When I attended Liberty University in 1983, I remember taking a required class called Creation Studies. The flood of Noah in Genesis was a significant topic of the class, and I recall that an old book from Henry Morris was used to substantiate the great flood story.
I used to be a young earth creationist (YEC). But I eventually came to see how utterly silly and ridiculous the story is.
I really enjoy Seth Andrew’s podcasts on The Thinking Atheist. A while back, he had an episode called “Please read this on the air”, and I think it was from that episode that he read a terrific short piece about Noah’s Ark, which I transcribed below. It’s been sitting in my drafts for awhile now! I don’t know who the original author was, but it’s worth the read.
Hang on a minute, because I don’t believe that a 600 year old man built a battleship-sized wooden boat by hand and then collected at least two of every of the millions of species on earth, including the habitat-specific dietary dependant and symbiotic ones… and then, without electricity, refrigeration, plumbing or air conditioning, was able to house, feed, water, dispose the waste of, and provide veternary care for — all of them (!), without losing a single one [otherwise] thus making an entire species extinct in the process, while the boat floated around during a world wide flood to the height of Mount Everest, for several months… an event that went completely unnoticed by the Egyptians, Chinese, Australian Aboriginese, and every other co-existant society at the time. AND that I don’t believe that somehow plant-life on earth survived the crushing pressure, darkness and salinity of 8 kilometers of water overhead before the water magically receded and the animal species on the ark managed to disembark and traverse the planet to their current locations from the deserts of the Middle East, which according to some included dinosaurs. And because I don’t believe this, I am the strange one???