There are books that make you want to stand up and cheer; and there are books that make you want to sit down and sigh.
A publicist has invited me to review “a compelling new book [that] fuses science and religion, exposing the cross as an ancient navigational instrument.” For thousands and thousands of years, church and state successfully concealed these great secrets: until the guy that wrote this book came along and uncovered all this ancient knowledge that was kept a secret from everyone but him.
“By modern-day standards,” says the press release, “religion, astrology, and science [what–no palmistry?] are three separate entities that not only contradict each other, but rarely cross paths.” Mr. Author, however, “reveals that all three were once used in unison,” blah-blah.
Look, I have no problem with the idea that what we call “civilization” may be very much older than we think it is. Just because people lived long ago doesn’t mean they were jidrools. Was it only a lot of ignorant cavemen wiped out by Noah’s Flood? (God’s flood, really: but I use the shorthand.) Was it the Flintstones who built the Tower of Babel? Clearly the Bible allows us to speculate that ancient people were every bit as capable, intelligent, mischievous and sinful as ourselves, and that what we call “prehistory” is only history that has been lost. The Flood, for example, would have erased practically all traces of an antediluvian civilization, and the long years would have done the rest.
But here we have the usual drivel about how “the Church in its desperate struggle to keep a profitable business alive and functioning” was nasty enough to bury all this ancient knowledge and hold us back from being all we can be, etc., etc. Boo, hiss. I hate it when the Church does that.
No, I’m not going to divulge the title of the book or the name of the author. They won’t get any free publicity from me.
Atheism is only a small cog in the great machine of godless popular culture that teaches the human race to be numbskulls.