AIG: More Evidence of the Global Flood

It’s always interesting to see how creationists continue to insist that the tale of Noah and the Flood is a true account of something that actually happened. You’ve probably seen Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology, one of our most popular posts, with over 38,000 views so far.

The latest creationist effort in that absurd undertaking appears at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s titled Worldwide Flood Legends, and it has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Various cultures around the world have legends about a flood that destroyed the earth. Some stories include a family and a boat. [And some don’t.] The prevalence of flood legends is easy to explain if Noah’s descendants carried with them versions of the true history about Noah’s Ark, but this history was corrupted over the centuries.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Human settlements are often along coastal areas, and floods are not uncommon experiences, so it’s not surprising that there would be numerous flood tales. For example, there are at least three Mesopotamian flood legends that pre-date the tale of Noah’s Ark — see ICR Resolves Chaos Over Multiple Flood Myths.

Then AIG gives us very brief accounts of nine totally different flood tales from all over the world. Some mention multiple gods, and not one of them mentions Noah or his family.

Although it’s difficult to believe, that’s all there is to AIG’s post. There’s no attempt to place a date on those legends, or to explain their wild deviations from each other and from the bible tale.

Oh, wait — they do explain it. In AIG’s opening paragraph, they said “this history was corrupted over the centuries.” Yeah, that explains it. Similarly, all heroic war legends are corrupt accounts of the Trojan war, carried by survivors who scattered all over the world.

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18 responses to “AIG: More Evidence of the Global Flood

  1. Many people don’t even mention the aftermath of such a flood. Submerge the entire planet for over one year in brackish water. Noah lands the Ark as the waters are receding. All of the trees are dead. All of the forage is dead. What were those animals supposed to eat? Even if you accept the story with there being seven of each kind, how many prey animals would survive the first month amongst all of those predators? How would the penguins get back to Antarctica? (Etc.)

    There is no timber (other than the ark) itself to build shelters and animal pens and whatnot.

    I am sure the apologists will just make s**t up like they always do as to how their god caused fresh grass to grow and new trees to pop up and the lions to lay down with the lamb (which solves nothing as then none of the animals would have anything to eat, but none of that is in scripture and don’t you think it would be if it were a real accounting of what happened.

  2. We have a better understanding of ecology today. We know that there is more indivduals of prey species than of predator species. We know that it takes much more than two – or even dozens – of individuals of a species to make a viable population.

  3. If all but eight individuals in the Middle East were killed off, who was describing floods in various other parts of the world?

  4. Michael Fugate

    Doesn’t this mean the Bible’s likely corrupted too? Sin, the Fall, Babel, etc.

  5. @SteveR wonders: “Many people don’t even mention the aftermath of such a flood.”
    Why would they? God perfectly can manage his own design.

    @TomS displays some vanity: “better understanding …. we know …..”
    The only knowledge that matters is what you find in Holy Scripture.

    @Coyote thinks he’s smart: “who was describing floods in various other parts of the world?”
    Why, god the creator and manager inspired Moses to write down the creation story at the beginning of Genesis, so he has inspired some other grandchildren and great grandchildren of Noah as well. I mean, if there is no problem with hyperaccelerated evolution after the Great Flood there is no problem with hyperpopulating the entire Earth either. Be fruitful and multiply and such things.

  6. Does Ham or any other apologist make any account to explain the tremendous diversity of human genetics? Shouldn’t we all look pretty much alike if we were all descendants of Noah?

    Hasn’t Ham been saying that the Flood occurred somewhere around 2000 BCE? Just yesterday we visited the Cincinnati Art Museum and saw the display of the terra cotta Chinese warriors, which were made between 246 BCE and 210 BCE, and buried as an army to protect the First Emperor of China. Each one of some 8,000 life-sized warriors is unique — each with his own facial features, etc. They look as if they could have walked out of China today — each distinctively Chinese (not Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, or any other Asian population). One would think that if we changed so much in the 1800 years after the Flood to account for the different appearance of Africans, Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, etc., we would have still been changing rapidly over the 2200 years since the warriors were crafted. But we haven’t. Ham should drive the twenty miles from his Creation Museum to visit the Cincinnati Art Museum and see for himself.

  7. Eric Lipps

    I find it fascinating that to explain how the huge number of species living today could have arisen from the limited number of “kinds” preserved aboard the Ark creationists have to resort to a hyper-fast version of you-know-what, although they avoid using the word “evolution” for it.

  8. Wouldn’t there be some conflict between males of some animals? If there were seven bulls and seven cows, and seven males of some birds, wouldn’t there be trouble?
    I wonder whether the authors put in such details in order to alert the original audience that this is myth.

  9. Charles Deetz ;)

    Ten year old with cell phone in the lobby of the creation museum … “Okay Google, what is the oldest living tree?” “Oh, 4,845 years old.” “Mr. Ham, Mr. Ham …”

  10. Ross Cameron

    They are still looking for the trail of koala remains from Ararat to Aussieland—and the line of eucalypt trees that fed them. Unless they-gulp-evolved from some other critter.

  11. @retiredsciguy
    Egyptian mummies and art. Including non-humans. Going back before 2000 BCE.
    Paleolithic cave art well before 10,000 BCE.
    Ancient DNA.

  12. @TomS, that’s historical science, and doesn’t count

  13. But we have the Bible telling us about
    there being a difference between sheep and goats, and there being differences among sheep in the age of Abraham, about 2000 BCE. Sheep and goats are in the cattle family.

  14. Charles Deetz ;)

    And in my news feed today, a nice documentary on that oldest tree, Methuselah. Covers the science of tree rings and the history it represents.

    Curse of the Methuselah Tree

  15. The way AiG tells it, you might think that Christianity was a cult of Boat Worshipers.

  16. Someone at AiG can’t spell Scandinavia correctly.

  17. And there’s even more evidence according to an AiG speaker:
    A volcano erupting ergo there must have been a global flood.

  18. Michael Fugate

    If you do a web search for “rules of religious dating” you get stuff like this:
    no wonder AiG has trouble determining the ages of rocks.