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Before the Flood

IO9 asked which myths deserve to be made into science fiction movies. One response was the image above. It imagines more or less what Ken Ham’s words could be construed as meaning, when he suggests that humans lived with dinosaurs, and that people may have had more advanced technology before the flood that for some [Read More...]

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Inspired by the Flood Story

The above featurette about the making of the ark for the upcoming movie Noah has gotten me much more excited about the movie than I was before. It is not the first adaptation of the flood story to take creative license. That is, in actual fact, what the Bible’s flood story did with earlier versions. [Read More...]

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Noah’s Flood Website

I just learned of a new website, Noah’s Flood, created to look at stories of natural cataclysms from long before the Bible up through the new Noah movie. I have only taken a quick look, but it looks interesting and worth sharing. [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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