James Flory's MEMORY-HOLED BOOK REVIEWS

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Month: June, 2012

SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE by Dr. Henry Morris

Originally published in 1946 and later revised, this is a concise, well referenced book, this is not an exhaustive tome but rather meant as an introduction to the subject. Henry Morris is also the author of the more well known (in Christian circles) “The Genesis Flood.” In this work, the subject matter is more varied and summative.

Morris recites and discusses the many verses from the Scriptures which are not only in accord with historically recent findings from various branches of modern science, but were also uncannily prescient of them. Verses of Scripture which make claims long ago alluding to and by now confirmed by modern astronomy, geophysics, hydrology, and biology are all discussed. There is, of course, the requisite chapter dedicated to refuting evolutionism, and another chapter confirming the Great Deluge, with Morris consistently appealing to known scientific facts to accomplish both. Another chapter finds Morris briefly delving into recorded history to confirm the Scriptures, and finally, Morris finishes up with a compendious chapter on prophecy and the stupdendous mathematical impossibilities that all the Scriptural prophecies, especially all of the Messianic ones, should be fulfilled.

Henry Morris was obviously a very scholarly man who knew his science, knew his Scripture, and was a competent, clear writer as well. It was rewarding and edifying to read this.

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6/2012

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POISON DROPS IN THE FEDERAL SENATE by Zach Montgomery

This was written way back in the 1880s. Zach Montgomery seems to have been that rarest of all breeds of people: an honest lawyer. Indeed, he even gave up law in order to devote himself to the material he writes about in this book.

He was an early cassandra-type of American, railing against the historically novel, but rapidly burgeoning communistic American public education system. Montgomery even calls it communistic several times, and this was back in the 1800s, recall. This work is full of crucial and mostly forgotten American history; it is replete with even more significant, and even more ignored, damning statistical evidence which shows vividly and irrefutably that the American public school system, which Montgomery unfailingly calls the “anti-parental school system,” creates much more crime, suicide, insanity, poverty, and sickness, than the older and more traditional (and more Scriptural) American way of education, that is, homeschooling and private school. This raw factual evidence is easily the most important and attention-grabbing part of the book, and the numbers Montgomery cites are staggering. They are epic in their proportion; and they are undeniable.

And yet so few heeded Montgomery’s warning. He apparently was something of a brilliant orator, but he was obviously too much of a visionary maverick to ever sway the masses–because he just made too damned much sense. (Where have we heard that before?)

It is interesting that Montgomery had left his native Kentucky and later did all of his educational reform work while a citizen of the state of California, for he shows how eager California was to outdo the state of Massachusetts in furthering the communistic American public education system. Massachusetts gave birth to the system; California, apparently more than any other state, very soon adopted this Massachusetts communistic system–with the same dire results, all of which were blamed by ignorant fools on other scapegoats, even as they are today. Few then seemed to realize, and even fewer today seem to realize, that it’s simply the vile nature of the system itself, and nothing else.

I cannot heap enough superlatives on this book. It was exquisitely prescient, and it remains extraordinarily relevant and right in its contentions today. Montgomery’s work is apparently known in certain homeschooling circles today, but prior to hearing about it from podcaster and Mosaic law teacher George Gordon, I had never before heard of it, and I haven’t heard of it from anywhere else since. Which is an appalling shame, for Montgomery had the solution to today’s massive education problems in our society. He had it even back then. Over a century ago. But nobody wants to give a damn. Everybody just assumes that what we’ve go today is what we’ve always had in this country, that this is the natural and only way to educate, etc.

If there is any slight flaw in this work, it is that Montgomery demonstrates several times that he didn’t understand the fundamental totalitarian nature of Romanism. Montgomery, an iconoclastic Romanist himself, believed in a fictional Romanism that allowed for personal freedoms, even and especially the freedom of a parent to decide how best to educate his own child. What can you do? I just shake my head when I read paragraphs like this. Here, I am reminded of Charles Chiniquy’s book “Fifty Years in the Church of Rome.” Like Montgomery, for the longest time, Chiniquy likewise didn’t understand the nature of the beast whose belly he was in.

