Now, first off, standard disclainmer that this is not directed towards all Christians, or even all Chirstians who beleive in Intelligent Design. This is more directed at those who take the Bible as literally as possible. They beleive every word is true, and quite possibly that it’s the Word of the Lord Himself. Now, onto the debate (which may end up being not so great…)
Now, according to Genesis 6:19-6:20:
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort
shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee;
they shall be male and female.
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of
every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every
sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
So, two of every thing made of flesh, which has, AFAIK, been almost universally accepted to mean two of every animal. How the Hell did they all fit? There is no possible way.
According to Here, there are around 52,000 species of vertabrates. We won’t concern ourselves with invertabrates, since many live in the water, and the others are insects and arachnids, which, although there are many many many species of them, we can be nice and say don’t take up too much space on the ark. :rolleyes:
Anyways, of these 52,000, some are going to be living in water (we’ll ignore the fact that the oceans would be so diluted that anything needed to live in salt water would die…) I couldn’t find any hard facts as to how many species of vertabrates live in the water, but let’s say half of them do. Whether that’s anywhere near true, I have no idea. Maybe we can find that out at some point during the debate.
Now, we are left with 26,000 species of animals to fit on that arc. The dimensions of the arc are given as:
And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The
length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth
of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
A cubit is equal to Centimeters So:
(300 cubits)*(45.72 cm) *(1 m/100 cm) = 137.16 meters
(50 cubits) * (45.72) * (1 m/100 cm) = 22.86 meters
(30 cubits) * (45.72) * (1 m/100 cm) = 13.72 meters
This gives us a volume of ~43, 018 meters.
So, 26,000 species of animals, times two (male and female) leaves us with 52,000 animals. That means each animal (including Noah and his family) get just 0.83 cubic meters of space.
You try living in that small a volume. Now, yes, it’s true that many of the animals are small and you could fit several in that small a space, but conversly, many species are large and need several times that space. Elephants themselves take up in the range of 5 to ten cubic meters, and other animals are also large (hippos, rhinos, giraffes, buffalo.)
So, how did it work? Did God secretly stash away most animals? Did he just make more of the ones that went away, even though nowhere in the bible it says he did? Or, were there only a few species of animals at that time (enough to fit on the arc) and they all “changed” into the species we know today? (Hmmm…an animal changing itself over thoudands of years…sounds familair…I know there’s a word for it…)