You might be saying Why is this book about Ancient Man important for Christians at ALL? And I am too happy to tell you. Dr. Don Landis, President of Jackson Hole Bible College. together with his research team, is the author of this book, The Genius of Ancient Man., This book is a large hard bound book filled with history, archeology, color photographs while providing a glimpse of the way that History is His story, and truth can never be rewritten to the point that it completely hides God's works and ways, although the enemy will try. In the war against God, keeping people from seeing His hand in history is a major strategy. When God says that Man was made in His image, and that even after the Fall man was fantastically intelligent, the enemy trains our children to think ancient man could barely figure out how to tie a loin cloth on and sat in a cave trying to make fire all day. Cartoons like Barney Rubble gave us this, and I know older adults who had been given the idea that aliens built the impressive structures of the ancient world.
Once again, science and observation are on the Christians side. This is why I am so excited to read this book- clear writing, color photography, and it is big! Twelve by ten inches and 107 pages long, this book, like all sound Christian Books, never neglects the spiritual realities of a topic. The way we think about ancient man will depend on our beliefs about spiritual things, our presuppositions. And most disturbing, if God's Word is not our foundation, we will get our ideas from other places, and those ideas will determine how we view ancient man and everything else. There are MANY counterfeit views on ancient man. It is not enough to have evolutionists telling us that we are slightly refined old world monkeys, spinning about in a world devoid of meaning, we now have new age cultists telling us that we are cycling through history, with mankind reaching almost to the heavens and then being wiped out again and again- with the final wipeout coming this December, four days before Christmas. In the midst of all these voices, what does the Bible tell us? What does history tell us? What does the record that ancient man left behind tell us? What do the mathematically correct angles and artful masonry of their work testify to? This book shows us through 107 pages of full color photographs. These photographs, maps, and timelines lay out the history of ancient man, what he built, what technology he had, how he traveled, where he traveled to, and all of this ultimately testifies to which version of history is true. It is Scripture's account that is proved true again and again. Man was made in the image of God with full intelligence surpassing our intelligence today, and then he fell into rebellion and sin which perverted his intelligence and led him to serve false gods and idols with the mind God gave him.
Why does this matter to us as Christians right now? For at least two very good reasons. The first is that if we allow the naturalists or the new agers to tell us what ancient man was, we have accepted mans word over Scripture and History. Once we get our History right, we can get our Present right. We aren't worrying about the end of the world this Christmas, because we know that God who Created Man and the World told us no man knows the End of the World.
The second reason is surprising and disturbing. Most of those giant pyramids, monuments were built with religious significance. A counterfeit religion, a perversion of truth, is seen in almost every place, every ritual. And more and more, these same counterfeits, these same perversions, are being highlighted today. There are whole cult groups today, rearing their ugly heads, trying to breath life into the dead cults of thousands of years ago. When ever a "new" religion begins to lead people astray we as Christians need to know about it, so we can know how to witness against it. This book would be a very good history/ Creation Science book for those ages 13 and up. It would also be a great book to start a Creation conversation on, because how many people do you know who would immediately look at the cover and say "Oh, an APEMAN!"
I am grateful to New Leaf Press for giving us The Genius of Ancient Man to review. It provided hours of edification to our family, and was a reminder of our past and a warning to be careful of counterfeit religions in the present based on the counterfeits of the past.
Evolution's nightmare, indeed. Jackson Hole Bible College and Don Landis have put together an engaging book that exposes the evolutionary discrepancies regarding ancient man. At over 100 pages, this hardcover book offers fabulous photographs/illustrations and is full of indisputable facts.
Evolution basically brings man from slime through animalistic behavior (and form) to a "highly intelligent" version of man by modern standards. God's creation of man is that of an originally-perfect human with great intelligence and the ability to gain/apply knowledge. After sin, the perfection was broken; death entered the world and life itself became difficult.
The Genius of Ancient Man is a book that should be handed out alongside school textbooks that teach evolution as "fact" versus "theory".
