Those of you who may still have doubts about the tale of Noah and his Ark will surely be convinced by the latest post at the website of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
AIG’s new essay is Flood Tales from the Canyon. It’s a re-post of something they first presented a year ago, written by two names that are unfamiliar to us. Jeremy D. Lyon and Bill Hoesch. We’re told that Lyon founded the Center for Creation Studies at Southern California Seminary. He currently serves as associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Truett-McConnell College. Hoesch earned a BA in geology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an MS in geology from the Institute for Creation Research. He currently teaches undergraduate science courses at Southern California Seminary.
So it’s the Bill and Jerry show — both teach at a bible colleges, and Bill has an advanced degree from the prestigious Institute for Creation Research. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Geology is typically what people think about when studying how Grand Canyon formed. But the region also preserves cultural evidence in Native American flood traditions, which are still being retold.
Wowie — Native American flood traditions! Bill & Jerry say:
The Hualapai — “people of the tall pines” — occupy remote lands in western Grand Canyon where Ponderosa pine, elk, bighorn sheep, and cougar abound. At the foot of Wikahme, or Spirit Mountain, in southernmost Nevada, are ancient pictographs with a flood story interpreted for us in a published account by tribal elder and scholar, Lucille Watahomigie.
A tribal elder — that’s a credible scientific source. Let’s read on:
Prior to this, the story had been recounted only in oral tradition via dance and song. It contains these elements. Rains fell on the earth for 45 days. The rising waters wiped out all peoples with the lone exception of an old man atop Spirit Mountain. The Creator eventually sent a bird to the man with instructions to dig with a ram’s horn into the foot of the mountain to enable the waters to drain. The man obeyed and soon the bird returned a second time with grass in its beak to inform the man that the waters had receded.
Just like the bible story — except this one involves only one old man, no ark, no boatload of animals, no reference to a sinful world, no landing at Mount Ararat, and no rainbow. But it’s close enough. Bill & Jerry continue:
A second pictograph depicts a vessel carrying eight passengers “across the waters,” from whom all the peoples of the earth were descended. It is unclear how the two pictographs are related. Mrs. Watahomigie insists the account came to her by oral tradition from her forefathers and that it borrowed no elements from Christian influences.
Right — no missionary influences at all. Here’s yet another Native American flood story:
The Havasupai — “people of the blue-green waters” — live in western Grand Canyon, along beautiful Havasu Creek. According to their tradition, the medicine man prepared a hollow log for a young girl, animals, and provisions to survive the great flood. The rains came and the log floated on the water many days. The floodwaters covered the whole earth, killing all people. The log eventually came to rest at Grand Canyon, and this young girl became the mother of all peoples.
Amazing coincidence — except that there isn’t any Noah, or his family, or any men at all, no mention of a sinful world, no Mount Ararat, and no rainbow. Otherwise, it’s very close. Moving along:
In an interview, Dianna Uqualla, director of the Havasupai tribal museum, shared the Havasupai belief that Grand Canyon was formed by the receding waters of this great worldwide flood. In fact, other neighboring tribes have similar stories about the forming of Grand Canyon.
That means it must be true! Bill & Jerry present us with their scholarly conclusion:
These Native American stories are part of a growing list of hundreds of ancient flood traditions all over the world that share common elements with the Genesis account. While details vary, these traditions all share elements of the whole earth being flooded and only a few survivors. It appears that cultures around the world have a distant memory of a common event in history, which God’s Word flawlessly records in Genesis 6–8.
Your Curmudgeon is convinced. We assume that you are too, dear reader.
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