National Geographic Rates Noah’s Flood
Pictures of the record floods in the eastern United States this year have been shocking and alarming (examples on Fox News). They raise questions about the potential for flooding on this planet: how big can they get? National Geographic News decided to look at some of the biggest floods in history and included the granddaddy of them all, Noah's Flood–but only to cast doubt on it.
NG used the public worry about floods to recall a study in 2004 by James O'Connor [USGS] of the largest freshwater floods in history. The biggest in the list was the ice-age flood that carved the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington (see June 21, 2010). Others in Russia, Alaska and on the Amazon River were notable. But Noah's flood rated "Not Listed" for several reasons: one, that it was not a freshwater flood, according to O'Connor. Ker Than’s report briefly entertained the Black Sea Flood hypothesis, but recalled that later revisions drastically reduced its height.
Second, the article tried to make the Flood sound fictional. “Even though a real flood may have inspired the story, O'Connor thinks there's a simple reason it couldn't have been a days-long meteorological event like the one suggested by the Bible,” the article ended, quoting O'Connor: “There's just not that much water in the atmosphere.”
If Than and O'Connor would just read their Bibles instead of speaking off the cuff, they would realize that the major source of the water was not the atmosphere, but the “fountains of the great deep” described in Genesis 7:11-12. If they would further read any creationist studies of the Flood (e.g., CreationScience.com or ChristianAnswers.net) they would have known that creation scientists agree the major source of the water was subterranean.
To avoid embarrassment in debate, it is essential to understand your opponent's position. Creation scientists do a much better job of this than uniformitarian geologists and evolutionists. If it weren’t for the fact that the secularists have the media and textbook writers in their lap, they would be too red-faced to make such blunders.