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by Davis A. Young

Category: Bible Study and Reference
Subcategory: Christian Books
Author: Davis A. Young
ISBN: 0802807194
ISBN13: 978-0802807199
Language: English
Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co; First Edition edition (March 1, 1995)
Pages: 341
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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.

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.

adapted from the book The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical .

adapted from the book The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence (Eerdmans, 1995) by Davis A. Young, an evangelical Christian geologist from Calvin College. And God said unto Noah, "The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. They evidenced little sense of the difficult problems posed by the discovery of the New World and were willing to make confident assertions about the universality of the deluge on essentially textual grounds. They uncritically accepted diluvialism because it reinforced traditional conceptions of the deluge.

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.

Davis A. Young is Professor of Geology at Calvin College. He is also the author of Creation and the flood: An alternative to flood geology and theistic evolution and The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence

Davis A. He is also the author of Creation and the flood: An alternative to flood geology and theistic evolution and The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence. He is also the son of Edward J. Young, Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Dedicated to the study of the early church interpretation of Genesis 1-11 from the close of the New Testament up until the death of. .The key issue is the role which extrabiblical evidence plays in the interpretation of Scripture

Dedicated to the study of the early church interpretation of Genesis 1-11 from the close of the New Testament up until the death of Augustine of Hippo. The key issue is the role which extrabiblical evidence plays in the interpretation of Scripture. Whether we recognise it or not, we all approach the text with our own pre-understanding of what it means, brought from our culture, life-experience, education, background, etc. As we read the Bible our pre-understanding is changed and when we read it again we see it in a new light. This process continues as we continue to study Scripture and is known as the hermeneutical spiral. Young," Isis 87, no. 1 (Ma. 1996): 146-147. The History of Science and the Science of History: Computational Methods, Algorithms, and the Future of the Field. Of all published articles, the following were the most read within the past 12 months. The History of Medicine and the Scientific Revolution. Gibson et al. Science and Orthodox Christianity: An Overview. Nicolaidis et al. Ten Problems in History and Philosophy of Science.

Настоящая история науки представляет собой отнюдь не триумфальное шествие На этом пути встречаются бесчисленные ответвления, боковые пути и даже тупики К тому же те, кто движет науку вперед, ученые, руководствуются н Жанр Научно-образовательная.

Published 1995: 327 pages. 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. 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.

The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church’s Response to Extrabiblical Evidence. Theology Today, October 1996, v53n3, pp. 401–404. Hammond, Allen, and Margulis, Lynn. Creationism as Science: Farewell to Newton, Einstein, Darwin.

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.
Comments to eBook The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence
Nirn
This is a book that everybody should read. In-depth and thought provoking.
Hi_Jacker
i thoroughly enjoyed this book, as i have another of his books; the bible, rocks and time. he treats the history with authority, and does so in a most gracious manner; so young earth people, don't be reluctant to purchase and read it, if you are wanting to be updated from Morris' the genesis flood.
Keath
The full title is, The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence. The subtitle is the subject of the book. Young takes us on a journey from what the early Hebrew and Christians thought about the Flood narrative in Genesis 6-9 and any discussion related to extrabiblical evidence, through the middle ages, covers the beginnings of modern science, and then spends some time in the 19th and 20th centuries. He recounts how various authors have attempted to deal with such issues as the number of animals on the Ark, this became especially problematic after the discovery of the Americas and the substantial increase in the number of known species.

The author shows that although the idea of a global flood was generally held through most of church history, by the early to mid-19th century almost everyone of significance had abandoned it due to the increasing evidence against it from the sciences of geology and biogeography. The few that continued to hold onto it mostly ignored the sciences and extrabiblical evidence.

It was in the early 20th century through the efforts of Seventh Day Adventist George McCready Price that flood geology began to make a comeback and that mostly due to misrepresentation of the scientific evidence. Influenced by Price and his writings Henry Morris and John Whitcomb teamed up and produced "The Genesis Flood." This book brought flood geology into the evangelical mainstream and originated the modern young earth creationist movement.

Young concludes his work with an epilogue expounding on the following seven observations.

