Title: The Genius of Ancient Man
Author: Don Landis
Major Themes: Creation, Evolution, Religion, Apologetics, Ancient Times
Synopsis: The Ancient Man Research Team from Jackson Hole Bible College describe evolution’s nightmare in this introduction to the war that has been raging between the two kingdoms that exist in the universe, since the beginning of time.
I am fascinated with ancient times. There is very little we know for sure about the people who lived near the beginning of time, but the evidence that has survived tells us those people were extremely intelligent. I really enjoy reading books like The Genius of Ancient Man. This book is quite different from Brilliant, the last one in this genre that we read together. It is somewhat more scholarly than that one, but still readable.
Don Landis and others from Jackson Hole Bible College are making an in-depth study of ancient man and how ancient events and attitudes still affect us today. They begin this book with a discussion of how our perspective affects the way we look at evidence, and the presuppositions which they use as starting points in their study. This is followed by a discussion of the two kingdoms that exist in the world and how the one kingdom counterfeits everything that is important to the other kingdom.
The main part of the book discusses pre-flood man, advanced technology in the ancient world, and worldwide travel, monuments, mounds, and pyramids from ancient times. Then, there is a discussion about religions and legends, music, and art. Finally, the authors talk about how Babel is not gone—how it influences us today. At the end of the book is a list of 21 axioms that define and set apart the program at Jackson Hole Bible College. Along with each axiom is a Scripture reference, and an explanation. Some of these really struck us and provoked some discussion as we read them together.
The Genius of Ancient Man is a great apologetic read for high school students and adults. It will help you to be more grounded in your faith, and understand better why the world is the way it is, and where many fallacies and attitudes in the world around us came from. A number of full-color photos help to illustrate the book, and some charts, tables, and maps make things more clear, as well.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults