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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