Posted inSatire

New Zealand thanks God

Reading Time: < 1 minute Relief efforts are underway in New Zealand after their worst flooding in history. This morning, a welcome force for good joined the government agencies. God (6,027), a familiar face to Jews and Christians everywhere, was seen donning a reflective vest and helping move some sandbags. “No one, to my knowledge, prayed for this specific outcome,” […]

Posted inReligion

From the Fall to the Flood: How not to fix a problem you created

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Fall is a thoroughly problematic theological mechanism at the best of times. But if you combine it with other terrible concepts and events, it looks even more incoherent. Most understandings of God entail an OmniGod conception: God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. All-knowing or omniscience also includes divine foreknowledge—knowledge of all future events and […]

Posted inGeneral

Debunking the Genesis Flood I

Reading Time: 7 minutes I can’t believe I’m going to have to do this, but it will hopefully be useful to some people. I am going to run through the gamut of arguments in the hope that someone like Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong recognises the terminal problems associated with a Mosaic authorship of a literally true Pentateuch in terms […]

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Ruddy Flood Thing Again. And Armstrong.

Reading Time: 18 minutes Dave Armstrong has supposedly refuted my refutation to his refutation of my claim that the Noah’s flood myth is a good example of the multiple sources of the Pentateuch evidenced by both redundancies through repetition and contradictions. Just to let you know, my position is wholesale accepted by pretty much every single Hebrew Bible scholar […]

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The Flood Myth Contradictions Explained by the Documentary Hypothesis

Reading Time: 3 minutes I am knee-deep in a bunch of research, and some of it every technical, all surrounding dating of the Pentateuch and concerning the Documentary Hypothesis. For those uninitiated, the Pentateuch contains some irreconcilable issues that fall into four categories: repetition (redundancy), contradictions, discontinuity, terminology and style. There is only one coherent solution: it was compiled […]

Posted inArts

A Review of The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the story of the flood (Guest Post by Peter)

Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s been known since the 19th century that there are striking parallels between the Ark story contained in the Bible and a narrative episode included in the Mesopotamian story of the Epic of King Gilgamesh. In Gilgamesh, a hero Utnapishti is tasked with saving both human and animal life from a destructive flood (for which somewhat surprisingly, no reason is given) by the god Ea. Like Noah, Utnapishti builds a boat, fills it with animals, and finds himself lodged on the top of a mountain. What’s more, just like Noah, Utnapishti sends out birds on three test flights to establish that the flood waters were receding:

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