Noah ‘Bout Bitumen?

In the discussion of issues with the Flood story in the Book of Genesis here on this blog recently, it was pointed out that there is another issue that hadn’t struck me before. Bitumen. Noah is supposed to make the ark waterproof using pitch. Bitumen forms from decomposed organic matter. And young-earth creationists claim that [Read More...]

Peter and the Flood

I recently experienced the irony of having someone quote 2 Peter in an attempt to show that there must have been a literal global flood. 2 Peter is the New Testament work which is the most universally acknowledged to be pseudepigraphal – in other words, an example of someone writing in the name of someone [Read More...]

Utnapishtim’s Coracle

For some reason the fact that a Mesopotamian version of the flood story contains an enormous circular ark is making news headlines in the Daily Mail and the International Business Times. HT All Mesopotamia [Read more...]

Tree of Knowledge

This image came my way on Facebook. There is more information about the tree on the National Geograohic website. Of course, by calling this post “tree of knowledge” I will be setting some readers on edge because of the allusion to Genesis. But that reaction itself reflects a problematic understanding of the passage. I doubt [Read More...]

IO9 on Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy

IO9 posted a review of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy. Here is an excerpt from the section on Year of the Flood, which will be the focus of my class for the next few weeks: In a sense, The Year of the Flood is an extended worldbuilding exercise. We learn about the cultures and experiences that [Read More...]

The Internet: All or Nothing?

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel set in the near future, The Year of the Flood, said this about the internet, and I thought it deserved to be shared (p.293): And the Internet was such a jumble of false and true factoids that no one believed what was on it any more, or else they believed all of [Read More...]

The Year of the Flood as Standalone Novel

I mentioned previously that I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy in order to review them, in particular the forthcoming third book, MaddAddam. I’ll be teaching my class on religion and science fiction this coming semester, and have been debating what novel or novels to include, along with the many short stories and The second [Read More...]

How Would You Try To Get Through?

I received an e-mail recently from someone whom I banned for trollish behavior, which seemed to me to be wasting the time of not only myself, but also other commenters. The individual in question was demonstrably dishonest, and refused to interact with evidence. The e-mail illustrates the same persistent claim or belief that the individual [Read More...]

Hymns of the God’s Gardeners

I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, and will be reviewing it in the near future. But I wanted to highlight one component of the second book in the trilogy, The Year of the Flood. The novel includes snippets of sermons as well as a whole set of complete songs reflecting the theology of this [Read More...]

Mars Attacks Young-Earth Creationism

Ian Millington recently drew my attention to an article about NASA’s Mars rover, and pointed out to me an interesting implication for young-earth creationism. If young-earth creationism is correct, and geological strata we see on Earth result from a global flood, then why do we find such strata in rocks on Mars? Of course, one can [Read More...]

Testing Young-Earth Creationism

Cdbren, a young-earth creationist commenter who was caught engaging in dishonest practices on this blog a while back, has made a reappearance, this time to (among other things) complain about my focusing on chalk deposits like the famous White Cliffs of Dover as counter-evidence to young-earth creationism. But as commenter Ian pointed out, it is [Read More...]


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