The Story of Noah

Over at the BioLogos blog, philosopher Michael Ruse makes an interesting point:

I personally think the Noah story is pretty good also, not as an exercise in shipbuilding and navigation, but because of the bit at the end, where Noah is found drunk in the tent and his kid makes fun of him. To me, the whole story shows that simplistic solutions – let’s wipe out humankind and start again – just don’t work.

While this is very good, I think it goes deeper.

The consistent theme that runs throughout the Bible, culminates in Christian theology, and is supported by massive empirical evidence is this – we are in need of salvation.  The “simplistic solution” in that case was to wipe away evil from the Earth and, if you think about it, thus represents the response to the demand of those who pose the Argument from Evil as a challenge to God’s existence. The Noah story (and all the follows) teaches us that you cannot “poof!” evil out of human experience and humanity cannot escape evil – it is part of our nature and identity.  And we cannot save ourselves from this situation.  Those who subscribe to scientism would disagree, arguing that reason, science, and education will eventually save us.  I think their faith is a delusion.

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4 Responses to The Story of Noah

  1. “Those who subscribe to scientism would disagree, arguing that reason, science, and education will eventually save us. I think their faith is a delusion.”

    Save us from what? Obviously, atheists don’t think we need to be saved from hell, as hell doesn’t exist. If it is to save us from each other, God doesn’t do that either… look at what God allowed with Hitler, nuclear bombs, etc. So God doesn’t intervene today. Why not use and depend on reason?

  2. Michael says:

    Save us from what?

    “you cannot “poof!” evil out of human experience and humanity cannot escape evil – it is part of our nature and identity. And we cannot save ourselves from this situation.”

    If it is to save us from each other, God doesn’t do that either… look at what God allowed with Hitler, nuclear bombs, etc. So God doesn’t intervene today.

    Indeed. If God did intervene to wipe away the evil, he would have to eliminate every human being. So it’s not just about erasing Hitler and nuclear bombs.

    Why not use and depend on reason?

    I did and I do. It led me to the realization that evil is part of our nature and identity and we cannot save ourselves from this situation. We are doomed. Do you believe reason, science, and education will eventually save us from this fate? That is faith.

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  4. The 27th Comrade says:

    […] look at what God allowed with Hitler, nuclear bombs, etc.

    I never quite get to Hitler and the Bombs. I stop at me. For as long as I am around, God has not yet saved the World from evil. Forget Hitler; start here. This seems to support Michael’s point.

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