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Creation Apologetics: After the Flood (Book Review)


After the Flood

After the Flood

Mentioned in Bill Barrick’s recent creation lectures, After the Flood: The early post-flood history of Europe  (online text available here) is a great resource concerning biblical creation, specifically looking at the early writings of ancient Europe.

Bill Cooper’s purpose is to respond to the modernist view of man’s origins (old earth evolutionary view), by looking at the earliest available documents from European history, to see if these documents line up with the Genesis account, the “Table of Nations.”  The documents he references include Geoffrey of Monmouth’s translation in the 12th century of an earlier work, and an earlier work by Nennius in the 9th century, plus earlier available documents. The findings include those presented by Flinders Petrie in the early 20th century, as well as other features (of the same documents) not noted by Petrie.  This work shows that, indeed — just as we know that every ancient society in the world has a worldwide flood story (though distorted from the Genesis account) — ancient societies, before any contact with Christianity, had knowledge of our common ancestry through Noah and back to Adam: evidence which obviously conflicts with the modern old earth evolutionary worldview.

In the first chapters Cooper establishes the credibility of these documents, as originating in pre-Christian, pagan times – important for answering the skeptics’ charge of “pious fraud” later perpetrated by overzealous Christian monks.

Clearly, none of all this is attributable to the nefarious work of early Christian monks who were seeking to foist upon the world a contrived but pious history, for all the material that we have considered in this chapter pre-dates the coming of the Christian faith to the early Britons by at least a hundred years, and certainly by up to a thousand years and more. In other words, the now wearisome modernist charge of pious fraud falls flat.”

This aspect of the book reminded me of the apologetics issue regarding the differing eyewitness accounts in the gospels concerning Christ’s resurrection:  when different accounts are not exactly the same but show apparent slight differences, that actually is stronger proof of the same event being observed by different witnesses.  Among some of the interesting finds here are early Briton accounts describing the Roman conquest of Britain, but with details that differ from the well-known Roman account.

Important concepts brought out in this book:  ancient pagan groups thought of their genealogies as sacred.  They worshiped and deified their ancestors, and were very interested in their pedigree. Contrary to modernist ideas, ethnic groups even after Christianization still held these genealogies as important and would not take kindly to any “christianizing” alteration of their documents. One example of this is the case of 9th century Saxon king Alfred, a Christian king whose translation of Bede’s work into old English suppressed the title Rex Gewissorum (due to its pagan connotations), yet nonetheless in his authorized biography listed the same pagan Gewis in the line of his ancestors. Cooper also cites the flawed reasoning of 20th century modernist authors who attempted to associate the genealogies in early Christian-era documents with their supposed reference to the New Testament genealogy in Luke’s gospel (and thereby “proving” their lineage to Jesus Christ) instead of the original Genesis account.  Yet as well noted, these genealogies only agree with Luke in the section from Noah back to Adam.  Surely if they had wanted to create a “pious fraud” claiming descent related to the Jewish line their genealogy would show the Semitic line AFTER Noah.  And it is well-attested that the Saxons (and other medieval European Christian groups) were quite anti-Semitic (started way before Hitler, Cooper notes), so the LAST thing they would have done in any “pious fraud” would have been to construct a Semitic genealogy for themselves!

We are presented with the simple question as to why a two thousand year recorded history has been so pointedly ignored by modern scholars. Why is it that the history of Britain is an entirely blank page before the year 55 BC in any conventional modern history book when such an easily accessible and informative record is at hand? Could it have anything to do with the fact that the Britons traced their ancestry in these pre-Christian records back to patriarchs that are known to us from the Genesis record but of whom the Britons should have known nothing in their pre-Christian culture if what the modernists have always told us was true?

As noted by an Amazon reviewer, this book is important for study of the overall subject, though Cooper’s research may be inaccurate in some points — the limitations involved with anyone doing research with primary documents; see his review and follow-up comments for more regarding the finer points.  For mainstream Christian readers this book may be tedious at times, with all the non-English names, old English spellings and references to medieval and earlier history.  I found especially helpful my own previous study (about 6 years ago) of medieval history, including reading of Bede’s History of England and the Saxon period of English kings including the life of King Alfred — a good reference point on which to “hang” this new information.  Readers with less historical knowledge may struggle a bit more, but should still be able to understand the main points and findings of this book.  Two later chapters also cover a subject of more general interest to many: the references to dragons (dinosaurs) in early (and in not so long ago) European literature.  I highly recommend this work as an important part of overall study of biblical creation.

  1. July 16, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Wow, you found the book! I didn’t know it was available online for free! I remember listening to the lectures and thinking I need to track this book down and read it for myself

    • July 16, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Yes — while looking at the Amazon listing and reviews, I found that one of the reviewers included the link to the free text online. A very interesting read!

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