In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood
In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood is an understandable, comprehensive, and meticulously documented resource that will give new insight to readers of all backgrounds. It takes a different look at at the mechanisms of the global flood. Evidence that could revolutionize our understanding of origins is carefully explained. You will be challenged to consider fresh ideas in this age-old debate.
Part I of In the Beginning discusses, in quick overview, 136 categories of evidence from biology, astronomy, and the physical and earth sciences. More technical discussions and documentation are found in the author’s extensive endnotes.
Part II introduces and describes the hydroplate theory—a new theory developed after more than 30 years of study by Dr. Walt Brown, a former evolutionist. This theory explains a catastrophic event in earth’s history and answers a host of previously unexplained questions raised by physical observations. For decades, evolutionists complained that creationists only criticized evolution and did not have sound scientific theories of their own. The hydroplate theory ends that complaint and explains, with overwhelming evidence, Earth’s defining geological event—a worldwide flood.
Part III contains thirty frequently asked questions from those attending seminars by Dr. Brown.
The 8th edition was published in December 2008, and the 9th is projected (as of January 2015) to be published in 2018.
Walt Brown's In the Beginning does not qualify as a "unified theory of the creation of everything." But it comes close--very close. It also lays out and explains the case for creation and against evolution in terms that anyone can understand, while including enough science to answer those critics of creationism that insist that "creationists don't do science; they merely criticize."
Where is the real pseudoscience?
Most people will remember Walt Brown's work for his hydroplate theory of the Global Flood. But before he even discusses his theory, Brown examines critically all the supposed "evidence" for evolution--and then touches on all the issues that vex evolutionists today, issues that they know constitute evidence against evolution.
Brown recognizes, early in his work, that definitions are important--and indeed, definitions are at issue. "Evolution" can mean many things to many people in many contexts. Brown anticipates this objection by setting forth a definition of evolution that includes the most important aspect of the theory: macroevolution, or the production, from random chance, of a species more complex and better adaptable to its environment than its forbears.
He then presents a devastating attack on the very concept of evolution, in three successive theaters of battle:
- In his discussion of life sciences, he shows that none of the observations about life support the notion of macroevolution--and many of those observations militate against it. He is not speaking merely of famous frauds (though he does not ignore outright fraud). He speaks of the most basic observable facts about life, heredity, and survival, things that two or three generations have been led to believe support evolution when in fact they do not.
- He moves on to the physical sciences and to astronomy, and shows that the various theories formed to explain the origin of the universe, the solar system, and the earth itself simply cannot explain all that is observable about these things. (Other former evolutionists have observed the same thing.)
- Lastly, he tackles geology--and in particular, flood geology, which makes the case for a worldwide flood as the best explanation for a variety of findings. Shellfish on mountaintops is one example that most people probably don't know about. In this section, Brown also examines the stories of those who claim to have seen Noah's Ark, and whether the Ark had room enough for its described mission in Genesis 6-8 .
The Hydroplate Theory
Brown moves from this last section to a presentation of his hydroplate theory, a relatively new model that not only suggests how the Flood might have occurred (and where all the water went afterward), but also dares explain a number of remarkable--and vexing--observations about the earth and the solar system. Among other things, Brown's theory explains the origin of:
- Ocean trenches--and, of course, the mid-oceanic ridge (Mid-Atlantic, Southwest Indian, and Pacific-Indian Ridge) systems.
- Fossils that occur in layers (which not all of them do).
- The Grand Canyon. (This is not in the print edition yet, but will become part of it with the eighth edition. Brown does not say so specifically, but recent discoveries by the RATE Group in the Grand Canyon might have prompted him to consider squarely this massive formation that has defied explanation since its discovery.)
- Limestone formations.
- Frozen mammoths.
- Comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. (Hint: their composition, and certain features about their orbits, indicate that they all came from the earth and constitute Flood ejecta.)
Frequently Asked Questions
The last part of Brown's book faces certain questions that, understandably, people might still have concerning whether creation can "explain everything," even if evolution cannot. Brown does not attempt to give definitive answers to all these questions, and this is why this book cannot be construed as a "unified theory" of creation. Rather, Brown acquaints the reader with certain models of the earth and the universe that would, if proved workable, explain virtually any reasonable question that a reader might have. He obviously has not heard of all the possible models--for example, nowhere does he discuss Russell Humphreys' white hole cosmology, or the RATE Group's exciting new evidence suggesting accelerated decay. He does, however, discuss the central problem with radiometric dating, and specifically with carbon-14: namely, that the assumption that the level of carbon-14 in the atmosphere has been at dynamic equilibrium for millions of years has not been established independently of dating results themselves, and therefore one cannot reliably infer an old earth from "old" carbon-14 dates. (He also criticizes some other Global Flood theories, like the canopy theory, on scientific grounds--which ought to belie the notion that young earth creationists never argue with one another on scientific grounds.)
Brown's book is an excellent challenge to evolution, because it is not merely defensive but also offensive, in that Brown offers a theory of his own to say not merely what might have happened but what probably did happen on the basis of hard evidence. Brown will probably not stop his own research for some time to come--and his book ought to induce others to follow the many leads that he gives.
- Msgr. John F. McCarthy, J.C.D., S.T.D., Anti-Darwinism Today, Living Tradition, 63, March 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2007 from the Roman Theological Forum. Includes a summary of other anti-evolution works that preceded this one.
- Curtis D. Klinger, brief review of In the Beginning. Retrieved April 11, 2007, from Creationism.org/.
- Interviews with Walt Brown by Bob Enyart on Real Science Radio. Links to streaming and downloadable audio. Retrieved February 18, 2012 from rsr.org.
- Jocelyn Duffy, brief on-line review. Retrieved April 11, 2007.