'Noah's biblical flood may have actually happened'
Washington: An acclaimed underwater archaeologist believes that he has found evidence that the Great Biblical Flood of Noah's time may have actually happened after all.
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#1 Dec 12, 2012
What an odd headline. That a gigantic flood into the Black Sea occurred between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago is actually not in question. And it would be foolish to think that this event did not generate mythic/archetypal explanations at the time which contributed to or became the Gilgamesh Epic and Noah's Ark story. What is in question -- and shouldn't be -- is the existence of Noah and a wholly fantastical Noah's Ark timeline. These stories from the Old Testament have lots of value for linguists and historians of various ilks and persuasions, but they are just stories. There was no Noah just as there was no Abraham just as there is no "God." We're in this entirely on our own and we're not doing well. I pity our children who will be growing up in an era of unprecedented and probably unstoppable global climate change. Actually, maybe it's God's way of telling us we look better with tans, or as we might call them in 30 years "chars." Anyway, the "Noah's Flood" is balderdash.
#2 Dec 12, 2012
There were Noah, Abraham et al. And the Earth is not 6,000 yo.
Floods happened from time to time.
#3 Dec 13, 2012
You are correct in saying that floods happen from time to time. Sadly, floods will now be happening quite regularly. I wonder if you think this is God's actual plan, or maybe he's reading the paper and not paying attention or something. You might say that he works in mysterious ways and also he doesn't work in mysterious ways. Or maybe he's been laid off.
I'd like you to know that I say this without animus, but your statement that "There were Noah, Abraham et al." is endearingly infantile. You need a supernatural father figure, you need help in structuring your ego and superego and you use the Judeo-Christian tradition to do that. You cleave to the (illusory) enduring permanence of the Judeo-Christian edifice.
That's all. Religion is inescapable in our culture, but to understand it as some Hogwartian uber scheme permeating all life and thought is pretty cracked. Life without reliance on religion might seem unbearable to some. What it's really like is throwing open the shutters and shades and letting the sun shine in. And then, when night comes, it's night. Just night. No boogeymen. And when pain and suffering come, you don't turn to some magical being for reasons or comfort, you just deal with it.
I submit that Abraham and Noah et al. are every bit as real and every bit as effective in making life better or worse or more fulfilling as Mr. Softee, the guy with the soft-serve swirl head and the natty bow tie. Some people can't imagine life without Mr. S, some people just say "meh."
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