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The Genesis Flood : The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications
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Author John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris
Country United States
Language English
Subject Flood geology
Genre Earth science
Published Philadelphia, Penna.
Publisher Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing
Publication date
Media type Hardbound
Pages xxv, 518.
OCLC 296433
Followed by The Genesis Flood : The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications, 2nd printing.

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THE GENESIS FLOOD presents a new and powerful system for unifying and correlating scientific data bearing on the earth’s early history. Frankly recognizing the inadequacies of uniformitarianism and evolutionism as unifying principles, the authors propose a Biblically-based system of creationism and catastrophism. They stress the philosophic and scientific necessity of the doctrine of “creation of apparent age,” as well as the importance in terrestrial history of geologic and hydrologic “catastrophes,” especially that of the great Deluge inscribed in the records of the Bible and in the legends of early peoples all over the world. The book is careful and courteous in its treatment of opposing viewpoints, and is thoroughly documented and up-to-date.

The uniformist approach to the study of earth history has proved unable to explain many of the most important physical structures and phenomena, a fact which has become of increasing concern to geologists and other scientists in recent years. At the same time, archaeological discoveries in the Near East have stimulated a growing confidence in the reliability of the historical data recorded in the Bible. These two important facts amply warrant a serious study of the possibility of reorienting the pertinent scientific data within the framework of Biblical Creationism and Catastrophism.

The authors, each of recognized scholarship in his own field, contend that this approach will ultimately provide a more satisfactory basis for the correlation of all pertinent scientific data than does the present uniformist-evolutionist approach. Consideration of their evidence will make an intensely fascinating and thought-provoking study for the open-minded reader. The publishers believe that The Genesis Flood will prove to be one of the most widely-discussed and possibly one of the most significant books of our times.

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John Whitcomb, Jr. and Henry M. Morris

JOHN C. WHITCOMB, JR., is Professor of Old Testament at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. His undergraduate education was completed at Princeton University where, after a two-year delay while in military service, he received the A.B. degree, cum laude, in 1948. He earned the B.D. degree in 1951, the Th.M. in 1953, and the Th.D. in 1957, all at Grace Theological Seminary. Dr. Whitcomb has contributed articles to several theological journals and to The New Pictorial Bible Dictionary, The New Bible Dictionary, and The Encyclopedia of Christianity. He has written the commentaries on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther in the Wycliffe Bible Commentary (Moody Press), and his Chart of Old Testament Kings and Prophets (4th edition, 1962) is being used in nearly 200 colleges and seminaries. Dr. Whitcomb is the author of Darius the Mede: A Study in Historical Identification (Eerdmans, 1959).

HENRY M. MORRIS has been Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute since 1957. His education includes a B.S. from Rice University “with distinction,” in 1939, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, in 1948 and 1950, respectively. He spent three years with the International Boundary and Water Commission, first as Junior Engineer, then as Assistant Hydraulic Engineer, followed by four years on the civil engineering faculty at Rice. He was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota during the period 1946-1951, and was Professor and Head of the Civil Engineering Department at Southwestern Louisiana University from 1951 through 1956. A full Member of Sigma Xi, an Honor Member of Chi Epsilon, and a Member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, all honorary societies, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the American Association for Advancement of Science, and holds professional memberships in the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Geochemical Society, the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage Research, and others. Dr. Morris is Chairman of the Applied Hydraulics Committee of the American Society for Engineering Education, is a member of various other regional and national committees, and has biographical listings in six different “Who’s Who” publications.

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Geologist. JOHN C. McCAMPBELL (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, formerly on Geology faculties at Rutgers and Tulane, now Professor and Head, Dept, of Geology, University :: Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana):
The authors have dearly shown that the Bible teaches a unique Creation and subsequent worldwide Deluge, and that the major facts of geology and other sciences can be satisfactorily oriented within this framework ... A volume such as this offers us the challenge to begin to think carefully and creatively concerning the great issues with which it deals.

