire Old Testament and continues today should make our spines tingle. Early on in the reading of this book, someone asked me what I thought so far, and my response was, "creepy, but in a good way." If what the author presents is indeed factual, (and he makes a very strong case that it is) then the ramifications are truly chilling. Ancient DNA manipulation? Creatures so terrifying that the movie industry wishes they could come up with them? It's all here, and it all speaks to the ancient truth of good versus evil, where ultimately, the King of King's seals the final victory. If THAT isn't practical, I don't know what is.
Every chapter builds on the last, and gives a tour of Scripture that so many have missed or glossed over for so many years. If it doesn't convince you fully, it will at least make you think real hard about not only how you view Genesis 6, but the entire world - let alone the Bible! There is so much nonsense and fascination with the supernatual in the world today, it's great to see a book that presents the truth in a way that doesn't over-extend into conspiracy theory, but also doesn't deny that there are things in this world that need to be understood.
Overall, the book is WORTH the read, whether you are a skeptic, a believer, or someone just interested in the subject matter, - you won't go away disappointed. Money well spent.