Steve Luckstead needs no defender. I happen to live in his world.
He who lives by a thesaurus and selected myths bypassed germane science, including National Geographic's Genographic Project (DNA), to understand Earth's origin and human emergence.
The Torah generated other religions including Christianity. However, it contains myths according to Jewish scholars such as Zeev Herzog and Yossi Sarid.
Mark Twain wrote, "The Bible has notable poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies." ("Letters from the Earth")
I managed to sit beside Michael Behe at Walla Walla University and asked him three questions regarding Intelligent Design. He had no answers, and notice he dropped from sight. Here are typical questions.
God commanded people work six days and rest the seventh. He forgot the North/South poles have one day each year.
Space station astronauts experience several nights/days every 24 hours. Men went to, walked upon and returned from the moon in sunlight only.
Why would God "for man's crime" command this?: "Every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the Earth," Genesis 7:21 says, "And all flesh died that moved upon the earth." Intelligent design?
The Ark landed on the Urartu Mountains' highest peak, Mount Ararat at 16,945-feet. The Himalayas were unknown.
The statement, "and the mountains were covered" required 29,028-foot Mount Everest topped with floodwaters, 5.5 miles of water above sea level. To reach that volume in 40 days requires 30.34 feet hourly frainfall or 960 hours.
Where did that rain originate and drain?
Genesis 8:16, "Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee." Genesis 8:17, "Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth."
Dinosaurs existed. How did they fit on the ark and co-exist with prey? What were they fed?
Where near Mount Ararat are the ark and skeletal remains of every creature that ever existed?
Religions everywhere whose teachings sponsor contention based on myths must be held to objective appraisals and restraints and pressured to put objectivity and common sense back into international relations.
William L. Kelly