In fact, more than 200 ancient and present civilizations have reported different cultural accounts of a worldwide flood.
The assumption here is that because ancient cultures share a Flood myth, this must be a shared mythology which has passed down from earlier civilizations.
Well, there are several problems with this. Here's one simple example, by the time line given for the flood, the Aborigenies were already in Australia, which means either a) they were all killed off and replaced by Noah's decendants who then subsequently also became aborigenies, or b) they were spared by the Flood (which can't be true).
So, how could this be? What could these societies share in common that makes a world wide flood a common myth?
Well, for starters, all of these societies are populated by humans.
Look at the flood myths and you will find that they are nearly universally about the birth or re-birth of the world.
Have you heard the expression "my water broke"? The birthing process which would be same for all of these human societies, and which is perhaps the most significant event these people would witness, involves a release of water prior to the emergence of the child.
Water is a universal symbol for birth/rebirth largely due to this.
So, mythologies involving birth / rebirth are largely going to rely on water as a metaphor.
I find it interesting that Flood proponents will point to flood myths as evidence of God's role, but ignore the pantheon of other Gods which come along with plunging a society for it's myths.
Are we to think that these cultures, upon witnessing God's most devistating wrath, the total destruction of virtually all life on the planet, took away from it a memory of a flood but not of the God who caused it?
I'm going to ignore most of your post as it's just a giant cut & paste from AiG which has been universal refuted in at least 100 threads and 1000 posts.
Here's what I'm going to discuss and leave the rest to the other posters...
It's scientifically impossible for a animal to just die from old age or a heart attack or something an turn into a fossil (which, I can explain if you want me to). Fossils can only be made in the presence of a lot of mud and pressure (a flood?)(I can also explain that if you want me to) So how else would you sugust that a fossil made it to the top of a mountain?
There are several things wrong with this statement.
First, what is "scientifically impossible"? And, how would you determine if a fossilized animal died of old age or a heart attack? How do you know that the fossil of a T-Rex didn't die of old age?
Second, "Fossils can only be made in the presence of a lot of mud and pressure", this is false on it's face. Many of the best fossils, particularly the ones out of China displaying the development of feathers, come from volcanic ash beds. There is no mud present whatsoever. "fossils can ONLY be made..." - false
Lastly, "So how else would you sugust that a fossil made it to the top of a mountain?", you are assuming that what is currently the top of a mountain was always the top of a mountain. This is naive. You are aware of plate tectonics I assume, the process by which the Earth's surface shifts. Earthquakes are a side-effect. Another side effect is called uplift. This is when one plate is forced above the other.
If uplift is occuring, we'd expect to see a couple of things. Mountain ranges along a line - for example, like they are.
We'd also expect to find that "young" mountains, those formed due to ongoing processies would continue to rise.
Hence, Everest rises about 4mm a year. Not very much, but then again, the Earth isn't 6000 years old, so 4mm a year really adds up.
Didn't see this the first time though, but I think it requires special attention.
Naturally, the only true flood account is recorded in the Bible.
Why would the account in the Bible be "naturally, the only true flood account"?
I know you BELIEVE it is, but do you have any reason other than your personal belief that indicates taht the Biblical account of the Flood is any more accurate than, say, the Babylonia account which predates it? Or for that matter the Navajo account which has virtually nothing in common with it.
Upon what basis do you determine that this on particular myth or more likely to be accurate than any of the other myths you've cited?
I know everyone is pouncing all over you using pictures and facts and stuff, this is largely because you are sourcing your material from tired sources which have already been countlessly refuted.
I want to back everything up a step and ask a few simple questions-
1) Do you honestly believe that there was a massive worldwide flood in which waters covered the world in it's entirety? That there was one man, his family and a boat full of animals which survived it? And that prior to this man and dinosaurs walked the earth together?
2) Why? Given what you see around you, why do you feel that a Flood best describes what you see? (And I don't mean because the Bible says so - I mean, "I witness flooding in my neighborhood and it killed all my local dinosaurs")
I don't get paid to do this. When you link a 100 point webpage and ask that I refuse ALL of it, you are asking for an immense amount of time and effort on my part.
You and I both can agree that "The Hobbit" is a work of fiction. However, if I asked you to refute EVERYTHING in the "The Hobbit" it would take you an incredible amount of time to do so.
Further, we've seen a particular line of behavior from YECs. Maybe you are different but I'll demonstrate how it goes.
-New teenage YEC shows up at EVC. -Teen YEC links "Answersingenesis" and demands that we refute the points. -We point to the thousands and thousands of posts in the EVC library which do just that. -Teen YEC doesn't bother to go read them and instead wants us to repeat ourselves. -Someone bothers to redo the work yet again. -Teen YEC vanishes without a response. -Time passes, the work becomes part of the EVC library. -New Teenage YEC shows up and the whole thing starts again.
* "Authorities on biological taxonomy estimate there are less than 18,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians living in the world today. This number might be doubled to 36,000 species to allow for known and possible unknown extinct land animals."
I'd love to meet these biologist and introduce them to a little thing called math.
Here's Wiki on Ants
Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related families of wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. They are a diverse group of more than 12,000 species,
Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are frequently discovered. Estimates put the total number of species, described and undescribed, at between 5 and 8 million.
So biologists believe there could be as many as 8,000,000 species of beetles, but that there are only a total of 18,000 species alive today...
Noah didn't have to take sea creatures because they would not necessarily be threatened with extinction by a flood.
Well, youve got yourself a bit of a problem here for a number of reasons.
1) The "flood" did cause the extinction of lots of "sea creatures" specifically the aquatic dinosaurs didn't fare so well. Why is it that the hardiest dinos couldn't make it through the flood while the wimpiest of manatees skated by?
2) Another problem is that both trout and tuna made it through the flood. But here's the thing, if you drop a trout in the ocean, it's gonna belly up. Why? Too much salt in the water. If you drop a tuna in Lake Erie, same result for opposite reason - not enough salt. So how is it that all these animals were swimming together in the same body of water?
I questioned using the sediment layers as a marker because as is seen in the layers of sediment from the Omo and Lake Rudolf areas, they are not always consistent with each other. In the example i gave, the pigs are in the same sediment layer, are dated to the same time but are a different types of pig.
Do you understand that there can be multiple types of an animal alive at the same time? For example, there are probably more than 100 breeds of dog.
50,000 years from now, analysis will be able to date dog remains to this time period. Are we going to assume some sort of bizarre magical global catastrophe simply because there is a chihuahua buried in one person's backyard and a poodle buried in another person's backyard?
There are (and were in the past) multiple types of pigs. It's no more unusual to find different kinds of pig fossils in the same layer in different locations than it would be to find multiple types of dog fossils in the same layer in different (or even the same!) locations.