This chapter focuses on Noah's Ark, not because Jones thinks the vessel ever existed, but because it provides a lead into the subject of financial security, and planning for the unavoidable demise of death. And also the fact that he once figured in an ad for the Equitable Life insurance company that unfortunately failed to 'give thought to the morrow' by not investing clients' money properly. As a result, its pension arm ended up as a doomed 'Ponzi' scheme whereby the contributions from new clients were used to pay the pensions due to older clients instead of being invested for the future.
how to play red room yellow room discusses a variety of natural disasters, such as floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions - and the difficulty of predicting them far enough in advance to take any kind of precautions. Although he dismissed Noah's Flood, he is of course aware from geology that there have been many floods of varying magnitude in modern times and also in the deep past.
The Fountains of the Deep
He then compares Noah's obedience to God to a client taking out an insurance policy. Disregarding the Genesis account, he then quotes the theory of Johann Scheuchzer that God created the 'mythical' deluge by opening the 'Fountains of the Deep' - in particular by stopping the earth rotating but letting the seas gush on over the land.
He does make the interesting point that Darwin's early supporters, such as Lyell, rejected 'catastrophism' in favour of 'uniformitarianism' - the theory that all sedimentary rocks were formed very slowly over millions of years in order to give evolution the 'deep time' it required to have any shred of credibility. However, after evolution became established, and had apparently won the war against Genesis, they were happy to accept the clear evidence of geology that there had indeed been massive catastrophes - floods, earthquakes and volcanic activity.
Of course, uniformitarianism had the appeal, on the basis of assumed sedimentation rates, that it made possible speculative calculations of the massive stretches of 'deep time' supposedly taken to form various rock strata. A similar situation now exists whereby assumed gene mutation rates make it possible to calculate the time various organisms supposedly took to evolve from a certain common ancestor.
Sadly, many 'creationists' still reject 'deep time,' seemingly afraid it might prove Darwin correct. As a result they continue to bring the Genesis account into scientific disrepute, as did the theologians of Galileo's day who insisted that the sun rotated around the earth and that the Bible said so.
One reason for discounting the Flood, Jones argues, is that the Ark would have had to be impossibly massive to carry every kind of animal, including, according to 'young earth' advocates, all those dinosaurs. However, full-size copies of the vessel described in Genesis have apparently been built. Of course, we do not know how many 'kinds' of animals existed in Noah's' day, or if additional varieties or breeds developed later.
Looking at the variety of dogs that has developed from the pair taken on the Ark, amazing variation is clearly possible, but still within the bounds of the original 'kinds'- a fact of life exploited by plant and animal breeders thousands of years before Darwin came on the scene, the process of 'micro-evolution'.
The Ark issues are discussed and resolved on creationist websites. For example, did the creatures go into some kind of hibernation for the duration of the deluge? And it would be nice if Jone