One would think that a creationist organization like the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — would be content to rely on the authority of the bible for things like Noah’s Flood, as there’s no reason for them to go elsewhere for information about anything. But they keep on trying to find other evidence.
The last time they offered non-scriptural evidence for the Flood was NASA Photo Proves Noah’s Flood. We’ve posted about several earlier attempts, for example: Japan’s Earthquake Proves Noah’s Flood, and also The Flood! The Flood! The Flood!, and also More Proof of Noah’s Flood!
But this time they’ve really done it. We are pleased to bring you Why Does Nearly Every Culture Have a Tradition of a Global Flood? It’s written by John D. Morris, Ph.D., and that name requires us to consult the ICR begats in order to know who he is.
ICR was founded by Henry Morris (1918-2006), about whom we wrote Henry Morris: the Ultimate Creationist. Together with John Whitcomb, he wrote The Genesis Flood, published in 1961. Morris is regarded as the father of the modern creation science movement. Not only that, but he founded a creationist dynasty.
The founder’s eldest son, Henry Morris III, is carrying on the family business as ICR’s Chief Executive Officer. His son, Henry IV (the grandson of ICR’s founder), is “Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.” He has a degree in Business from Liberty University. Another son of ICR’s founder, John D. Morris, is now president of ICR and is “best known for leading expeditions to Mt. Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark.” Our guess is that he wrote today’s article.
Okay, now we’re ready to begin. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
One of the strongest evidences for the global flood which annihilated all people on Earth except for Noah and his family, has been the ubiquitous presence of flood legends in the folklore of people groups from around the world. And the stories are all so similar. Local geography and cultural aspects may be present but they all seem to be telling the same story.
Really? The tale of Noah and his Ark are global — like the Flood itself? This is fascinating! ICR continues:
Over the years I have collected more than 200 of these stories, originally reported by various missionaries, anthropologists, and ethnologists. While the differences are not always trivial, the common essence of the stories is instructive as compiled below:
What follows is ICR’s list of commonalities in their collected flood stories:
Most of those details would be common to any flood account preserved by primitive cultures. Note that some of the last items, which are rather prominent in the tale of Noah (landing on a mountain, sending out birds, offering a sacrifice, and only a few survivors in the whole world), are absent from most other flood stories. They are, however, present in the Gilgamesh flood myth, upon which the Genesis tale is believed to be based. Let’s read on:
The most similar accounts are typically from middle eastern cultures, but surprisingly similar legends are found in South America and the Pacific Islands and elsewhere. None of these stories contains the beauty, clarity, and believable detail given in the Bible, but each is meaningful to their own culture.
Whoopie! But except for understandable similarities in the Middle East, due to the influence of the Gilgamesh tale, the wildly different flood stories elsewhere mean nothing — except that floods are a common occurrence. We continue:
Details may have been added, lost, or obscured in the telling and retelling, but the kernel of truth remains. When two separate cultures have the same “myth” in their body of folklore, their ancestors must have either experienced the same event, or they both descended from a common ancestral source which itself experienced the event.
Frankly, that is absurd. If all flood stories everywhere were telling of the same event — the most important event in human history — virtually all the details would be preserved, including Noah’s name. As we’ve said before:
[D]iscrepancies are not expected. Englishmen, for example, have scattered from their home island and now live all over the world. But except for known embellishments by later writers, there is no variation in the legend of King Arthur.
Here’s more from ICR:
The only credible way to understand the widespread, similar flood legends is to recognize that all people living today, even though separated geographically, linguistically, and culturally, have descended from the few real people who survived a real global flood, on a real boat which eventually landed on a real mountain. Their descendants now fill the globe, never to forget the real event.
But how does ICR account for various people who have no such legend? There are accounts of floods in Egypt, for example, but nothing even remotely comparable to Noah’s tale. Is it likely that such an event would be forgotten by a literate culture? Here’s the conclusion of ICR’s article:
But, of course, this is not the view of most modern scholars. They prefer to believe that something in our commonly evolved psyche forces each culture to invent the same imaginary flood legend with no basis in real history. Instead of scholarship, this is “willful ignorance” of the fact that “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (II Peter 3:5,6).
So there you are, dear reader. We’ll leave it to you to decide for yourselves.
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