1. Throughout church history a majority of biblical commentators across the theological spectrum incorporated relevant extrabiblical information into their interpretations of the deluge account.

2. Some commentators have avoided addressing extrabiblical information in their discussions of the deluge.

3. Some Christians who have interacted with extrabiblical data have responded in contrasting ways.

4. Commentators seeking to defend traditional ideas of the flood have been far too eager to appeal to miracles.

5. While implicitly acknowledging the importance of extrabiblical information to biblical interpretation, biblical scholars have frequently employed inaccurate or obsolete information.

6. Because of new extrabiblical evidence, new interpretations of Scripture have challenged older views that had been established for a very long period of church history.

7. The church is too often overly cautious and reactionary in handling extrabiblical information and desperately needs to develop an attitude and a hermeneutic that eagerly embrace the discoveries that are made in God's world.

The book ends with one appendix on the history of "arkeology" that is, the search for Noah's Ark. He shows that none of the expeditions have turned up anything.

This is a great book with the understanding that the author is an evangelical Christian and his primary audience is fellow evangelical Christians. There is much information that is helpful in understanding what various people have had to say about the Flood and the various evidences for or against it.

I would love to see this book reissued with maybe a chapter or two updating some discussion and some of the works that have been published since its publication and the author's response to some of the criticism from the young earth creationist community.

All in all, I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in the topic.
Tygrarad
Davis A. Young is Professor of Geology at Calvin College. He is also the author of Creation and the flood: An alternative to flood geology and theistic evolution,Christianity and the Age of the Earth, and The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth. He is also the son of Edward J. Young, Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1995 book, "As a professor of geology at a self-consciously Christian college with strong denominational ties... Quite often... I encounter those who are disappointed and distressed at what I say... I must not allow science to dictate my understanding of the Bible, they say... (this) has caused me to go back again and again to look closely at the Reformed theological tradition to which I belong. Has Reformed theology formally expressed such hostility to the use of extrabiblical information in interpreting the Bible?... I have attempted to sketch the broad outlines of the history of thought in the Christian world regarding the deluge narrative in the light of extrabiblical data..."

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"Modern searchers ... have mostly focused on a peak by the name of Mount Ararat... This is not the same Ararat referred to in early Christian tradition, however. Modern hunters of the ark appear to be looking in different places than the early Christians did." (Pg. 22)
"The discovery of all these new animals inevitably intensified the questions concerning the capacity of Noah's ark... Could the ark possibly have contained all these previously unknown animals? And how could species found only in the New World have traveled to the ark before the flood or returned after the waters subsided? Moreover, what could account for the fact that these species returned to their New World habitats in toto after the flood, without leaving any descendants behind in the Old World?" (Pg. 38)
"Those who insisted that all species of land animals had been preserved on the ark now had to include among them not only lions and bears but also mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths, pterodactyls, megalosaurs, iguanodons, hylaeosaurs, and a host of other extinct mammals. The prospect of an ark with pairs of forty-foot-long monsters aboard stretched the limits of credulity." (Pg. 123-124)
"Setting aside the issue of whether carnivores could have ceased being carnivorous during the flood time, (Hugh) Miller noted that ... Many insects had no wings and feeble locomotive powers, some gnats could only live for a few hours or days after losing their wings, and other insects live only upon plants. Getting all the animals to the ark posed staggering difficulties, and getting them all back after the flood posed equally staggering difficulties. How would the insects have returned, for instance? As wingless grubs?" (Pg. 149-150)
"(In a worldwide flood) Coral reefs would have been destroyed by the pressure of the rising water, and freshwater fish and terrestrial plants would also have perished." (Pg. 199)
"If a global flood destroyed all life except for one pair of each kind of animal, then the ... animals indigenous solely to North America ... would have had to migrate from North American to the site of the ark and, having survived the flood on the ark, would then have had to migrate back to North America. But there is no fossil record of these species outside of North America... Morever, these species are incapable of covering huge distances overland. Snakes and shrews are slow movers that also have specific habitat and food requirements... How could ... the star-nosed mole, which cannot survive outside boggy and marshy terrain, have made its way to the ark and back?" (Pg. 231)
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