Noah’s Flood, and how to talk to creationists about it

A good account bringing in Gilgamesh

My worry is that Creationists would ignore that . They need to see that Genesis was written in c1000BC in terms that were understoood THEN and is thus not science of today.

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“Reckless and incompetent expounders of holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren” Saint Augustine of Hippo, Commentary on Genesis, ca. 400 AD

How do you discuss evolution and Earth science with biblical creationists, in such a way as to lead them to question their beliefs, rather than reaffirming their commitment to them? This is the central problem for the book that I am now at last writing, and I would greatly value comments.

If we want to engage biblical literalists in meaningful discussion, we need to use arguments that make sense from the literalists’ point of view. As Lakatos pointed out, scientists will not abandon a position, despite anomalies, until a more satisfactory one is offered. Why should the creationist be any different? It is not enough to point to the scientific evidence. It is not even enough to point out that Noah’s Flood…

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4 thoughts on “Noah’s Flood, and how to talk to creationists about it

  1. Paul Braterman

    The texts of Gilgamesh and Genesis are clearly related. My possibly quixotic endeavour is to show that the inspiration of Genesis, whatever its source, must have been mediated by the culture of the recipient(s). Once this is conceded …

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    1. michaelroberts4004 Post author

      Every part of the Bible reflects the culture and thoughtforms of when it was written. They were not written on removable golden plates for Mr Smith. Hence the old testament would /ought to imply a flat earth. Calvin was good on this with his idea of accommodation

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