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6/2012

AFTER THE FLOOD by Bill Cooper

A phenomenal book. Quite extraordinary. Bill Cooper is an Englishman (and not the late American Bill Cooper of “Hour of the Time” shortwave fame) and a member of the Creation Science Movement, and he wrote this in 1995. Unless he has written another one, this is his masterpiece.

Cooper examined the genealogical records and literature of ancient European peoples. He evidently examined them quite exhaustively, though this book of his can be read in a couple of days. Cooper shows how these ancient European peoples all traced their lineage back to Japheth, son of Noah. It is a rather startling confirmation of the account given to us in the Book of Genesis, and provides more evidence for the Earth being a whole lot younger than the modernistic darwinian philosophy would have us believe.

Cooper also shows from the ancient records how Darwinism is not modern at all, but is actually a rehashing of a philosophy once taught by a few ancient Greek teachers.

Cooper also provides much evidence from these bygone records which does indeed seem to show that dinosaurs and humans lived together on the Earth at the same time. Admittedly, there are minor flaws in this section of the book, as Cooper has a tendency to jump to unwarranted conclusions a bit too much here, and one photograph that he provides is of too poor quality for the reader to visually verify what he is claiming. Notwithstanding, the totality of this material too is quite compelling.

Almost all, if not all, of the ancient source material from which Cooper is drawing comes from written records which have been dismissed by modernist scholars as being all or nearly all fictitious. If Cooper does one thing best throughout this work, it is this: He rationally and repeatedly demonstrates how these modernist scholars are evincing unreasonable bias when dismissing these ancient records.

The genealogical charts which Cooper provides are quite intriguing indeed.

The writing is very clear and so this is very readable. Cooper has obviously spent much time in researching these ancient records before setting down his pen to write. He surely seems to have discovered yet another way to confirm the Book of Genesis. He writes with an aplomb that is sure to antagonize any darwinian materialist.

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6/2012

THE FLOOD: In the Light of the Bible, Geology, and Archaeology by Alfred Rehwinkel

This book was published in 1951 but it is just as relevant today as it was then. Rehwinkel’s quite advanced education was in theology. However, the man was obviously very astute and knowledgable in expounding upon archaeology and geology. While this book on the Noahic Flood is not as broadly scholastic as Henry Morris’s somewhat more famous book, it is nevertheless very erudite in these two secular sciences, and I am told it remains a standard today in whatever vestiges may remain of conservative Bible Colleges.

In what is probably the most remarkable chapter of an overall remarkable book, Rehwinkel describes in good detail the multitudinous tribes of peoples all around the world who have, in their distant ancestral tradition, an account of a great global flood. What is intensely interesting is the fact that a great many of these peoples have never had any contact with one another. Atheists have long argued that the Flood account in Genesis 6 was merely copied from the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, but Rehwinkel shows that argument to be untenable.

Rehwinkel shows how untenable are many other atheistic/darwinian claims as well. This is highly recommendable to anyone seriously seeking to understand man’s ultimate origins, anyone who is willing to consider the possibility that the dogma of Darwinism might just be a case of the emperor having no clothes.

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6/2012

PLAUSIBLE DENIAL by Mark Lane

In the early 1980s, Mark Lane, a lawyer who many years previously had worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential election campaign in the New York area, was approached by the publisher of the Spotlight at the time, one Willis Carto, to defend the newspaper against a defamation suit launched by notorious CIA dirty tricks impresario, E. Howard Hunt. The Spotlight had published a scathing article, full of both damning historical facts linking E. Howard Hunt to the JFK assassination. (Note: As might be expected of the Spotlight, nowadays known as the American Free Press, for those familiar with that newspaper, the article was also filled with a number of totally unreliable, sensationalistic predictions about Hunt and the CIA which never came to pass.) The article claimed with certitude that E. Howard Hunt had been in Dallas on the date of the JFK assassination, something which Hunt had always denied. Hunt sued over this. Originally, Carto’s lawyer was either corrupt or incompetent, and the result was that Hunt was awarded $650,000, and the Spotlight was threatened with bankruptcy.

