With gratitude to those who served as production models in any number of ways:
Noah's Flood hosts essays, media, and conversation on the Genesis story, flood stories in ancient religious literature, and how Noah's flood continues to intersect with culture and climate change today.
Partners in Conversation
The web-production grows out of the wisdom of classroom professors, the power of artists, the heritage of religious communities, the devotion of academic thinkers, the hopes of social activists, and the memory of flood victims.
Philosophy of Arts
One guiding mantra for the website was to open up the classroom of higher education. The Genesis flood story is the strongest pedagogical example of the Documentary Hypothesis and historical critical study of the Bible. Ancient flood myths demand cross-cultural agility, a mindset increasingly needed in modern democratic and globalized societies. And the reception of Noah's Flood speaks to the power of religion in the humanities. The Flood spawned several Hollywood movies, an evangelical endangered species activist, a theme park in Kentucky, a metaphor for the unconscious, Pat Robertson's favorite hermeneutical lens for interpreting natural disasters, and a US senator justifying his support of the Keystone Pipeline. The Flood is an intersection. Higher education thrives in such places.
Noah's Flood unlocks the past & remaps the present for the sake of the future.
To accomplish this we:
identify fresh intersections
study religious literature
raise enduring questions
critique bad religion
learn from history
overcome the sensationalism of media
cross ideological boundaries
respect popular culture
look with clarity at real world problems
cultivate arts & ideas
embrace the Humanities
converse with 3000 years of human culture