This is a new 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.
This author’s press release is titled New Book, “Scripture Versus Science,” Shows Religion & Science Don’t Have to Be Adversarial. Wow — this looks interesting! The press release is issued by PRWeb, which “gets your news straight to the search engines that everyone uses, like Google, Yahoo and Bing.”
We always need to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? No problem. Jumping ahead to the middle of the press release, we’re told:
This book is not only a fascinating read, but it provides clarity to some of the most important questions about our origins. We are pleased to announce its release,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.
This is the publisher’s website: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency. It’s a bit ambiguous, but we spotted this from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: ALERTS FOR WRITERS, which says:
Since SBPRA [Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency] began operating as a fee-charging literary agency in 2001 (under a different name), Writer Beware has received hundreds of complaints and advisories of fees for literary agency services, fees for publishing, and paid critique and editing referrals. Other questionable practices include selling marketing services to authors, charging authors to attend book fairs, and referring clients to other branches of the business without revealing the connection. We’re not aware that the literary agency branch of the business has a significant track record of commercial book or script sales under any of its names…and it has had a lot of names.
They provide a lot more information, but that’s enough. It looks like we’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. Let’s dig in and see what it says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis. The lead paragraph of the press release (presumably written by the author) will definitely get your attention:
Is the Earth thousands of years old or millions? Using a scientist’s analytical approach, Dr. Robert D. Harter evaluated and compared the biblical, anthropological, and geological records to find out.
Exciting, huh? Let’s read on:
His eye-opening book “Scripture Versus Science: Reconciling God’s Ancient Wisdom with a Modern World View” approaches the subject of Earth’s origins and human development from the position of a lifelong Christian who is also a scientist.
Here’s the Amazon listing for Dr. Harter’s book: Scripture Versus Science : Reconciling God’s Ancient Wisdom with a Modern World View. Their “About the author” section says:
At age 30 was awarded a PhD degree by Purdue University. Following short term post-doctoral positions, Dr. Harter joined the staff at the University of New Hampshire, where he spent 30 years as Professor of Soil Chemistry.
Harter is certainly qualified to write this book. The press release continues:
Both positions [science and scripture] cannot be correct, though he believes that neither is completely wrong.
Huh? How is that possible? Here’s more:
While unlikely to provide a clear and definitive answer to the question of evolutionary science, the book does begin to clear the “fog” that has developed around the controversy.
That’s it for the press release, but the Amazon listing also tells us:
[Harter] states, “There has been a lot of fog associated with whether God created the universe and everything in it, or whether it just happened by chance. In writing this book, I attempt to show that the ideas supporting the two views are not necessarily mutually exclusive. In other words, I hope I have allowed a bit of sun to shine through the fog.”
This may be just what you’ve been looking for, dear reader. The rest is up to you. All we can do is lead you to the source of wisdom.
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