Self-Published Genius #56: Proof of Genesis

We’re a little bit dubious about today’s 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.

Why are we dubious? Because we don’t have an actual press release. Instead, we have an article in WorldNetDaily (WND), the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed, Their headline is Ancient art documents evidence of biblical creation, sub-titled “Tells same story as the early chapters of the book of Genesis.” M’god, WND’s readers have made almost 200 comments already! Here are some excerpts from WND’s article, which we’re treating as a press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Some among modern people regard the book of Genesis as a “myth,” but what if evidence exists for the creation story beyond the Bible? What if non-Christians kept historical records detailing the biblical account of creation? According to one author, they did.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] How exciting! WND says:

In the new book “Genesis Characters and Events in Ancient Greek Art,” Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., outlines the plethora of evidence in Greek art that backs the Genesis story. According to Johnson, “Ancient Greek religious art boasts of the triumph of the way of Cain over Noah and his God-fearing offspring after the flood, telling the same story as the early chapters of the book of Genesis.”

We couldn’t find that book at Amazon, which is very strange, so we clicked on WND’s link to it at their bookstore and discovered that it was published by something called Solving Light Books. When we Googled for them and clicked on their “About” link we discovered that the author, Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. is also the vice president of Solving Light Books. That’s good enough for us to conclude that this is a vanity published book.

Also, it turns out that we mentioned Solving Light Books once before, way back in 2009 — see Texas: Creationism and Cosmology?. Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist who was chairman of the Texas State Board of Education, was promoting a different book they published, and it was also written by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.

Okay! We’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got what amounts to the author’s press release, so the book qualifies for our collection. Let’s read on to see what WND says. They quote the author:

The Greeks remembered the original paradise calling it the Garden of the Hesperides, always depicting it with a serpent-entwined apple tree. The book of Genesis doesn’t say what kind of fruit it was: It’s from the Greek tradition we get the idea that Eve ate an apple.

What? We remember learning about The Garden of the Hesperides. It was tended by nymps and guarded by a dragon, or a hydra. One of their apples was the Apple of Discord, which led to the Trojan War — see Judgement of Paris, which was mentioned in the Iliad. But other then trees and apples and some kind of serpent, nothing even remotely brings the Genesis tale to mind. Anyway, WND tells us:

The evidence for Johnson’s claims are vast: numerous works of art and Greek legends mirror the account found in Genesis. “Both the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Greek religious tradition insist that their respective first couples came from an ancient paradise with a serpent-entwined fruit tree. Two opposite spiritual standpoints – the former looking to the Creator as the source of truth, and the latter looking to the serpent for it – share the same factual basis,” Johnson posits.

The WND article goes on for a bit, but we’ve excerpted enough. Go ahead, dear reader, buy the thing from the WND bookstore and judge for yourself. It’s only $27.99 in paperback. You can’t go wrong.

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19 responses to “Self-Published Genius #56: Proof of Genesis

  1. Balderdash!

    As a devout Boiled-Again Pastafarian, my infallible intuition assures me (and should assure you all) that the Hydra of Ancient Greek legend reflects an historic visitation to Earth by The Flying Spaghetti Monster (Blessed be His Noodliness!).

  2. The EoAL arrives at the same conclusion as our dear SC independently:

    http://americanloons.blogspot.com/2011/05/195-robert-bowie-johnson-jr.html

  3. Michael Fugate

    Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.
    Mr. Johnson, an airborne ranger infantry veteran of Vietnam, holds a general science degree from West Point. In addition to “Outing the Moronocracy,” he is the author of “The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble,” “Noah in Ancient Greek Art,” and “Sowing Atheism.” He is also the inventor of the board game “Obozo’s America: Why Bother Working for a Living?” His Web sites are themoronocracy.com, solvinglight.com, and obozosamerica.com

  4. OMG, won’t these people ever give it a rest? First they say they don’t need evidence, it is a matter of faith. Then they say they have all of the evidence anyone could want, so faith isn’t needed. I wish they would make up their damned minds!

