Book Review: Creation’s Tiny Mystery -- By: Robert V. Gentry
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Creation’s Tiny Mystery
Reviewed by Robert L. Goette
[The review is given to call attention to the supplement to this issue of A&BR. ]
In the Forward to Creation’s Tiny Mystery, Dr. Scot Morrow, a chemistry professor, writes, “Robert V. Gentry writes lucidly of his meticulous experimentation with radioactive halos in ancient minerals. Many scientists with international reputations have commented favorably in regard to Gentry’s integrity and the professional quality of his data. A non-Darwinian evolutionist like me is struck by how often creationists and evolutionists look at the same information, e.g., the fossil record, and extract from it mutually exclusive interpretations… Creation’s Tiny Mystery can be profitably read by all scientists, regardless of their specific discipline, by evolutionists and non-evolutionists alike. Also, it is a challenge to students of government and philosophical thought. Gentry has called into question the practice of science in the institutionalized public arena.”
The author states the central thesis of the book as, “… the Creator left decisive evidence enabling us to identify the Genesis rocks of our planet. But genuine evidence for creation falsifies the evolution model of origins, irrespective of how many pieces of the evolutionary puzzle seem to fit together. By most popular accounts, scientists are thought to be fair, open-minded, and honest, always ready to accept new evidence, even if it conflicts with cherished theories. This book presents the other side of the story- the twenty-year-long effort to publish my discoveries supporting creation.”
The first four chapters of the book
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deal primarily with details of Gentry’s experimental work and his interpretation of the results. Chapters 5 and 6 share some of the reactions of the evolutionary scientific community to his work. Chapters 7–13 go into great detail about the Arkansas court trial and the attack against creation science there. The final two chapters of the book are concerned more with the media reaction to the creation/ evolution controversy. In the Epilogue Gentry summarizes how his work fits into a creation model of origins. The final section has 11 pages of prints of various halos which are most helpful in understanding the text, followed by a 90-page appendix of reprints of Gentry’s published articles, and key letters and testimony from the Arkansas trial.
While Creation’ s Tiny Mystery gives excellent detail, only a brief summary of Gentry’8 work can be given here: 1) Presence of “parentless” polonium halosYou must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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