The Math of the Great Flood (Doesn’t Add Up)

I was surprised to find very few places where the math of Noah’s flood was discussed, so I made this video to illustrate the scale of what the bible describes. Seeing it calculated out makes the myth seem a lot more fantastical and less feasible. After researching this video, it became clear to me that the people who wrote this myth originally did not understand how outlandish their claims were at the time, because they didn’t know how big the planet was, or how tall the highest mountain was, or how many species there are, or what that much rain looks like. Once you do the equations, you can see that this is all made up. For the ignorant desert tribes during the time of Gilgamesh, there was no danger that anyone would call the authors out, but the people of modern times have no excuse for blindly accepting it.

– Binary Spider, Stickam

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2 Responses to The Math of the Great Flood (Doesn’t Add Up)

  1. Tim says:

    You realize this is extremely laughable to creationists, right? No, Mt. Everest was not its current height during the flood. We believe the flood is the mechanism that started plate tectonics – which pushes up mountains. Also Noah took representatives of each KIND of animal. He did not need a great dane and a bulldog and, etc etc – only 2 dogs. When you apply that concept to the rest of the animal population, creationists have estimated no more than 50,000 animals total – which would only fill less than half the ark.

  2. shematwater says:

    Looking at the math is never going to prove anything, because it relies on modern conditions and not the conditions at the time of Noah. Also, it ignores God, and so ignores the biggest part of the whole story.

    For instance, there were no mountains above the tree-line before the flood. These formed after when the continents divided. So, going to the highest treeline in the world it would be closer to five kilometers, not eight and half. Even this is likely too high, as the tree-line is not the forest line. The highest forest line is more like two and half to three kilometers. This reduces your figures by about 60%.
    Also, your calculation for covering the earth is inaccurate, as you do not reduce the needed water by the volume of the mountains and other land above sea level. To be really accurate you would need to calculate the volume of all the land above sea level, because you would not need any water to fill in that space. Thus your total is again reduced.
    Second, if you actually read the account it speaks of more than just rain. Genesis 7: 11 says “all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” So there was rain, but water was also gushing out of the ground. So the amount of rainfall needed is again reduced.
    Then, let us not forget that it is God that is doing this. This is not describing some natural whether phenomenon, but a divine act. How did God do it? I don’t know. Maybe he compressed the Earth like sponge to draw the ground water to the surface, which would have reduced the volume of the Earth, and thus the volume of water needed to cover it.
    So, we now have four things that make all your calculations inaccurate to what the story is actually saying. The math just doesn’t work.

    You also mention species and use mollusks as you example. Yet the story never once says that he took any aquatic animal on the Ark. He took “Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth” but no fish or aquatic animal.
    Also, you make the assumption that every variety of animal that is alive today was alive then. Yet we know this is not the case, as many species of domesticated animals were created through selective breeding in only the last few hundred years. Also, scientific classification is likely not the same as God’s classification, and so what scientists consider different species God may not.

    Trying to prove or disprove a divine from 4000 years ago using mortal math and reasoning is never going to get you anywhere.

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