[b said:Quote[/b] ]It's not just Christians who beleive in the Flood. Almost every single culture in the world has stories of a great flood that covered the earth. Coincidence?
These people didn't have satellite photos, mass media, global communication... they didn't even know the earth was round, or how massive it actually was. They lived in an entirely different intellectual environment and people today are constantly forgetting that fact. The amount of knowledge about the world we're using so casually to form our conclusions here would be beyond inconceivable to them. Every major disaster to a primitive isolated culture is a "global" one.
And I'm sure the stories those other cultures have (I'm betting it's more than just a few) about history continuing along just fine through the alleged time of the flood will be conveniently overlooked, as well as whether or not the timelines of all those flood stories even remotely coincide.
[b said:Quote[/b] ]As for Noah not being in the history books, that's because the history books don't want people complaining as soon as they add anything "religious". The fact is that the old testament is the book of ancient Jewish history.
Separation of church and state is a brand spanking new development in human society. Much if not most of history shows religion in charge of (or at least guiding/corrupting) what gets taught to people. I would think you wouldn't be able to find Jesus in a history book if "religiousness" is all it takes for something to get written out.
[b said:Quote[/b] ]And it wasn't a matter of God breaking the laws of nature, rather, he was using nature to do what he wanted.
As Alpha said, they were most certainly broken.
This thread is long enough without adding the Noah stuff to it too. It's a total waste of time talking science to people who can actually believe in a literal flood, because "God intervened" is universally applicable to any of their claims, rendering science irrelevant and useless (unless they think they can use it selectively to back up a claim). I say we make our way back to evolution/creationism, if there's even anything left to say at this point. I think just about everyone here already knows which information they're giving credence to and which they're ignoring.