Dating the Flood.
This is the first of a series topics about the conflicts between science and religion.
Please understand that there cannot be a conflict between science and religion, because those two are each others complements. All those so-called conflicts are the result of understandable mistakes by religious people and and an unbelievable quantity of absurd blunders by scientists.
Please keep in mind that the oldest parts of the Bible had the objective to bring religion and the basics of civilization to Stone Age people. To people who believed that the Earth was flat and that you could fall off the edge. And the Bible was successful: today there are over a billion people who use the Bible as the guide to their life. And I am one of them.
I’m a technician and I have a technical approach: if you can’t express it in mathematics, then it is not science but only an opinion. In addition to that I always make a strict distinction between physical and spiritual/theological matters. This series of topics will only concern physical matters.
I have the habit to induce thinking by asking questions. A few examples are:
Estimate how many Floods have occurred so far and write that down for later.
What are the traces left by Floods?
Look at a globe of our Earth and tell me what is clearly visible but is not noticed by you? I saw it when I saw such a globe for the first time in my life in the year of my eights birthday.
Applying mathematics on the Flood results in the following: 40 days (= 1000 hours) rain to cover the highest mountain (= Ararat, 5,400 m high) means 5.4 m/h, = 9 cm/min, = 1.5 mm/sec.
The Sun delivers not enough heat to evaporate such a quantity of water. And even if the Sun delivered enough heat, then the air would not be able to transport such a quantity of water. And finally, it is necessary that it rains that much everywhere on Earth, or else the water would run faster down the slopes of the mountains than it rained.
So it could not have been rain, it has to be an extreme, oversized, worldwide tsunami.
Because I know what caused that tsunami, I hereby assure you that its size, its height and its speed are completely and totally beyond your imagination. On North America the Pacific Ocean flushed over the Rocky Mountains and swept the surface of the whole continent clean of all traces of human existence in less than half a day.
I see no real conflict with the Bible. The intention of the Bible was to introduce religion and civilization among Stone Age people, not to give a correct description of all physical details. Those people understood rain but could not have imagined a tsunami. So it became rain as cause of the Flood. At least that is my opinion and of course I can be in error.
How to date the Flood?
The Flood can be dated by means of the data from research on the drill cores from the ice on Greenland. I have tried to get access to these data, but did only run into people who wanted to get access to what I have discovered during decades research. But I’m sure that some Biologos members have access to these data.
Look for a sudden and abrupt drop of the temperature which could be some 5 or more degrees Celsius, followed by a large quantity of volcanic dust in the next year. The temperature should have been restored to normal values after some 30 to 40 years.
Göbleki Tepe is estimated to be 13,000 years old. A man named Tom Hayden made a documentary about the extinction of the Irish elk and estimated 15,000 years. So the Flood happened somewhere say between 16 and 12 millennia ago.
The season may be estimated on basis of the plants in the stomachs of the mammoths that have been found in Siberia. The time of the day may be estimated on basis of the quantity of food in the stomachs of those mammoths.