The Noah flood myth interests me because it seems to separate rational Christians from those unable to engage in critical thinking. There are so many reasons to see why it did not, and, could not have happened. Yet, the true believe leaps over facts to retain the myth.
In this book, the author spends time with the interplay of science and religion. Early geologists were religious people and the way the went about their science was influenced by their religious beliefs.
While it is not true that every society has a flood story, many do. The author went around the world to hear the stories.
Not only does geology confirm there was no world-wide flood, he concluded. The flood stories themselves reach the same conclusion.
That is because the flood stories are vastly different. Some, like Noah’s, came on from rain. Others, along oceans, came from overland, tsunamis. Still others were about rushing water from higher ground. Taken together, these flood stories reveal individual regional floods at different periods.
Then, there are the rocks themselves which tell the story of the earth’s formation. They reveal where and when water was present. As he writes, they don’t lie.
The interesting lessen the author takes from the flood stories is what we would call a “liberal” one. It is that there is an ancient belief disasters happen that are so large they cannot be contained by humans.
While confirming there was no Noah flood, the book is a cautionary tale nevertheless.