Self-Published Genius #55: Metamorphosis

Today we have 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.

The press release for this one is titled Author Jack Weitzel’s Newly Released “Metamorphosis: A Surgeon’s Faith And The Oath” Is A Captivating Work On The Wonder And The Brilliance Of God’s Design, 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.” We’ve encountered them before because they also promote creationist books. It says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:

“Metamorphosis: A Surgeon’s Faith and the Oath”: a captivating work on faith, transformation, and the magnificence of God’s design. “Metamorphosis: A Surgeon’s Faith and the Oath” is the creation of published author, Jack Weitzel, a retired surgeon, current professor of science and the Bible, and co-founder of Evangelical College and Seminary.

Wow — what an impressive résumé! Hey, we found the website for Evangelical College & Seminary. They started in 2015, and Dr. Jack Weitzel is listed among their faculty as Professor in Bible and Science.

Here’s the book at Amazon: Metamorphosis: A Surgeon’s Faith and the Oath. The paperback price is only $21.93 — an incredible bargain! The press release says:

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Jack Weitzel’s new book is a captivating and thought-provoking work on the grandeur of God’s design.

We Googled and found their website: Christian Faith Publishing. Yup — they’re a religious vanity publisher. Okay! We’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. Let’s read on:

Struck by the magnificence of a monarch butterfly, Jack Weitzel pondered the word metamorphosis. The change of form, transformation through various stages, so reflective of life and the afterlife. The wonderful design and the grandeur all created by the Great Designer, God.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Here’s more:

There are stages in life, just as there are stages in nature. Occupations don’t happen by chance, rather faith in Jesus provides the path. It is all a part of the great design.

Yes — oh yes! After that we’re told:

The greatest metamorphosis will come at the end of life. If one is not a believer in Christ, the mystery will play itself out in eternity. It is the author’s prayer and purpose to aid others to journey through the metamorphosis of God’s world.

That’s it for the press release. The book’s description at Amazon seems to have been written by Weitzel, and it says:

Paused momentarily in our garden to ponder a monarch butterfly, I began thinking about the word metamorphosis. Now at seventy years, it seemed my whole life had been a metamorphosis. It means change in form. The more I thought about it, the more I realized the wonderful design and the grandeur of which leaves one speechless. That butterfly was created by the Great Designer, our God. Can you see the metamorphosis in your own life?

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] One more excerpt:

The greatest metamorphosis in our lives will come at its end, and if one is not a believer in Christ, the mystery will play itself out in eternity. It is my prayer and purpose to labor in the fields ripe for harvest and take you with me when I cross that Jordan River.

So there you are, dear reader. Go ahead — buy the thing. You can’t go wrong.

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13 responses to “Self-Published Genius #55: Metamorphosis

  1. On which day of creation was the caterpillar created? On day 6, with all the animals that creep on the ground?
    On which day was the butterfly created? On day 5 with the all the flying and water animals?

  2. I tried to follow Jack’s advice to see the metamorphosis in my life, but for the life of me, I cannot recall my caterpillar or pupa stage.

  3. BTW, it seems that there was a belief that metamorphosis represented replacement of one living individual by a new living individual. Something like a kind of spontaneous generation. A butterfly is generated from the corpse of a caterpillar..

  4. I wonder if he ever read a book by Kafka of the same name; Metamorphosis. That is a Kafka book, or am I way off base……..again?

  5. @TomS
    Yes, it’s the perennial question, which came first, the egg, the pupa or the caterpillar?

  6. jimroberts

    TomS “On which day of creation was the caterpillar created? On day 6, with all the animals that creep on the ground?
    On which day was the butterfly created? On day 5 with the all the flying and water animals?”

    I see no problem here. On day 5, the butterflies are created and they do what comes naturally, engage in sexual congress and lay eggs on suitable vegetation, already provided on an earlier day. On day 6, the eggs hatch and voilà, caterpillars. So maybe god had to speed up the normal hatching process a bit, but that’s no big deal compared to all the other clever stuff he was doing.

  7. The problem, as I see it, is that caterpillars are land-bound, and therefore were created on day 6, but butterflies are flying, so were created on day 5. If caterpillars are natural products of butterflies, then they were not created. The chrysalises are not land-bound nor flying,

  8. @davidambrose66, you’re not way off base. There is indeed a Kafka novel called The Metamorphosis, about a man who turns into a giant insect. In other words, about as plausible as many a creationist book, and with the added benefit that Kafka’s novel doesn’t claim to be literally true.

  9. Eric Lipps

    Judging from the quotes, Weitzel’s book is more an “isn’t God wonderful” tract than a straight-up creationist screed. But whether or not the author is peddling creationism, his, um, product seems likely to have a readership dominated by the sort of shining-eyed faithful who come up to you on the street to ask if you’ve let Jesus into your heart.

  10. Eric Lipps,
    When asked I usually respond that “Yes I’ve got lots but I am trying to cut back to just Tuesdays”. I enjoy the resulting confused looks.

  11. Eric Lipps: and I usually reply something like “my heart’s doing just fine with blood, thank you”.

  12. Evangelical College and Seminary do not give any details of student numbers, or of accreditation, although the Academic Dean has not one but two degrees from Bob Jones University. However they do declare a belief in bodily resurrection. Resurrection is not metamorphosis, and I think it is our sacred duty to report Weitel to the college authorities for heresy.

  13. Ross Cameron

    ‘ The wonderful design and the grandeur all created by the Great Designer, God.’. Yawn. Wonder if he covers the 33,000 diseases Mr. Wonderful created? Thought not.