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Monday, September 16, 2013

Don't Miss the Boat

{Read a preview here}

Don't Miss the Boat: Facts to Keep Your Faith Afloat by Paul Taylor is a guide to the biblical account of the Great Flood in an understandable format. It includes theological considerations, historical essays, scientific implications, and fictional representations to give readers an overview of the events surrounding the Flood. Don't Miss the Boat contains illustrations, photographs, graphs, and charts as well as a list of study questions, rounding out the easy-to-read style of the text.

Chapters include descriptions of the ancient world, both pre- and post-Flood, scientific facts about the changes to the environment, the reasons why our society stopped believing in the Flood, and the modern Creationist movement.

Particularly interesting are the explanations of the history of the ancient world and how certain events have influenced our world today:
"The result of the arrogant and sinful actions of the citizens of Babel was tat differences in languages were created by God. Today, we recognize that there are distinct language groups that bear no relationship to each other -- a fact that is problematic for those with an evolutionary view of language development.  This confusion of languages forced the people of the world to do what they should have done voluntarily -- scatter over the face of the earth. 
As they moved, they took their ideas with them. The principle error of the Babel people was to attempt to get to the heavens without God. The tower unto the heavens was probably a means of worshiping the stars and constellations, as if they were gods. This pagan practice is exactly what is suggested by Paul in Romans 1, as a natural consequence of failing to obey the true God.
As these people groups scattered, they would carry with them allusions to the pagan worship at Babel. Thus, structures like Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, and Carnac, in Brittany, France, are aligned in remarkable ways to various astronomical events, such as the Solstice sunrise.  The attempted worship of the created, rather than the Creator, is a common theme of such structures built by the early Babel diaspora. Such structures include Zimbabwe (in the country that was named after these remarkable stone buildings), Mayan temples, and Mesopotamian ziggurats. The people groups that created these religious yet scientific structures also have legends about the Flood" (p. 62).
The author also points out that when God created Adam, he created him as an intelligent person who was able to understand literal language and abstract concepts. Adam did not evolve, but was created as a civilized and cultured person.

Mr. Taylor explains that ancient civilizations were clever and advanced, and he cautions Christians that "weird and wacky ideas about ancient visits by space travelers or beings from other dimensions" are not biblical (p. 55). Evolutionary thinking has permeated so much of our world, that we need to be reminded that "God is in control and that His Word is true" (p. 55).

Don't Miss the Boat is an excellent tool for strengthening your faith and for gaining a better understanding of the biblical account of the Great Flood. It is written so that readers do not have to be biblical scholars to comprehend it, and the clear explanations are supported by evidence, making this book a good resource for students.

{The publisher provided a review copy for my honest opinions.}