However, Carto was able to have the case tried again due to a legal technicality, and this time Carto secured the services of Mark Lane, the author of this book. Lane was known to Carto because Lane had been one of the first, and one of the most credible, authors to come forward and publish a book highly critical of the Warren Commission’s non-investigation.

Lane tells the story of this second trial by jury, how E. Howard Hunt and his CIA-manufactured alibi witnesses had originally been so confident of another courtroom victory, despite the fact that Hunt’s stories and witnesses had changed so many times over the preceding years. Lane provides some of the transcripts from the examinations and cross-examinations of Hunt and some of the important witnesses from both sides. It makes for a very compelling read, especially where Lane cross-examines Hunt and the CIA-manufactured witnesses, because, at least according to the transcript provided here, he devastated them, showing them to be fiendish liars and perjurors. After a certain point in the trial, Lane was feeling so confident in his defense of Carto, and both Lane and Carto understood the rare chance that was presented before them, so Carto gave Lane the go-ahead to launch an offensive against Hunt and the CIA, assigning culpability to these for the assassination. The jury was convinced. A jury of American citizens actually came back with the verdict that Carto’s publication was innocent of any malice in publishing the article, and the reason the jury gave was because it had been shown that Hunt and the CIA had lied (again), he was indeed in Dallas at the time the JFK assassination, and it was evident, said the jury foreman, that the CIA was complicit in it.

This was a jury decision in a court of law in America of epic proportion. And yet no major media outlet in the country would report on it. None ever did. Welcome to Joseph Goebbel’s America.

This book is a great read. If it has any flaw at all, it is that Lane has a tendency to break his arm patting himself on the back a little too much and a little too often. But for what he accomplished, this is a forgiveable offense. I suppose Lane is a little too naive about American history, and its judicial system, too, and he often reverentially throws around the ambiguous word “democracy”; but how many of today’s otherwise intelligent Americans don’t?

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6/2012

DEAD MEN’S SECRETS by Jonathan Gray

Since this guy is a lot more into compiling lists of things rather than writing an actual properly formatted book, that is how I will deal with this book review:

The Good:
Gray adheres to a literal interpretation of the historical events recorded in the Book of Genesis.
The highly unusual, exquisitely unorthodox archaeological claims made by Gray should be fascinating to most anybody, but especially so for believers of God’s Word.
Gray’s central thesis that ancient man, far from being in any ways primitive, was in fact much more technologically advanced than modern man, would seem to comport perfectly with the Genesis account.

The Bad:
A number of type errors.
Extremely poor formatting (Each of Gray’s chapters consist of a paragraph or two of prose, and then fusillade after fusillade of disjointed lists of arcane and weird archaeological findings from around the world.)
Even the few proper paragraphs which Gray writes at the beginning of each chapter are severely marred by amateurish writing in which Gray unsuccessfully tries to blend a little fictitious screenplay-type dialogue in with his ostensibly non-fictional claims and lists. Thus, it is impossible to get into any kind of reading rhythm with this. The only way to get through it is to read it in small chunks, put it down, and come back later for another small chunk. In other words: on-the-toilet reading.
The photographs which Gray gives are all of a very poor quality.
Gray assumes that NASA’s account of the “Apollo moon landings” is true.

The Ugly:
Gray gives highly unusual and disgracefully sporadic source notes for his highly unusual, exquisitely unorthodox claims, and this seriously undermines his credibility.

When I first found out about this book and the claims made within it, I was extremely eager to obtain and read it. Now, having finished with it, I am very disappointed. Not because I don’t believe the claims made my Jonathan Gray, but because of Gray’s poor level of scholarship. This is a book which is screaming for a more professional rendering. I found out after I bought this that Gray has been a guest on the government-shill radio show, Coast to Coast. That right there would have warned me to temper my expectations about this work, and I might have not bothered getting it at all.

Rating: Δ Δ
6/2012