30 April 2007

Grab a lifejacket, sinners

From CNN.com (via Pharyngula), a Netherlands creationist has built a one-fifth scale model of Noah's Ark. Presumably (this is my guess anyway), God warned him of a coming flood and told him to save one-fifth of the animals on Earth.

What I get a kick out of most is this quote form the article:
Under sunny skies Saturday, Huibers said he wasn't worried about another biblical flood, since according to Genesis, the rainbow is the sign of God's promise never to flood the world again. But he does worry that recent events such as the flooding of New Orleans could be seen as a portent of the end of time.
I wish these people would make up their minds as to whether God is going to send floods or not. Because, you know, floods can't just happen naturally.

Also somewhat amusing (and also aggravating) is this line:
A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine -- biblical scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.
The answer is, the ark would have been built out of whatever wood happened to grow in the area where the story was told. It's like asking what kind of metal Thor's hammer is made of. The technical details of a myth are incidental to how, where, and when it's being told. And since myths like these are told and retold for generations before being written down, there's no one right answer.

1 comment:

Ben said...

It's like asking what kind of metal Thor's hammer is made of.

Or like asking what sort of skin condition Krishna must have had for his skin to be blue. I find it a constant source of amusement (the kind of amusement that makes you want to cry) that 'documentaries' with 'real scientists' come out every year trying to explain how Jesus could possibly have walked on water - but poor Krishna never gets his due.