DONALD W. PATTEN, a geographer by training and lifelong interest, was born on November 11, 1929, in Conrad, a small town on the high plains of Montana near Glacier National Park. He entered the University of Montana in 1947 and engaged upon a series of studies including ancient history, ancient literature, climatology, genetics, geography, geomorphology, mathematics and philosophy.
While absorbing humanistic viewpoints, he also began to read the Bible, and to reflect upon its claims. In 1948, he experienced conversion to Biblical Christianity, and through a coincidence, was given pulpit duties as a student at a small, rural community church in the village of Lolo. Following his conversion, this further experience in lay preaching and teaching was a most profound influence in his young manhood, coming in the midst of his studies.
Mr. Patten received a B.A, in Geography from the University of Washington in 1951, and an M.A. in Geography in 1962. Mr. Patten and his wife Lorraine have one daughter and six sons.
THE BIBLICAL FLOOD AND ICE EPOCH was conceived in 1960, and has been
generated by his interests in various fields of geography, history and
science. Although the doctrine of uniformitarianism had been continuously
proposed and systematically promoted during his collegiate days, it was,
as he puts it, "not gullibly received," due partly to his observations
of the recent ruggedness, and the wave-like alignment of the ridges and
ranges of the Bitterroots, the Cabinets, the Kootenais, the Cascades with
their glaciation and volcanism, the Rockies with their magnificent sawtooth
faces, and even such isolated examples as the Sweetgrass Hills and the
Knees out on the Great Plains, all of which were too familiar.
"The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch" by Donald W. Patten - is ©1966 by Pacific Meridian Pub. Co.