Review by Greg Neyman
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Flood legends are are part of folklore around the world. As A. J. Monty White claims in this Answers Magazine article, there are more than 270 stories, most of which have a common theme.1 This article was also published as a daily article on 11 August 2008 on the Answers in Genesis website.
Of course, young earth creationists claim that this shows there was a historical event known as Noah's Flood. The story of Noah's Flood, according to White, was passed down from generation to generation. After God confused the languages at the Tower of Babel, these stories were still passed on, in many languages.
In summary, White claims that these stories mean that God sent a (worldwide) flood to punish mankind. As an old earth creationist, I agree with this summary (except the 'worldwide' part). Old earth creationists can also believe that the story of Noah's Flood was passed on from generation to generation. These 270+ flood stories work just as well for the old earth creationist as they do for the young earth creationist. As such, flood stories provide no proof of a young earth...they only provide proof of the flood.
1 Flood Legends, by A. J. Monty White. Answers Magazine, Vol. 2, Number 2. pp. 18-20. Available online here.
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