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NEW YORK (RNS) The biblical narrative of the flood is a touchstone in many religious circles, a story that's told and retold within Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


  1. Noah is fiction. As such, it is a fun, ridiculous story indeed.

    But to insist it is NOT fiction, Noah is a horror film
    where the bad guy is God who hates his world and is out to slaughter
    every living thing – even the guiltless unborn.
    God then leaves Noah and his small family to repopulate the world by BLESSING INCEST.


  3. Jacob Greenwood

    Noah existed and his sons and their descendants be traced through Chronicles in the Bible and archaeology to people and places that exist today. Why do the seven Noahide laws, for Jews and Gentiles alike, still resonate, and are the basis for Jewish and Mesopotamian law?

    1 You shall not have any idols before God.
    2 You shall not murder.
    3 You shall not steal.
    4 You shall not commit adultery, incest or bestiality.
    5 You shall not blaspheme God’s name.
    6 Do not eat flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive.
    7 Set up a governing body of just laws.

    READ “Finding Noah” at www.NoahIsReal com

  4. It’s ‘ The Life of Brian’ all over again. Here comes another mass campaign from the ’emergent church’ of the late 19th Century who claim to have some divinely mandated copyright on biblical interpretation. After glorifying in Mel Gibson’s rather fanciful jew-baiting epic they are now taking righteous umbrage with a secular film-maker’s fleshing out of a rather thinly sketched bible story. All this campaign does is beautifully illustrate why any claims to bible literalism are completely fraudulent – Christians absolutely do not love their enemies (gays, liberals, jews, atheists, secularists, and the list goes on). Furthermore, none of them literally aspire to the Levitical law (except the gay-bashing part) or they would all be in jail. Nobody owns the flood story as it exists in many pre-biblical accounts – so why be threatened by Aronofsky? I’ll be interested to see how a film about mass genocide and incest gets a PG13 rating…