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posted 25 October 2003 09:28 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Last night, my little fellow saw a painted stool that I've had since the baby shower just before he was born. The stool is painted with a cartoon scene of Noah's Ark with animals in it, on a sea of water.

His father takes him to church on the Sundays when he has him, and it's a Baptist church, as you probably know, where many of the people are biblical literalists.

So anyhow, he looks at the stool and says, "Hey, I remember that! That's from when God flooded the world!"

I said, "Yes, it's Noah's Ark, isn't it?"

He said, "Yeah! When God flooded the world!"

So then I said, "Do you think that really happened?" expecting him to answer strongly in the affirmative.

So I was (pleasantly) shocked when he said, "No!"

I said, "You don't think it really happened?"

He said, "'s just a story!" in a tone of voice that seemed to chide me for my incredulity.

I love it. Maybe I won't have to do as much deprogramming as I thought I was going to have to do when he gets older.

[ 25 October 2003: Message edited by: Michelle ]

From: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 25 October 2003 12:46 PM      Profile for banquosghost     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What isn't "just a story"? Anything? If we use words to delineate experience doesn't everything qualify as a story? Doesn't it all boil down to narrative?
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posted 25 October 2003 02:24 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought that evidence - archaeological and literary - has been found to support the flood aspect of the story, though.

If I remember correctly (and my memory's a bit dodgy sometimes) there is a flood in the Gilgamesh story, and a major flood has been described in legends of other ancient peoples.

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posted 25 October 2003 03:39 PM      Profile for April Follies   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From my own readings - and I'm not a historian, I warn - the idea of a global flood, one that extinguished most of life on the planet, is pretty much debunked.

However, a "local" flood, one which would drown, say, a city-state in a short time, is a very real possibility. It's a game among archaeologists to try to find evidence of a particular flood that might have given rise to the story. Great stuff. Basically, myths seem to be our societal rememberance of past events, but considerably distorted and exaggerated rememberances.

For the interested layman (like myself) I recommend a book called Ancient Mysteries by James and Thorpe. If I remember right - which I don't guarantee - the Biblical Flood is considered in the section on the Atlantis and other "devastation by water" issues. And, incidentally, the possible factual basis for the devastation of Sodom, Gommorah, and three other cities - sans angels - makes great reading.

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