    On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 9:11 AM, The Sensuous Curmudgeon wrote:

    > The Curmudgeon posted: “We’re a little bit dubious about today’s 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 h” >

  5. Mike McCants

    The Amazon entry is: amazon.com/Genesis-Characters-Events-Ancient-Greek/dp/1539103617

    Amazon credits the self-publishing company – createspace.com

    And Amazon gives the link to the author’s web site: genesisingreekart.com

    Conclusion – these mythological creatures and people go back a very long way in history. But it’s still just mythology.

  6. Michael Fugate

    Link to Johnson’s “open letter” to the NAS complaining about “Science, Evolution and Creationism”:
    http://outingthemoronocracy.com/Moronocracy/NAS_INCOMPETENCE_1-6.html
    His quote about the “Clergy Letter Project”:
    “One of the many ironies in Zimmerman’s letter is that atheist reptile descent religion actually does “transform hearts”—by darkening them.”
    Chapter 2

  7. WND: “What if non-Christians kept historical records detailing the biblical account of creation? According to one author, they did.”

    Indeed they did.

    They call themselves . . . . . . . (wait for it)

    Jews.

  8. Michael Fugate

    It is interesting that Johnson uses “Cainite” to refer to people he doesn’t like – a white supremacist Christian identity term – the NAS, Obama, Oprah, atheists, etc.

    I ran across this interesting book by a professor Joseph Blenkinsopp at Notre Dame: Creation Un-Creation Re-Creation. A Discursive Commentary on Genesis 1-11 (New York & London: Continuum, 2011)

    He contends that the first 11 chapters are late add-ons – purely symbolic.

  9. Megalonyx
    That you for pointing me to the Truth of the FSM. If I get married (again) I am going to New Zealand for a Pastafarian wedding.

    I wonder if any of these self published morons make money. If they do, and anyone else is looking to retire early, I am open to a co-authored group effort.

  10. Ross Cameron

    Any chance the bible authors copied Greek mythos? O.K. thought not.

  11. I’m a little confused. I usually use the fact that you can find a lot of Bible stories in other religion and legends as proof that Christianity ISN’T the one true word. Now they’re saying that because the Bible borrows from other pagan belief systems, that’s PROOF that the Bible is true?

  12. Ancient Christians tried to claim that the sages of classical Greece and Rome got their ideas from the Hebrews.

  13. I was going to say exactly what https://www.facebook.com/WillfullyRandom said. They seem a bit upset when you point out their God is Jewish.

  14. Robert Graves argued that the Apple of Discord and the fruit in the garden of Eden were one and the same. He believed that both Greek and Hebrew versions represented an over-writing of an earlier goddess-based religion. Eve, mother of all living, is of course the goddess, misrepresented in Genesis as a disobedient temptress, while Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena are three separate aspects of the same deity. he also compared Samson and Hercules

    I fear (can someone correct me?) that all this is now regarded as merely fanciful

  15. When and why did the apple become fixed as the fruit of the tree of Eden?

  16. Wikipedia (sounds plausible to me): In Western Europe, the fruit was often depicted as an apple. This was possibly because of a misunderstanding of – or a pun on – mălum, a native Latin noun which means evil (from the adjective malus), and mālum, another Latin noun, borrowed from Greek μῆλον, which means apple. In the Vulgate, Genesis 2:17 describes the tree as de ligno autem scientiae boni et mali : “but of the tree [litearlly wood ] of knowledge of good and evil” (mali here is the genitive of malum).

  17. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    Just jumps out atcha, don’t it?

    “They seem a bit upset when you point out their God is Jewish”.

    And yet, ironically enough, many “Christians” consider themselves to be the :New Israelites –YHWH’s chosen people;

    America is their “Promised Land” of milk & honey.

    And they can hardly wait for the Armageddon to arrive.

  18. There’s no irony about it. Some of them flat-out say modern Jews are not the descendants of the Israelites, but are instead derived from some other people (the Khazars are popular candidates). Others unwilling to go that far, insist that the Jews lost their “chosen people” status when they refused to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

    Oh, and they look forward eagerly to an Armageddon in which all but 144,000 Jews will be slaughtered and the remnant will survive only by becoming evangelical Christians. I kid you not.

  19. Koestler pushed the idea of Khazar ancestry, as part of his anti-Zionist agenda. But I haven’t come across that idea for quite a while, and as I recall DNA evidence gives present day Ashkenazi Jews are largely Middle Eastern ancestry

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