Prepare to have your entire understanding of the world be radically changed, dear reader. That’s what will happen if you dare to read the latest from the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Their post is titled Extra-biblical Flood Legends, and it was written by Frank Sherwin, M.A. (He’s so proud of his Master’s degree.) At the end of the article he’s described as “Research Associate at ICR” with an “M.A. in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado.” Here are some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
“Creation stands or falls on the Genesis Flood,” stated a creation geologist years ago. The fact of the Flood covering all the earth is undeniable. [Indeed — only a fool would deny it!] As described in Genesis 7 [We’re skipping that!]
Okay, creation depends on the Flood. Then Frank says:
In addition [if you want even more evidence], 73% of the earth’s crust is covered by sedimentary rock laid down by the Flood’s waters about 4,500 years ago. [Wowie — that’s a long time ago!] Within these rocks are trillions of fossilized animals (mostly marine invertebrates) and plants — remnants of a world “filled with violence.”
Wowie — all the sedimentary rock layers and all the fossils therein are proof of the Flood! After that, Frank tells us:
Between Scripture and the geological-paleontological record, the effects of the Flood are clearly seen. [Yes, clearly!] There is, however, a third indication of this worldwide, devastating event — the universal flood legends recorded by all the major people groups of Earth. [Ooooooooooooh! Everyone remembers the Flood!]
As people groups spread and migrated after the Tower of Babel, they would carry with them the Flood story. Through the centuries, stories of the Flood were passed on to each generation via early patriarchs such as Joseph, Jacob, and Abraham, records that Moses had access to. As the years went by in some parts of the world, there would be editing and embellishments of the Flood event, but the basic story of judgment via a worldwide deluge, the preservation of a remnant in a structure, and the events directly afterwards would be preserved.
Yeah — that’s why every society, all over the world, has the same Flood story! It’s rock-solid proof! Let’s read on:
The account of the Flood in Genesis comes from Noah himself and is written and edited by Moses and is not dependent on Near Eastern texts. [Like the Epic of Gilgamesh.] Knowing this, a wise historian would search out similarities between Moses’ Flood story and the flood stories told in other cultures.
Frank is going to tell us about the work of just such a wise historian:
Nick Liguori is a civil engineer and an avocational researcher. He has applied his knowledge of biblical history to painstakingly put together a compendium of Flood traditions from North and South America. [Ooooooooooooh!] His 2021 book documents these fascinating oral traditions. Entitled Echoes of Ararat (Master Books, 298 pages), Liguori shows the reader that the critical opening chapters of Genesis are true and historically accurate.
Master Books publishes Hambo’s stuff too. Here’s the book at Amazon: Echoes of Ararat. Hey — Hambo blogged about that book a month ago and we wrote about it — see You Can Rely on the Bible’s Tale of Noah’s Flood. Ah well, let’s see if ICR has anything new that we didn’t discuss before. … Nope, nothing new.
Okay, dear reader, so where does that leave us? Well, both Hambo and ICR recommend this book. That’s really something! So go ahead and buy the thing. Then you’ll be totally up-to-date on the latest evidence for the Flood. Won’t that be great?
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