Minoan Eruption – Atlantis, Biblical Flood

Satellite view of the caldera created by the Minoan 1630 BCE Explosion on the island of Thera (now Santorini). The subsequent volcanic dome is visible in the caldera basin.
Abundant geological and archaeological evidence probably explains the origin of the biblical flood myth, the Legend of Atlantis, perhaps the destruction of Troy VI, and the widespread fear of the sea in ancient Mediterranean myths.

Layers of volcanic material in the cliffs around the Santorini CalderaAround 1630 BC, the volcanic island of Thera (now Santorini, sometimes called Strongphyle) blew itself to pieces in a massive Krakatoa-like eruption. The Plinian* volcanic explosion “may have been one of the biggest volcanic eruptions on Earth in the last few thousand years” [s].

Volcanoes rain fire and brimstone on nearby cities. They also drop volcanic bombs (pillars of salt – yes, it does look a bit rude. Lot's wife?).

The Santorini caldera has abundant evidence of repeated volcanic activity prior to the eruption that buried Bronze Age Akrotiri in ash— just as Vesuvius* buried Pompeii and Herculaneum.

(animation of the eruption here. It is inaccurate in so far as the pre-eruption island was a volcanic cone and not yet a caldera.)

The earthquake, eruption, and resultant tsunami disrupted the nearby Minoan civilization**, so it is called the Minoan Eruption. The tsunami would have struck all around the eastern Mediterranean, including the Nile delta***. (impact.) Anyone who saw the footage of the recent Indian Ocean tsunami (Boxing Day, Sunday 26th December 2004) knows that the sea recedes, then wave after enormous wave strikes.

The Nile Delta would have dried and then have been repeatedly inundated.

Sound like any myths that you have heard of?

The explosion of Thera could also explain dramatic shifts in the course of the Nile. Some Nile-side cities had to be relocated because the river suddenly abandoned them as a result of silting. A famous relocation (Pi-Ramesses) post-dated the Minoan Eruption.

Location of the Minoan Explosion directly adjacent to Crete, Greece, Troy, and with an unimpeded course to the Nile Delta.
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(If you are ever on a beach and the water recedes, head for the hills!)

We moderns understand that this horror resulted from the phenomenon of plate tectonics. Around the Mediterranean, Bronze Age people would understandably have thought that their gods were furious. The event would certainly have been passed down in oral traditions in countries bordering the Mediterranean. It explains why Greek mythology became so dark, it explains terror of the sea in Bronze Age myths, it explains the fairy tale of the Biblical Flood. It explains so much.

* named for Pliny the Elder, who died during the eruption of Vesuvius

** Protopalatial Minoan Crete (~1900 - ~1700 BCE)

*** the Hebrew phrase in Exodus is Yam Suph, meaning Reed Sea (Red Sea is a mistranslation). Its location is uncertain.

painting of the 1833 eruption of Krakatoa

Null Set

Inspired by this post and this image.

I might have got the symbol wrong (it's been a long time since math class). I beg your forgiveness if I have erred.

Bare Ass FOLly

FOLly - Bare Assertion Fallacy

Hi Q.

Theists display the most extraordinary array of fallacious arguments. One of their favoured tactics is to invent premises. They pass these off as facts. Sometimes these are the product of fevered imaginations, most often they are regurgitated falsehoods, and sometimes they are conscious falsehoods.

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Pilgrimage to Epiphany - continued

It boggles the mind that people actually believe in religious nonsense and cannot see that all deities are human inventions.

A particularly obdurate creationist, with whom I was debating, claimed that he owed his intelligence directly to "God". I was inclined to agree with him in that instance.

Religion on Trial

The 1633 inquisition of Galileo
People do some horrifying things in the name of Imaginary SkyFiends. (That is not a typo, I meant fiends, not friends.)

Having Kittens

A fundamentalist preacher was taking a walk one day and happened upon a young girl who was playing with something in a cardboard box. When he got closer he could see that in the box was a litter of new-born kittens.

"What kind of kittens are those?" asked the preacher.

"Why, they're Christian kittens," replied the little girl.

The preacher walked on, pleased to see that the little girl had Jesus foremost in her thoughts.

A few days later the preacher saw the little girl again.

"And how are your little Christian kittens doing today?" asked the man of God.

"Oh, they aren't Christian kittens, they're atheist kittens," replied the girl.

"But...but... I thought you said last week that they were Christian kittens?" sputtered the flabbergasted preacher.

"Oh, they were. But now their eyes are open!!"

Warning: take Gravol before watching

fear camp, aka Jesus Camp, where Becky Fisher terrorizes a whole new generation of American youngsters in what Richard Dawkins called child abuse

(I ought not to use brand names: I suggest that you take your dimenhydrinate before watching.)

There is a poll attached to the video. There are six nauseating choices - the poster alludes to just one of them. Happily the self-styled creationist-stupidity poster boy is being ignored because viciousness is 'winning' over narcissism.