Friday, April 3, 2009

I Don't Even Know Where to Begin...

I'm beginning to think that PersonalFailure has something against me having free time. See, earlier this week she sent me a link to a discussion about a book called After the Flood. It is a book that purports to give us the rundown of the history of every tribe following Noah's Flood, tracing lineal descendants from Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And, since I'd hate to actually give this guy money, I'm just going to take advantage of the fact that it's been published online. Honestly, I wish I'd known about this book before I started in on 1421. The problem I'm having with Gavin Menzies' work is that it's just too damned defensive. The combination of "all the data was destroyed," "I haven't actually put everything I know in to this volume," "Go look at the website for more info," and the fact that it's ultimately a story about an overblown theoretical historical footnote and the ego of the author more than an actual attempt to re-write history is making it, well, uninteresting. But After the Flood. Now that's bad history done right...

6 comments:

PersonalFailure said...

It's like the "Evil Dead" of historical research.

PersonalFailure said...

Oh, and idle hands are the Devil's playground.

Leigh said...

She is quite mean that way. Part of my current reading material came from stuff I foundon her blog. If i didn't enjoy reading so much I might even be mad at her.

Fiat Lex said...

I love that he starts out his supposedly rigorous test of the factuality of Genesis with a chapter entitled "Knowledge of God amongst the early Pagans". And the first person he quotes is Lao-Tzu! The biggest laugh of all to me is the following sentence. The irony of the fact that it could equally be applied to living pagans rather than in addition to dead ones has of course not occurred to Cooper:

"Popular thought seems never to have considered the possibility that pagan man was indeed aware of God and of His attributes and power, and that this awareness had existed and flourished for centuries without any recourse at all to the scriptures."

Really? You mean, it might be possible for a person who's never been indoctrinated into the specifics of one's personal favorite denomination to have developed some sort of mystical relationship with an all-powerful divine being?

It's like he's willing to accept ancient pagans into the fold just to give himself more ammunition against modern atheists. This guy is frickin hilarious.

I wonder if he's one of those people who thinks the best way to convert non-Christians is by mocking their most cherished beliefs.

peanutsnraisins said...

I can't seem to find the discussion you're referring to. Can you post a link? Thanks.

Geds said...

If you mean the one where PF told me about After the Flood, it was an email.

However, if you want an introduction to absolute bizarrity, this is the original link she send me. Enjoy...?