Genesis Revisited – The Creation, by Donald Arlo Jennings
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This book is more than a bit of a puzzle, with so many unanswered questions it is difficult to know how to view the book. On the one hand, this book is written about a familiar subject, namely the book of Genesis , but this merely seems to be the taking off point for the author’s random tangents and speculations. Likewise, the author’s bio describes him as having written a chapter of a technical book as well as numerous articles, showing him to be familiar with how books are formed and structured and how sources are to be cited and other technical matters, and yet this book shows all of the rambling digressions and incoherence of someone who decided to write a book without ever having seen one . What saves this book from being a total waste is the fact that the author’s rambling style is punctuated by moments of self-awareness, where he realizes he is rambling and digressing and yet seems unable to stop himself from doing so over and over again. This is the work of someone who is self-aware, but seems to lack the skill to edit a work so that it is polished and has flow and continuity, so that its chapters make some kind of sense and are not there just to have the biblically significant number of twelve. for its divisions. This is a baffling book, to be sure, and one wonders exactly what the author was trying for other than to write out what had been filling up his troubled mind.
Describing the contents of this book is not as straightforward a task as it usually is. Most books have some sort of order and structure behind them that organizes their thought. This book, in contrast, is more than 200 pages of an author hopefully out of sorts with his material, jumping forward and backward within Genesis, returning to the same subjects over and over again, setting up a discussion only to pivot away from it by saying it is too controversial and numerous times showing the author’s admission that he is out of his depth or saying something that is outrageous and yet he cannot help himself. One wonders whether this book is the result of the author’s attempt to commit the paper his thoughts and speculations about Creation or whether it is a cry for some sort of help in order to help the author regain some shred of sanity. Be that as it may, the author should be aware that the author spends a lot of time discussing the idea that the earth was a penal colony for criminals from other purportedly inhabited planets and showing an unwise degree of credulity in various tales of the paranormal regarding UFO sightings and alien abductions and the like. At times in reading this book it feels like the author spends more time talking about alien abductions and related matters than he does about the Bible, and when he does talk about the Bible he shows an appalling ignorance about population dynamics and rates of population growth in pristine environments. Without a doubt, this is a book that did not need to be written.
It is unclear exactly to whom this book is aimed. Those who like their books to have sensible and logical divisions and a coherent flow are not going to like this book very much. Those who want books that are the result of sound research and exegesis are going to find this book’s casual and informal style and lack of citations to be off-putting. Those who are willing to entertain speculations about aliens will find better books to read (some of them cited in the bibliography of this book) about the subject. What this book reads like is the written and unedited ramblings of a crazy old relative who would corner you at a family gathering and talk your ear off for a couple of hours while you are desperately and unsuccessfully trying to escape the conversation to get a second helping of fried chicken. If that sounds appealing to you, by all means pick up this book to read. If that does not sound appealing, skip this.
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