Making the World a Better Place

This New Yorker cartoon came to my attention via Hemant Mehta on Facebook. It often strikes me how few people notice the horror and brutality of the flood story in Genesis. It depicts God acting like an immature human being, one who would happily wipe out everyone else in order to have a bit of peace and quiet, or [Read More...]

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Ridiculously Complicated

Presumably there is a logical explanation for this, although it is one that is often overlooked by religious believers. The Biblical authors didn’t think of God as omnipotent. They had eliminated other gods by rolling them all into one. But God was still one who acted through flood and storm, earthquake and lightning, plague and famine. [Read More...]

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The Other Arks

Hemant Mehta shared the above cartoon. It is always good to ask about things a story doesn’t mention, but which perhaps it should. Gavin Rumney shared an older cartoon that explores a similar idea: [Read more...]

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The Bible: Better With Godzilla?

Cracked shared a series of movie posters which have Godzilla added to them, and one of them was Noah. That got me thinking: which Biblical stories would be better with Godzilla in them? Share your suggestions/stories/images in the comments section.   [Read more...]

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A Comparison of Flood Details

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#NoahWins

Saturday’s Non Sequitur connected Noah and Twitter. It isn’t the first time such a connection has been made: [Read more...]

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A Missing Page From Genesis

A friend drew my attention to this cartoon from People in White Coats. I’m a bit confused, to be honest. The shape of the bodies being thrown overboard makes me think that they are supposed to be Noah and his family. Were they not primates?! Or is the idea that they were made from modeled [Read More...]

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Doctor Who: The Ark in Space

Doctor Who had explored the scenario of humans sending an ark into space to survive the possible destruction of our planet, in the episode The Ark from the era of the First Doctor. In that episode, the stories about Noah and the ark have been completely forgotten. In this episode, the leader of the humans on [Read More...]

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Parallelomania and Mythicist Flood Stories

It struck me recently that the way many mythicists view Jesus in relation to other savior figures, is akin to how young-earth creationists view flood stories from around the world. The latter consider that all of the stories are copies from and reflect knowledge of a historical ancient flood. Someone with a tiny bit of [Read More...]

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Bible Weirdness Competition

In order to illustrate some points related to information literacy in my class on the Bible, I asked students to find the wackiest claims made about the Bible online. The two top contenders were (1) that the oil in the Middle East is essentially the luscious Garden of Eden, turned into oil by Noah’s flood, and [Read More...]

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Noah and Spider-Man

This response to a common argument from conservative Christians is brought to you by the blog God of Evolution. [Read more...]

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