Geology is the Least of the Flood’s Problems

Someone commented on a post I shared on Facebook, “The Bible gives clear evidence of the dates [of the flood] in Genesis 5 and 11.” Murray Hogg offered the following reply, which I thought was worth sharing as a post on my blog, and so I am doing so with his permission: Yep. It sets [Read More…]

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…]

Flood Geology on Mars

When people ask why you make fun of young-earth creationists, there is no better place to point them to than the article on the Answers in Genesis website about Mars. It concludes: While data from both Spirit and Opportunity support a catastrophic model of Martian geology, Opportunity has shown that Meridiani Planum was catastrophically flooded [Read More…]

Post-Flood Miracle

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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]