Literally as Old as Methuselah?
Literally as Old as Methuselah?
March 24, 2012
James F. McGrath
The expression “old as Methuselah” is perhaps not as common now as it once was.
Methuselah was famous for his unbelievably long life according to the Bible (969 years), hence the expression. But according to the Septuagint, he managed to survive the Flood without being on the ark!
Young earth creationists treat such absurd ages in the same way they treat the worldwide flood for which there isn’t evidence: as matters to be accepted on faith, supported by bogus pseudoscientific claims to lend them an air of credibility to deceive the gullible.
A couple of blogs had posts in the past day or so that highlighted just how at much young-earth creationists’ claims are at odds not only with everything we know about science and human lifespans but also history and other areas as well.
First, the blog Cognitive Discopants has a great post, “What if God Threw a Flood and No One Came?” It focuses on what was happening in other parts of the world at the time of or soon after groups like Answers in Genesis say the flood occurred. Assyrians, Egyptians, Harappans, and many others had the audacity to carry on with dynasties, conquests, and pyramid-building as though the flood of Noah were something that could be simply ignored. I highly recommend clicking through to read the whole thing, and circulating it to your young-earth creationist friends and family.
Likewise Randal Rauser blogged about young-earth creationism and really old living things. Among other things, he shared a video about living things which are much older than young-earth creationists say the earth is, including a tree that is so old, they call it Methuselah.
By the way, the expression “old as Methuselah” dates back to at least the 14th century, and thus is well on its way towards being an expression that is as “old as Methuselah.”
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