We’re concluding our conversation with Dr. Simon Southerton. Searching for answers about Noah’s flood led him to study more about DNA & the Book of Mormon. Is there evidence for Noah’s flood?
Simon: There was a very large deluge because the flood myth is not common to just Christianity. There are other belief systems throughout the Middle East and Mesopotamia that all contain this flood myth. There was—I think it was the Black Sea. There was a major deluge when rising sea levels after the Ice Age broke the entrance into the Black Sea through the Strait of Bosporus. There is plenty of scientific evidence for major deluge that flooded the area surrounding the Black Sea. So, there would have been devastating consequences for all of the farming communities around there at the time. I don’t know the date of that, but it might have been 8000 years ago. So yes, it was an event. It just didn’t happen.
GT: What didn’t happen?
Simon: A global flood.
GT: Oh, ok.
Simon: The only way it could have possibly happened would be if God had hidden all of the evidence of it, deliberately, and manipulatively hidden all of the evidence of the flood to trick everyone.
(Don’t forget to check out what Dr. Perego thinks about the flood.) Does Simon still believe in the Bible? What are his religious beliefs? Could he accept a non-literal interpretation of the Book of Mormon? We’ll answer these questions in our next conversation…..