Self-Published Genius #50: Radiant Energy

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.

The press release for this one is titled Compelling New Xulon Book Explores The Origin Of The Universe, Humans, & Life Itself Through Careful Analysis Of Biblical Beliefs – Filled With Many Surprising Revelations. Wow — that’s a long title! It was issued by Press Release Rocket, which describes itself as “an independent news agency that specializes in bringing a fresh perspective to finance from around the world.” They also promote creationist books. The press release says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:

David E. Marley, Jr. M.D. reveals how the scientific discoveries of the last 85 years have proved Darwin wrong and have confirmed the validity of the Biblical Creation Account.

That sounds fantastic, but as you know, in addition to the press release, we need more to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Indeed it was! The press release’s title mentions Xulon. Their website, Xulon Press, leaves no doubt. It says:

Xulon Press is the largest, most experienced Christian owned and operated print-on-demand self publisher of Christian books. So if you’re a Christian author looking for a Christian self publishing company, join the thousands of Christian authors who have chosen Xulon Press.

Okay — we’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. Let’s find out what else it says:

Within the pages of David E. Marley, Jr. M.D.’s new book, THE GENESIS CODE: Moses & Modern Science Agree, ($47.99, paperback) readers will discover a book about origins. It focuses on what the Bible says, and what science now says about the origins of life. It is also a book about belief and faith in God, and encouraging readers to live their lives in God’s Way.

What a book! We looked for the Amazon listing. Would you believe it — there are several books named The Genesis Code. This is the one we want: The Genesis Code: Moses & Modern Science Agree. Yup — that’s the one. Like the press release says, Xulon Press, and $47.99 in paperback. They also say it’s 492 pages long. Amazing! But there aren’t any reviews yet. Let’s get back to the press release. It says:

Modern science is now well equipped to answer many questions about the origins of the Universe, but Dr. Marley doubts whether science can ever answer three questions: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? He believes that science can only take humans so far and only belief and faith in God can take them to the places that science can never go. This book examines these questions and gives answers that come from Judeo-Christian belief and faith.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Our deepest questions are answered! Let’s read on:

According to Dr. Marley, the type of evolution described in the Bible is different from Darwin’s scheme. [Wow!] Modern science has disproved Darwin’s ideas and has now verified the Bible’s description of evolution that has been unveiled by the deeper meaning of the Hebrew script of the Mosaic Creation Account – what the author calls “the Genesis Code.”

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The Genesis Code! You’ve got to be wondering — who is this brilliant author? The press release tells us:

Now retired, Dr. David E. Marley, Jr. is a board-certified Radiologist with 40 years experience in medicine. He practiced Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy. … For four decades, he used radiant energies to diagnose and treat patients.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] He used radiant energies! The biographical information continues:

He is uniquely qualified to understand and teach the intricacies of the Big Bang Theory – which is the most credible theory of the beginning. A life-long Christian and student of the Bible, he is also a certified Bethel Bible Series teacher who, for three decades, has taught the Bethel Bible Series.

What a man! Your long search is over, dear reader. This is the book you’ve been waiting for all your life. Go get it!

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11 responses to “Self-Published Genius #50: Radiant Energy

  1. He is uniquely qualified to understand and teach the intricacies of the Big Bang Theory

    Because he’s a radiologist? Eh?

  2. It sounds like the good doctor has been indulging himself in too many after work drinks of barium enemas, esophageal or otherwise.

  3. Can’t answer three questions?? Really Well here are 3 more…why are unicorns pink? How many demons can fit on the head of a pin? And why are creationists so bloody stoopid??? ANd we may not have the answer to any of those so called questions but neither do you!!!!

  4. Was he Scrooged?

  5. michaelfugate

    Where do we come from? Mom, Mom and Dad, ancestors, non-life, stardust, How far back to you want to know?
    What are we? ??????
    Where are we going? Extinction if we don’t deal with climate change. Back to dirt. Depends to where we have tickets.

  6. Modern science has disproved Darwin’s ideas and has now verified the Bible’s description of evolution…

    Just about 180 degrees off.

    It is the bible’s accounts that have disproved.

    Bzzzzzzzzt! Thanks for playing! Next contestant please…

  7. Dave Luckett

    Where do we come from?

    Africa. Eastern and southern Africa, to be more precise, as we emerged from our immediate ancestral species, H erectus and H habilis, and they from one of the Australopithecines.

    What are we?

    We are hominins, apes, monkeys, primates, mammals, vertebrates, deuterostomes, animals, and living things, in that order. That’s what we are.

    Where are we going?

    As a species, I would hope to answer, “the stars”. As individuals, we are going to die, sooner or later, and the materials that make up our bodies will be recycled in myriad forms. We will be briefly remembered, then forgotten. As individuals, then, the answer is “nowhere”.

    If the author is, as he claims, a retired radiologist, he is one of the legions of professionals who late in life forgot or gave over the principles that had brought him the means to practice his profession – if he had ever truly absorbed them. He has lost the intellectual capacity to criticize his own assumptions. It happens, alas.

    The only aspect of “code” in Genesis is the difficulty of translating an ancient language originally used by people whose culture, understanding of the world, assumptions,values and beliefs were radically different from our own. Other than by acquiring intimate familiarity with these differences, and a deep knowledge of the language, there is no “breaking” any code. Any attempt at attributing one is really a form of conspiracy theory. No such thing was in the minds of the writers. They were merely recording and somewhat redacting ancient stories that they believed, with some reason, to be instructive. They had no motive to “encode” their words. On the contrary.

    But as with everything from ancient masonry to modern economics, there is everywhere a ready supply of people who think they have been struck with some inspired insight that all the fools have missed. Here we have one more.

  8. So now a retired radiologist–a technician, not a scientist–is competent to pass judgment on the big-bang theory?

    I’ve got my own three questions:
    (1) Does God exist, and what evidence <em.outside the Bible do you think you have?
    (2) Assuming God exists, what’s your proof that the Bible is actually His Word?
    (3) Assuming the Bible is the word of God, what’s your proof that every bit of it is to be read literally? What does that make of passes like Matthew 16:28, purportedly written in the first century, which says that some among the apostle’s audience will still be alive when Jesus returns in glory?

  9. “He is uniquely qualified to understand and teach the intricacies of the Big Bang Theory.”
    Oh oh – and for more than 25 years I thought that my courses math and physics did the trick. What a fool I was! I have thrown my life away. I should have “practiced Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy” instead.
    And now it’s too late for me.
    (Hides in a corner)

  10. Techreseller

    Let’s see. $47.99 for a waste of a book. If purchased by the case, that amount covers 4 of my favorite every day wines. I am guaranteed to be disappointed by the book. I am guaranteed to enjoy the wine. I think I am going with the wine.

  11. @Eric Lipps
    And I would ask about where the Bible insists, literally, that the Bible is to be read literally, and about where it insists that it is not to be read literally in precisely those cases where a particular church disagrees with a literal interpretation, and about where the Bible literally says anything about evolution.