A preview of The Rocks Don't Lie


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of David R. Montgomery's The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood (W. W. Norton, 2012). The preview consists of chapter 2, "A Grand Canyon," in which Montgomery considers the flood geology book Grand Canyon: A Different View. "The book simply stated that, according to the Bible, Noah's Flood formed the Grand Canyon and all the rocks through which it's cut in under a year. There was no explanation for the multiple alternating layers of different rock types, the erosional gaps in the rock sequence that spoke of ages of lost time, or the remarkable order to the various fossils in the canyon walls. The story was nothing like the tale I read in the rocks I had spen[t] the day hiking past."

Describing the book, its publisher writes, "In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah's Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating the world’s flood stories and — drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists — discovered the counterintuitive role Noah's Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism. ... With an explorer's eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science, Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the [elusive] nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today."