National Geographic Special Investigates Competing Noahs Ark Theories
In one of the best-known stories of the Bible, Noah is handpicked by God to build an ark and save his family and the animals of the earth from a catastrophic worldwide flood meant to punish human beings for their wicked ways. Strikingly similar stories have been told for thousands of years in the Middle East and among North and South American Indian cultures. Is this a remarkable coincidence or a conceivable - and provable -- historical fact?
The National Geographic Society, an organization that often takes a skeptical view when it comes to matters of biblical faith, plans to air Search for Noahs Ark, on Sunday, September 24, at 9 p.m.
The program features several evangelical scholars who have investigated the latest clues and competing theories that attempt to confirm the biblical account of Noahs ark and the flood.
Flood stories are prevalent in many cultures, but alleged evidence of the famed vessel from the Bibles account has been investigated seriously since 1949, when a CIA photographic reconnaissance mission in Turkey turned up images of what was then called the Ararat anomaly. A large Titanic-shaped structure submerged in a glacier sparked theories in the scientific and theological communities, and even gave rise to a new class of adventurers called arkologists.
Conventional expeditions through the mountains of Turkey and other nearby countries ...