The Book Corner

The Book Corner

W. Ross Rainey

The World That Perished. By John C. Whitcomb, Jr. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1973. 155 pp. Paper, $1.95.

At one time or another most Christians have entertained questions about the Genesis Flood, particularly as to whether it was global or local. While this reviewer has never really doubted that the Flood was worldwide, he has had questions about it, especially in view of the presumed findings of reliable geologists. Happily, this book has fully answered those questions, and on this basis alone it is heartily recommended to anyone who has even a remote interest in the subject, apart from any doubts or questions.

Throughout the book the author (who with Dr. Henry M. Morris coauthored an earlier book, The Genesis Flood, now in its sixteenth printing) maintains a straightforward, unshakeable faith in the authority and trustworthiness of the Scriptures, at the same time vigorously affirming and contending for a supernatural catastrophic Flood of worldwide proportions. His beliefs and convictions along this line are corroborated by scientific observations that are not warped by a uniformitarian bias in geology.

Such things as the depth and duration of the Flood, the need of a gigantic Ark to enable land creatures to survive, the stated purpose of destroying a widely scattered human race, and the testimony of the Apostle Peter establish beyond doubt the exegetical foundations for this teaching of God’s Word.

Striking black and white photos illustrating such phenomena as rapid formation of stalactites and stalagmites, the recent formation of the island of Surtsey off Iceland’s southern coast, volcanic activity, and ‘several other interesting subjects add considerably to getting across the message of the book.

For a high school or college student this is an especially helpful treatise to both read and have on hand as a reference to this important subject, and at $1.95 it represents a very worthwhile investment.