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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