I just spent hours today pouring over The Genius of Ancient Man by Don Landis. The subject matter is just fascinating! This books sets out to support the Biblical position of man being created intelligently, and of Babel being the origin from where people spread out across the earth.
People with an evolutionary mindset believe that man started out simple and has progressively gotten smarter and more advanced. Even Christians typically assume that we are the most advanced that any civilization has been since the beginning of time. Mr. Landis sets out to change our mind on the subject.
He explains how Adam and Eve were the smartest people ever on the earth because they were created first, perfectly, in God's image, and with no mutations or sickness like we have now. They also had communion with God, so they probably had access to infinitely more knowledge than we do. After they sinned,
man's abilities and intellect slowly decreased as the fallen world took a toll on their bodies and minds. Mr. Landis speculates that by the time of the flood, ancient man may have been very, very advanced (there was about 1500 years between creation and the flood, after all, and think about all that we have been able to accomplish in just the past couple of hundred years!) There is no way to prove this, because everything was wiped out in the flood and then Noah and his family had to start from scratch again.
Mr. Landis goes on to show example after example of how ancient civilizations in different areas of the world shared similarities early on, pointing to a common starting place (Babel). He also shows many examples of advanced things that researchers have found, but cannot explain because they do not think that ancient man was very advanced or intelligent.
This book is filled with interesting information and great pictures. One of my favorite parts is a six page timeline showing advances attributed to different civilizations. I cannot recommend this book to you enough! If you have a high schooler who is studying ancient times, this would make a great read for them. If you have younger children you are teaching about ancient times, this would be a great book for you to read before you begin. If you are an adult just looking for an interesting read, this is for you too!
If this book looks interesting to you, you can read other people's reviews and watch an interview with Don Landis at nlpgblogs!
I was given this book for free to review by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are honest and my own!