Reviews - What do customers think about Flood by Design (Design Series)?
If there were a Global Flood what would the evidence? Aug 6, 2009
People look at the landscapes, rocks, morphology, fossils, etc. and find evidence for a worldwide flood, local floods, or geologic transformations over billions of years? What is the measuring stick for evaluating geological data? The author (Mike Oard) of this 130-page 8-Chapter book entitled: `Flood by Design,' provides a very convincing measuring stick. His main emphasis is on interpreting and predicting how global flood waters would recede from their highest levels. What kind of effect would hydro-tectonic forces leave (carve) upon the Earth and come to rest to their current condition? Such interpretation would have to account for water elevation, mega-tidal waves and tsunamis, mountain uplifts and basins, water flows and speeds reaching 100 miles per hour, volcanic activity, areas of hot oceans, underwater currents that cut mountains in half, etc. Furthermore, the author compares his interpretation of evidence with that provided by the uniformitarian scientists whose opinions are quoted in this book. One obvious consideration, yet one that would seems to escape scrutiny, is the question why would the Bible document Noah's ark being docked on TOP of a mountain range if the flood was local? There are many such blinding self evident revelations that usually escape logical scrutiny. I give Mike Oard credit for presenting a highly boring subject (geology) in a very logical and presentable language. I read the book in one sitting and felt that my questions had been answered. It is as if Oard had already had all the questions set before him and used the book to answer these questions.
Evidence based science - I think not Jun 29, 2009
I bought this book as a geologist with an open mind. The tenant of the book is basically "a flood existed in the geological past therefore god exists". Whilst the author is indeed warranted to conclude there has been floods in the geological past, to equate them with Noah is beyond the evidence. There have been massive floods following the retreat of the ice age, the flooding of various basins, etc. There is also very strong evidence of changing sea levels on a global scale. There are many reasonable expalnations for these events without invoking the power of a god. The christian beliefs have clearly led to the evidence being selected to fit the hypothesis, something a true scientist should be very cautious of.
Overall; preachy, biased, inacurrate and misleading - but some nice pictures of rocks!
Excellent overview of evidence for Genesis Flood Oct 27, 2008
The author skillfully explains why the surface of the Earth is a living laboratory of evidence for a global flood event, and how current mainstream theories cannot explain the very same geography. Obviously, the author is a Christian, but I would have preferred he leave out the "preachy" parts of his narrative. As a fellow Christian, I agree with his sentiments. However, I think if the goal of the book is to present a scientifically rigorous argument, then these moments could serve only to turn off the reader's objective consideration if they aren't a Christian.
Aside from this, and a few times where the explanations become a bit muddied, the book is wonderful. I highly recommend it to both Christians and non-Christians alike.