As pointed out in the book, "every person has a bias, whether they realize it or not; an assumption that influences everything they believe to be true." The starting point of this book is that God is the living, eternal Creator of all; the Bible and God are Truth. For someone who disagrees with this standpoint and considers tuning out, I would highly recommend taking the time to read this book to find out if your disagreements are legitimate or unfounded.
Important to take note of this fact: God is the ultimate Creator of all. Satan cannot create anything; he can only distort and pervert God's creation into something it wasn't intended to be.
As detailed throughout The Genius of Ancient Man, there is much that men and women accomplished and studied thousands of years ago that we don't understand today. Many ancient people groups had knowledge that we simply (no pun intended) don't have access to today. Their vast knowledge is displayed through elaborate building projects, artistic styles, structural celestial alignments, and in the very fact that they lived globally. Ancient man understood far more than evolution gives him/her/them credit for!
This book condenses information shared by ancient cultures from around the world into fact-packed chapters. When worldwide commonalities are laid out end-to-end, it's difficult (impossible?) to refute the astounding discoveries found around the globe. Such commonalities between people groups living in many different areas on Earth attest to there being a common background between all; said background being traced back to Babel. The Genius of Man goes into detail regarding similar building styles (including recreations of the tower of Babel), twisted but similar stories regarding a worldwide flood and creation itself, common distortions of Biblical symbols, shared interest in celestial movements/meanings of celestial bodies, and the parallels that echo God's plan for humankind that have been counterfeited by Satan.
Written and illustrated in layman's terms, this is a book that you could easily read through in a day or two....then come back to read again to sponge up even more information. I love that it's an oversized hardcover book that is equally intended for adults and children of about 10-years-old and up. Our 8-year-old son loves to read/listen to books like this. I love that even at a young age, he is giving reasons for why certain evolutionary events couldn't have happened, and backing up his reasons with facts he has gleaned from various AIG scientific evidences. These are the books we need to share with our children!
I was happy to review this book for New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. The Genius of Ancient Man ~ Evolution's Nightmare was published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing.
Book Review - The Genius Of Ancient Man by Don Lan
November 12, 2012
Mountain View, MO
I was fascinated as I read The Genius Of Ancient Man.
I was sitting at a new coffee shop in town, trying them out. I had decided to read some of this book while I was there. A couple of hours and several cups of coffee later, I closed the book, having finished it completely.
Needless to say, I was completely engrossed in it, from start to finish.
Don Landis, along with a team from Jackson Hole Bible College, has done an excellent job creating a concise account detailing some of the magnificent findings from around the world that do not fit the evolutionary premise that early man was primitive. In fact, artifacts and structures from around the world indicate that mankind was much more advanced than we give them credit for, possibly more advanced than we are today!
The Genius Of Ancient Man begins where any book about early history should, with a discussion of worldviews. Many of these artifacts are unexplainable by evolutionary premises. But a biblical worldview encompasses them nicely.
The Genius Of Ancient Man is an excellent resource, filled with extensively researched information, and lots of fascinating photos, charts, and diagrams.
Landis and his team examine dozens of different examples, such as the importance of mountains to mankind, how it fits within a biblical framework, and how mankind attempted to duplicate them with towering structures all over the world, from the pyramids of Giza to Chichen Itza to Machu Picchu.
They look at the evidence that suggests mankind was extremely technologically advanced at the time of the dispersion from the tower of Babel. Exploring such topics as building methods, astronomy, and ancient artifacts discovered all around the world, Landis and his team show how mankind was able to accomplish significant feats that defy explanation in an evolutionary worldview.
With other chapters looking at the similarities in religious stories and legends, worldwide travel, music and art, and more, The Genius Of Ancient Man is full of astonishing findings that describe the potential that ancient man may have been able to reach.
Finally, the end of the book contains a list of biblical axioms; truths that should be understood universally, laying the foundation for a deeper understanding of God's Word. That list, in itself, can be instrumental in educating people how to defend their faith. I know these concise principles will find their way into my teaching ministry.
