Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ancient Egyptian and Creation Resources

When we studied Ancient Egypt last year, we were frustrated with our timeline dates that did not match up with a Young Earth Creationist viewpoint. The Christian curriculum we had been using sadly used all evolutionary dates in the historic timeline. ???? This was quite frustrating after all the money I poured into this curriculum.

Well the kids and I knew that wasn't historically accurate at all. We also knew that before the Flood, dates are estimates, but we also knew that a Young Earth theory carries far more credibility  than an Old Earth theory.

I did some research and found Christian archeologist David Down at Answers in Genesis.  Thrilled, we used his suggested dates which made a lot more sense.  A few months after studying Egypt, a brand new book hit the Christian bookshelves, Unwrapping the Pharoahs How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Timeline by David Down. We were excited about using this book the next time we study Ancient Egypt at the rhetoric level in four years.

When we studied Creation, we added  Dinosaurs by Design and  The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible

 When we studied the Flood, we included The Geology Book by John Morris from the Institute of Creation Research.  This book helped me put all the pieces of the puzzle together about Creation, the Great Flood and geologic processes.  We also read Footprints in the Ash: The Explosive Story of Mount St. Helens, a beautifully photographed and fascinating book by John Morris and Steven Austin.  Scientists learned a lot from Mt. St. Helens.  They learned that gorges and canyons form quickly over a matter of hours to days.  They learned that peat bogs form in months.  In essence, they learned that big destruction causes big changes.  They brought some Old Earth Scientists to the newly formed canyons and bogs and asked them when they were created.  The OE Scientists took out their tools and determined these fascinating geological places were formed millions of years ago.  When they were told they were recently and quickly formed by Mt. St. Helens, and they saw the evidence, they were silenced.  Now the OE Scientists are having to change some of their theories.  =)  Because of discoveries and observations from Mt. St. Helens, New Earth Creationists are now showcasing the Grand Canyon through new eyes.   Grand Canyon: A Different View by Tom Vail has been selling well at the Grand Canyon bookstores, much to the dismay of the Old Earth theorists.  This gorgeously book has stunning photographs of the Grand Canyon, with excerpts from Young Earth Creationists about the clues found in the canyon. 

Then of course we watched The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston.  It  helped us make connections between Egypt and the Israelites. It was so cool to actually see all the stuff we had read about.  For being a Hollywood movie it was pretty accurate. 

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