On Balancing Faith in Mormonism with Traditional Biblical Stories : The Noachian Flood Story
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
White and Thomas examine ten natural science topics that indicate that the flood of Noah did not, in fact, cover the whole earth. These topics are: 1) size, 2) timing, 3) specialization, 4) islands, especially compared to continental land masses, 5) aquatic species and earthworms, 6) parasites and microorganisms, 7) endemic species, 8) plants, 9) entire ecological systems, and 10) the global distribution of life. The authors want other members of the Church to be tolerant of this view, as even various Church leaders have disagreed on whether or not the flood was universal. However, they do believe in the historicity of the flood. They also feel that science and religion should be studied together in order to learn the full meaning of this biblical story and to apply its message of stewardship over the earth.