Already, this book has become a frequently used resource for my personal study, and an excellent teaching resource for my family and ministry.
I suggest that you grab a copy today, and be prepared to spend the evening devouring it. I guarantee you won't be able to put it down.
The Genius Of Ancient Man is truly evolution's nightmare!
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I received this book free from New Leaf Press/Master Books as part of their Blogger Review Program, called Creation Conversations. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Evolutionists teach that ancient man was an ignorant animal and slowly over millions of years we've become smarter. The Genius of Ancient Man - Evolution's Nightmare from Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing, by Don Landis and Jackson Hole Bible College provides beautiful photographic evidence for the genius of ancient man; showing through archaeology a high level of intelligence throughout the globe that disproves the monkey-to-caveman ideology and validates the accuracy of the Bible.
This book deals with the historical mystery of similarities in ancient architecture, religion, government, astronomy, and technology. It covers various creation accounts, flood legends, and pagan practices.
The book starts by laying a foundation for Biblical apologetics, which covers the authorship and authority of the Bible, man created in God's image, and that counterfeits began at Babel. There is a timeline of man from creation (which is labeled 4004 BC) up the discovery of the law of gravity (1666 AD). Several chapters are devoted to the counterfeits and how Satan uses them for his purpose. Ancient man built pyramids, worshiped the stars, performed human sacrifices, and turned symbols from God into symbols of paganism.
A chapter on pre-flood man discusses what it was like before the flood. It includes information about the technologies that man had before the flood including forging iron and brass, and what could be accomplished during the longer lives they lived.
My favorite part of the book is the chapter on advanced technology. The same higher level of math and science is found around the globe including astronomy, architecture, sanitation, and irrigation. World travel of ancient man reveals maps of what the world looked like including Antarctica (which was discovered in 1820), and boats from thousands of years ago.
Monuments, mounds, and pyramids have been found all around the world. The book contains maps of these structures and many pictures of sites that show ancient technology.
Other proofs include ancient music, art, religions, and legends. Legends include creation, the flood, babel, and the ice age. There is a chart to show the legends and cultures that believed them, and what Scriptures the legends correspond with. Other information includes dragons, the Chinese language, stars, flight, and interesting archaeological finds including out-of-place artifacts (OOPArts).
The book concludes with 21 axioms that help lay a foundation to better understand God's Word. I found the axioms interesting. Each axiom makes a basic point, and then gives a Scripture that substantiates the point. This is followed by a detailed explanation of the point with further proofs. The axioms can be used for personal or group study, or even as a devotional.
I find the subject of ancient man intriguing. It is interesting to see the archaeological finds and technologies that were used in ancient times. I found it especially interesting that similar structures have been found across the globe.
This is a beautiful book filled with charts and color photos, and many archaeological proofs that the Bible is true and ancient man was intelligent- far more intelligent than many want to realize or admit. The book kept me interested. I can tell a lot of hard work has gone into this book. I really appreciate the hard work and information that's provided.
I highly recommend The Genius of Ancient Man Evolution's Nightmare. It's a well-written book that would make a great addition to your library.
Master Books provided this book free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.
Don Landis, general editor along with Jackson Hole Bible College, does an awesome job in dealing with the creation of man in their book entitled; "The Genius of Ancient Man Evolution's Nightmare." Found within the pages of this book, is Biblical based answers for the beginning of the earth and how man has evolved. There are additionally terrific charts as well as pictures to make this book come alive with more than just the printed word.
Listed within the pages of this book are also counterfeits that the author feels are in direct opposition to what God intended for this earth and mankind. There is great detail in how what God made for good has been corrupted and caused man to follow that which is counterfeit. There are details concerning the ice age, pyramids, ancient art as well as axioms that are listed to prove the writer's view of the material which has been written.
I found this to be a very insightful book and certainly deserves to be used in Christian schools and in libraries everywhere. I feel if someone is looking for more detailed answers of how man evolved and came to be at the point we are today, this would be a great resource to use to help one determine their own beliefs.