Chemist. E. H. HADLEY (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Professor of Chemistry, Southern Illinois University, recently Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Afghan Institute of Technology in Kabul, Afghanistan):
After studying this book, I can heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in the study of the Biblical story of the creation of the earth. It is a thoughtful, well-written book which will be well worth your time to read. I recommend it without reservation.

Geneticist. WALTER E. LAMMERTS (Ph.D. in Genetics, University of California, formerly on faculty of University of California at Los Angeles, now Horticultural Consultant to Germain's, Inc., at Livermore, California):
The authors clearly show that the earth’s scarred surface and deeper geological structures resulted from sudden catastrophe. Uniformitarian theories of geology simply do not explain them. Likewise, biological variability of surviving units occurred rapidly, within specific generic limits, as the earth was repopulated.

Archaeologist. MERRILL F. UNGER (Ph.D. in Semitics and Biblical Archaeology. Johns Hopkins University, and Th.D, Dallas Theological Seminary; author of numerous books, now Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Seminary):
A stimulating and accurate exposition of what the Bible says about the Noahic Flood, a brilliant and compelling challenge to the theories of modern uniformitarian geology, and desperately needed discussion on a crucial point of the alleged clash between Scripture and Science.

Geophysicist. L. A. M. BARNETTE (B.S., and Ch.E., Rice University, geophysicist with the Humble Oil Co.; 27 years in the petroleum industry, including ten years research in geophysical and stratigraphical identification techniques):
A superb record of the indelible facts imprinted on the face of the earth by the world-wide catastrophic flood of Noah’s time. Remarkably complete, well-documented, accurately, analyzed, truly scientific!

Theologian. OSWALD T. ALLIS (Ph.D., University of Berlin, academic degrees also from University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Princeton Theological Seminary; formerly, in Dept. of Semitic Philology at Princeton Seminary and Professor in Old Testament Dept, at Westminster Seminary; author of numerous books):
The universality of the Flood, formerly very generally accepted, is now emphatically denied by most geologists and anthropologists; and many Biblical scholars hold that it is not taught in the Genesis account. In the present volume a scientist has dealt with the one problem and a theologian with the other. They have sought to face all the available facts and to deal with them adequately and honestly. Their conclusion is that the Flood was a cosmic phenomenon. This book will confirm and strengthen the faith of those who agree with them; and those who are firmly persuaded that their view is impossible should be willing to examine this comprehensive and scholarly work.

Biologist. EDWIN Y. MONSMA (Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Calvin College):
This book clearly shows the fallacy of the uniformitarian interpretation of past history and in doing so strikes at the very heart of evolutionary thinking. In treating the various means of age determination, it seeks to find a solution in harmony with the Divine word. It is a most valuable contribution at a time when uniformitarian interpretations of creation are generally accepted.

Engineer. GORDON J. VAN WYLEN (Ph.D., Mass. Inst, of Technology, author of Thermodynamics, now Professor and Chairman, Dept, of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan):
This book warrants the careful consideration of all those concerned with the relation between Christianity and Science. The treatment of the presuppositions of much current scientific thinking is excellent and the proposed Scriptural framework for historical geology should encourage scholarly contributions based on Christian presuppositions.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreward by John C. McCampbell
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter I. Basic Arguments for a Universal Flood
  • Chapter II. Basic Arguments Against an Anthropologically Universal Flood
  • Chapter III. Basic Non-Geological Arguments Against a Universal Flood
  • Chapter IV. Uniformitarianism and the Flood: A Study of Attempted Harmonizations
  • Chapter V. Modern Geology and the Deluge
  • Chapter VI. A Scriptural Framework for Historical Geology
  • Chapter VII. Problems In Biblical Geology
  • Appendix I. Paleontology and the Edenic Curse
  • Appendix II. Genesis 11 and the Date of the Flood
  • Index of Subjects
  • Index of Names
  • Index of Scripture
  • List of Illustrations and Diagrams