Philip Lee Williams, a former systems engineer and telecommunications entrepeneur, has deserved a lot of attention. After 20 years of systematic investigation in what began as a discovery of the migration patterns in ancient Israel Archaeological Evidence of Noah’s Flood is the result. Instead of blindly following one or more of the ruling paradigms (Big Bang Theory, Young Earth Creationists, Science over Bible, etc.) he decided to set 3 criteria as archeological evidence of the Flood:
- a sudden disappearance of the earth’s population sometime earlier than the second millennium before Christ
- a new dispersion of people from the Ancient Near East following this sudden depopulation and
- a clear worldwide discontinuity of archeological culture that would necessarily mark the depopulation and new dispersion.
Williams devoted years of study of archeology in the light of the Bible and tells us about his voyage. He didn’t anything for granted, and so you’re challenged to review everything you learned and know about history, theology, linguistics. Take your time to read, it will take a while. In Part 1 he explains how the teachings of modern science conflict with the biblical account of the origins of man and the difficult challange that poses to a faith that is based upon historical truth.
In Part 2 the author points out how historical thinking is rooted in the Bible but how influential Christian theologians have shifted from teaching the historical revelations of the Scriptures to philosophical theology. He explains that the God of the philosophers is not the God of the Bible. In Part 3 he shows how Reformed theology gradually developed into the Deist view that challenged the literal words of the Bible. Modern understanding of history cut its biblical roots, causing many problems, such as the deep racism of the Enlightment. From the Nazi regime to the American Dream, deeply rooted in this earlier developments.
In Part 4 Williams reviews the most influential interpretations of the biblical Flood: Darwinist, Framework, Theistic Evolutionist, Progressive Creationist, Young Earth Creationist, Gap (Ruin & Restorationist), and of course the author himself have ideas on who (or who’s not) the Creator, what’s the age of the Earth, how the days in Genesis are interpreted, what’s the age of Man and when the Flood did (or did never) take place. I won’t reveal the details here, but I bet they’re different from what you learned in school or church.
Williams also explains the method of searching for the Flood that he determined to follow. Part 5 covers his discoveries. Part 6 tackles some implications these findings have for related scientific and scholarly fields. There’s much work left. Williams is humble enough to qualify himself as fallible. Any feedback is welcome. Part 7 discusses the relevance for our present world. Truth needs to get hold of us (again).
Williams was completing his twenty-year systematic investigation of the archaeological evidence of a worldwide Flood, when Hong Kong NAMI explorers announced their 2010 discovery on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. Pottery found in what appears the remains of Noah’s Ark relate to a ceramic assemblage that archaeologists see originating on the plains of Ararat and from which the author traces a second worldwide dispersion of mankind. Using forensic analysis, Williams had previously identified what are now understood as ancient religious burials as in fact resulting from a worldwide Flood, radiocarbon dated to about 2400BC. Should his findings withstand the intense scrutiny invited by the author, it will rewrite the history of the ancient world. Accordingly, the advancing edge of belief and learning must return to the biblical foundations that the West has rejected since the Enlightenment.
In my humble opinion Archaeological Evidence of Noah’s Flood is a mind shifter!
About the author
Philip Ernest Williams has interspersed his career in technology with lengthy studies in the philosophy of science, the history of ideas, biblical studies, and the history of mankind. His book is the product of years of research following his discovery of population patterns in ancient Israel that met his three criteria as archaeological evidence of the Flood. Since his retirement in 1990 from the telecommunications software company he founded, the author has alternated his time researching archaeology and ancient history with the promotion of infrastructure development in poor nations and international community among Christians.