We have another addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.
We learned about this from one of our clandestine operatives who is so well-placed and valuable that he doesn’t even have a code name. The press release is titled Author Robert Haggard’s Newly Released “Faith, God, And Modern Science: The Clash between Creationism and a Theological Compromise with Atheism” Confronts the Facts, issued by Cision PRWeb, which says it’s “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” The press release says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
Faith, God, And Modern Science: The Clash between Creationism and a Theological Compromise with Atheism” is the creation of published author, Robert Haggard.
Then they describe the author:
Robert was born and raised in Canyon, Texas. A son of a business professor and an elementary school English teacher, he had a beautiful Christian upbringing and education in the Church of Christ. He now says, “If only it had stuck.” He attended what is now West Texas A&M University where he majored in speech and drama. In 1963, his freshman English professor declared that he should be a writer. It only took fifty-five years for him to write his first published book.
That’s nice, but we don’t see any education in either science or theology. They describe his working career, which is all over the place:
Throughout his professional life, he underwent many professional incarnations as a radio announcer, tape editor, commissioned artist, advertising and layout art designer, actor, director, administrator, trainer, and guidance counselor for the world’s largest professional repertory theater company of its day.
Oh wait — he has a special qualification. The press release tells us:
Much of his theological education has come from late-night discussions over coffee or wine with ministers, theologians, and teachers from every denominational and theological background all over the world.
That’s great! Let’s read on:
Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Robert Haggard’s new book is a journey into the world as imaged by creationists and Biblical accounts.
Aha! We have the press release, but we need to make sure that this book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? We found the website for the publisher — Christian Faith Publishing. It leaves no doubt — they’re a vanity publisher. They even let authors pay their fees on a monthly installment plan.
Okay, the book qualifies for our collection! Let’s get back to the press release. They quote the author:
“Did dinosaurs and dragons really become extinct sixty-five million years ago or did they walk the earth as man’s contemporaries until only several hundreds of years ago? Do some still exist today? History — both biblical and secular, plus many a modern witness — says the answer to the latter is yes.” –Robert Haggard
Impressive, huh? The press release continues:
At its heart, evolutionist theory is atheistic. It “explains” why there is no reason to believe in God. This leaves the millions of people, who would shudder at the idea that they are atheistic, confused. Human beings are creatures of faith. All people live their lives based on some set of beliefs, which they use as a foundation to make decisions and answer questions about live. The faithful are, however, trying to embrace a belief in God while accommodating an idea virtually antithetical to God’s existence. Unfortunately, this conundrum infects a sizeable segment of the modern church, which does not want to appear naïve in the face of the “evidence.”
That’s horrible! What’s to be done? Let’s read on:
It is, therefore, time for a hard look at the “evidence.” True science should be an honest, open-minded inquiry into the world as it is. That is what it claims to be. The scripture, of course, gives the answer to where human came from. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Science cannot refute or confirm this claim. In “Faith, God, And Modern Science,” Robert Haggard explores how the universe would look in according to Biblical and historical accounts. By comparing it to the world envisioned by modern scientific thinking, he reveals the truth.
Ooooooooooooh! He reveals The Truth™.
We hunted for the book at Amazon — and we found it! Here it is: Faith, God, and Modern Science: The Clash Between Creationism and a Theological Compromise with Atheism. The number of pages isn’t disclosed, but it costs only $12.95. A bargain! There are no customer reviews yet.
One last excerpt from the press release:
View a synopsis of “Faith, God, And Modern Science: The Clash between Creationism and a Theological Compromise with Atheism” on YouTube.
We looked. It’s only one minute long and doesn’t say anything. No problem, we know you’re going to buy the book anyway.
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