Your Curmudgeon has previously posted about his skepticism regarding the Flood — see, e.g.: Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology. But now we’re re-thinking the whole thing.
Why? It’s because of the latest post 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. Hambo’s new post is titled Discover Over 300 Flood Legends in Echoes of Ararat. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
How many flood and Babel legends do you think exist in just North and South America? If I told you over 300, would you be surprised? Yes, there’s that many! [Gasp!] Actually, such legends exist all over the world. The Bible records the true account of the historical event of the global flood and the tower of Babel, but cultures around the world have distorted versions of these real, historical events as they’ve been handed down and changed over the ages.
We posted once before about non-biblical flood legends — see Other Names for Noah? Those names were about people and legends that had nothing to do with ol’ Hambo’s ark. But he has something new to talk about today. He says:
The reality of the flood and tower of Babel is confirmed [Wow!] by the hundreds of legends that have been handed down since the people groups split at Babel. And you can discover many of these legends in a brand-new book, Echoes of Ararat.
Hambo gives us a link to his own bookstore, but we’ll link to the book at Amazon: Echoes of Ararat. The publisher is Master Books. They also publish stuff by Hambo. Now he tells us:
In this new resource, civil engineer and researcher Nick Liguori chronicles over 300 creation, flood, and Babel traditions from all over North and South America, organized by regions — beginning in Canada and proceeding southward. Learn what the Cherokee, Lakota, Iroquois, Cheyenne, Inuit, Inca, Aztec, Guaraní, and countless other tribes have claimed about the early history of the world.
Floods are common, and lots of people have flood legends. Also, because of missionaries who visit native people to teach them about the bible, loads of tribal folk have legends based partially on some long ago preacher’s tale. Anyway, Hambo continues:
You’ll also discover many evidences for the historical reliability of Genesis and discover that the Genesis flood account is not dependent on the Epic of Gilgamesh or other Near-Eastern texts, as skeptics claim. The Jews did not borrow stories from the surrounding cultures. Instead, the cultures around the world have distorted versions of the original account that is preserved in the Bible under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Thrilling, huh? And the Gilgamesh epic isn’t the only early non-biblical version of the Flood. See ICR Resolves Chaos Over Multiple Flood Myths. Anyway, Hambo ends his post with this:
This new resource is a wonderful confirmation of the truth of God’s Word. [No doubt!] You can order Echoes of Ararat by itself or as part of our Flood Evidences Combo [Link omitted!] (a great option for a deep dive into questions regarding the flood of Noah’s day).
Okay, dear reader — whatcha gonna do? Believe Hambo, or believe all those hell-bound skeptics. It’s your decision, but beware — the consequences are eternal!
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