- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Kregel Publications (April 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0825444217
- ISBN-13: 978-0825444210
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
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The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah's Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? Hardcover – April 27, 2016
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Features hardcover format, sturdy pages, and glossy photographs.
Includes extensive and biblically-sourced research.
Contains visually spectacular photos.
Every page stuns and educates.
… irenic in spirit, scientifically informed, and biblically sound. (Paul Copan Palm Beach Atlantic University 2016-02-01)
A must read for anyone interested in the direct testimony of Creation itself on the history of our world. (David R. Montgomery, Author of The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood 2016-02-01)
The various authors of this book have done us all a tremendous service in their patient and clear exposition of geological thinking about the Grand Canyon (a magnificent place in it own right!). (C. John "Jack" Collins Covenant Theological Seminary 2016-02-01)
…richly illustrated, superbly organized, and exceptionally readable overview of the Grand Canyon. (John W. Geissman, President Emeritus Geological Society of America 2016-02-01)
This important book must be carefully considered by everyone involved in the debate about the age of the earth. (Wayne Grudem Phoenix University 2016-02-01)
The authors, most of whom are Christians, have systematically contrasted the claims of so-called ‘flood geologists’ with the actual details of Grand Canyon geology. In doing so, they have utterly demolished the flood hypothesis with an avalanche of geologic evidence sufficient to fill a canyon. (Davis A. Young Calvin College 2016-02-01)
The Grand Canyon … is terrific. It is a comprehensive primer on geology as we know and practice it… Everyone on Earth should be aware of what this book contains as a science text, as well as a rationale for employing scientific methods to a basic understanding of anything natural. (John Warme Colorado School of Mines 2016-02-01)
About the Author
Carol Hill is the author of scientific articles on the Grand Canyon published in Science, Geology, Geosphere, and other journals, as well as Christian apologetics articles for Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith. She has been featured both on NOVA and National Geographic’s Naked Science.
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Now, having read this masterpiece, I'm greatly impressed with the thoroughness of her work, and the work of the other authors throughout. It is very readable with easy to verify facts and illustrations. The photography is first rate, showing the beauty of the canyon while providing understanding to the evidence. Unlike what I have encountered with those of the differing views, there are no attacks and no name calling. (And I have personally attended and "endured" many hours in silence while listening to lectures from the opposite side . . . and discovered no humor when attempts were made to be at least friendly and cordial.)
Many years ago, our family attended lectures at a local church given by Henry Morris expounding on his views of the flood . . . let's just say that the evidence did not then, nor now, support Morris' teaching. This book clarifies the YEC views and puts each to the test of the demonstrable facts, in word, in illustration, and photograph, without being unkind nor insulting.
Recently, I purchased a second copy to loan out, not willing to lose our autographed gift copy. The first loan is to a friend that works as a researcher for the Park Service, and when offered, he immediately borrowed my second copy without hesitation. I'm anxious to hear his comments when he returns from a trip.
This later became a sticking point for some Christians and a small group of Christian "flood geologists" who continue to insist that the earth is only 6000 yrs old. The current volume addresses the geological question by examining the Grand Canyon which is often touted as a model of flood geology by young earth creationists.
Written by 11 scientists, this book contains exquisite pictures and details on the formation of sedimentary rocks, folding and faulting of rocks, erosion and deposition, radiometric dating, and fossils. The authors systematically weave this information together to explain the formation and age of the canyon, while also demonstrating the futility and lack of coherence of the single flood hypothesis.
As a science teacher I believe that this book makes an excellent teaching resource, not only on the topic of flood geology, but on the science of geology (especially as it relates to sedimentary formations) and the formation of the Grand Canyon.
Also see my remarks in the comments below.
I love to read about science, and it's been a while since I've had the pleasure of reading a general-interest science book that's so richly illustrated without also being dumbed down. The photos and illustrations are well-matched, and they add clarity, rather than being chosen as filler. My reaction after reading this book is that the authors shared a common purpose to produce a work of the utmost quality. The book is written at a reading level of early high school, but I know many younger students who would devour this book, as the illustrations make it very approachable for just about any age group.
The book opens with a foreward giving a brief history of the discovery and exploration of the Grand Canyon and of geology as a science. Did you know that the very first geologists were Christians who were seeking evidence of Noah's flood?
The main part of the book is divided into five sections. Each section is comprised of two to eight articles written by pairs of authors with expertise in the area being addressed. The sections are:
1. Two Views. Here the authors describe, in fair terms, the tenets of "flood geology" -- the idea that most of the rock layers we see on Earth, including those in the Grand Canyon, were laid down during various phases of Noah's flood. They follow this up with the basics of modern geology as a science. I am personally familiar with both ideas and I've seen them compared before in a couple other books, but I've never seen these two models comparatively illustrated so well.
2. How Geology Works. Now the authors dive into quite a bit of detail about the science of geology, and not in a dry fashion. They pose very real questions that anyone might ask about WHY scientists reached the conclusions they do. Christians or otherwise! Why do they draw certain conclusions about these rock layers and their ages? What do they know, and not know? How do they approach the evidence? Whatever position you've taken, if any, before you pick up this book, you need to give this section a fair shake.
3. Fossils. What are the specific fossils found in the Grand Canyon and elsewhere? What ramifications do these have for flood geology?
4. Carving of the Canyon. So far they've covered how the layers were laid down, as described by both the geological sciences and by flood geology. Now they turn to the carving of the canyon itself. Was it done by a lot of time and a little water (relatively speaking), or a little time and a lot of water?
5. A Verdict on Flood Geology. Make no mistake, the authors are supporting a specific argument. Does flood geology hold water? Can they back it up? And does geology as a science have any bearing on the Christian worldview?
The book ends with many pages of references, author bios, and praise from other geologists and Christian theologians alike.
Add me to the list of those who give praise -- but not to the book. To God who created this beautiful place.
To the authors: thank you for capturing the Grand Canyon so beautifully, and with a very real heart for the Lord.