I may sound like a broken record but we suspect that the flood occurred pre alot of the mountain building and that the tectonic gynmnastics of sea-floor spreading etc covered the continents as understood by mainstream science using the water we have. We can't prove that the entire land surface was simulataneously covered due to erosion of strata - but about 50% was certainly.
Your 0.0023% and 29,000 feet Everests are very poor strawmen. There is not a creationist (scientist) on earth who is proposing the flood of your imagination. I had a headmaster in primary school who could prove that becasue of all our holidays and time spent sleeping in our beds that we only spent a couple of days at school a year. At least he was joking.
We simply believe in the mainstream theory of marine innundations and bring it forward via accelerated tectonics. The story of the flood is gloriously recorded in the marine strata world-wide.
[This message has been edited by Tranquility Base, 07-22-2002]
That's nice that you believe in the flood. But in coming up with an alternative to Baumgardner et al please don't create a strawman - that's all I ask. With low relief and the mainstream source of water and innundations there is no a priori problem.
The depressing context of the compilation of the Bible is no more depressing than the early life of Joseph, Egypt, the captivity in Babylon or the crucifiction of Jesus. We are in the world not of it - so is the Bible. The dead sea scrolls and numerous other evidence suggest that tthe Bibl we have is in pretty good nick. And which books do you want to remove from the canon? I hardly think any teaching of scripture would be compromised if you threw away 25%.
As food for thought I will repeat my two littel hints that we might have the right Bible:
1. 66 book Isaiah appears to be a picture of the entire word. The 40th chapter begins with 'a new coveant' as does the 40th book of the Bible (Matthew, 1st book of NT). The 66th chapter discusses the 'new heavens and the new earth' as does the 66th book of the Bible (Revelations). 2. The 7-sticked candlestick was the source of light (cf the word) in the Tabernacle. It had 66 pieces. When broken in 'half' (4/3 sticks) it breaks into 39 and 27 part components.
But I agree with you that the 'letter of the law' killeth whilst the Holy Sprit brings the word of God alive.
There is no reason to suspect that the Bible we have is not essentially the direct word of God.