P.H. Gosse’s Failure to Untie the Geological Knot
A mammoth as restored in Gosse’s Omphalos. In Gosse’s view of history, however, such a scene never actually existed. The bones of the mammoth existed in the earth from the time of Creation and had never given form to a living animal.
Without a doubt, Philip Henry Gosse’s Omphalos is one of the strangest books I have ever read. Published in 1857, two years before Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species would cause the public and academics alike to take evolution more seriously, Gosse’s book was an attempt to rescue Creation itself from the perceived threat of science denuded of Christian authority. Gosse fervently believed that God’s word and works were in accord, but if