The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood (Hardcover)

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A comparison of flood stories from around the world shows how science, theology, mythology and folklore intersect. The writing is smooth and engrossing, the research impeccable. A fascinating, well-reasoned exploration of how humans explain the natural world — Louise Jones


How the mystery of the Bible's greatest story shaped geology: a MacArthur Fellow presents a surprising perspective on Noah's Flood.

In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah’s Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating the world’s flood stories and—drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists—discovered the counterintuitive role Noah’s Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism. Steno, the grandfather of geology, even invoked the Flood in laying geology’s founding principles based on his observations of northern Italian landscapes. Centuries later, the founders of modern creationism based their irrational view of a global flood on a perceptive critique of geology. With an explorer’s eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science, Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the illusive nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today.

About the Author

David R. Montgomery is a professor at the University of Washington and a MacArthur Fellow. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Praise For…

Examining a wide variety of flood and creation stories across centuries, Montgomery provides an enthusiastic and valuable recounting of the history of geology and how the advances in science have consistently faced opposition from the guardians of so-called religious authority, based on a literal reading of the Bible.
— Kirkus Reviews

Montgomery... offers a thorough critique of creationist worldviews... while treating his opponents with respect, reflecting on both ancient and modern debates and demonstrating that Christians have been arguing among themselves about these subjects for millennia. ...The combination of historical study and humility on behalf of geology makes for an extremely persuasive work. Highly recommended.
— John M. Kistler - Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393082395
ISBN-10: 0393082393
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 27th, 2012
Pages: 320
Language: English