Book Review: The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood

A geologist’s book on flood geology but also includes insight into academic establishment resistance to non-flood geology theories. The author is respectful of Biblical views but displays a simplistic understanding of Biblical criticism. The book was very educational.

The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's FloodThe Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood

by David R. Montgomery

The book was very educational. I didn’t like the section on Biblical Criticism which comes off simplistic but as simplistic as some Biblical experts discuss geology. That is often my criticism of authors who try to expound on complexities outside of their area of expertise and miss the nuances and specialized knowledge in these areas. As noted, when non-scientists try to expound on the depths of biology, astronomy, and geology the chance of misinformation and inadequate handling of the evidence is increased.

The true geology portions are extremely interesting as is the discussion about scientific bias against other scientists who propose theories that contradict establishment thinking. Scientists collect data, evaluate the evidence, challenge hypothesis, and propose explanations but sometimes they also have to work within academic politics and structures that can inhibit the very exploration that should take place.

I think Montgomery handled the apparent conflicts between the Bible and the geological record in a way that respected religion and it’s contributions to geology. The book encourages Christians to consider geological evidence related to Bible events and presents observations that will resonate with old-earth creationists but be inconsistent with a young-earth creationist view of the world.

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