The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
This cascade persistently thundered down, roaring its displeasure as it dashed itself
upon the rocky base. It tore into that solid rock and wore its way backward forming a
canyon all the way back to a place we now call N iagara Falls.
Farther to the west the glacier melt flowed out from under a wider base in a less
destructive manner and into a natural bowl-shaped depression between the Rocky
Mountains and the High Sierras forming a vast inland sea that archaeologists have named
Lake Lahontan. The mountains close to its remnant, the Great Salt Lake in Utah, attest to
its great depth by the various lake- level lines etched high upon them for all eternity to
In the latte r days of its filling, it began to overflow the lowest level in its gigantic
rim, a natural dam that had held back this mammoth lake from the lower ground on its
northwestern quadrant. At first it seeped through this rocky lip, and then, rolled leisurely
over the water-softened rim as it eroded. Now, surging ever more urgently, it wore away
the roots and soil, rolling the loosened rocks of the slope that had contained it, down its
ever more swiftly moving course.
As the earth scoured away from under this now-raging torrent, it morphed into an
ever more towering waterfall which, in its turn, wore away the base of the natural dam
until, with an earthshaking shudder, it collapsed entirely.
An unimaginably huge wall of water now jetted through the collapsing breach
blowing shattered rock ahead of it like so many pebbles. Down it roared, drilling through
every hillock of land that sought to block its path, scouring a trough, known today as the
Snake River Canyon, as it surged its way into the upper reaches of the Columbia River
Basin. For months, or years of time, the mighty Lake Lahontan delivered itself of this
avalanche of glacier- melt until it was no more. All that was left to tell of its passing, a
wide area of still-barren land, Hell‘s Canyon, and probably a small rise in the level of the
ocean that it had poured into.
Throughout this last deglaciation, as with all prior ones, the level of all the oceans
and seas of the world steadily rose, this time higher than ever before. In the
Mediterranean Sea, an almost entirely landlocked body of water, that may not have had a
prior connection to the oceans of the world, this steady rise at first poured over, then tore
through another natural land bridge, the ruined remainder of which is known today as the
Straights of Gibraltar. The rapid addition of this huge new source of water drove Paleo-
Meso, soon to be Neolithic peoples along its shores to ever- higher ground.
Along a portion of the uneven mountains that formed its northern rim, this flood
intruded ever more insistently, inundating low- lying hills until it was barred finally by a
narrow ridge of mountainous terrain known today as the Bosphorous. Beyond this lay a
huge body of fresh water whose level, it is theorized, lay somewhat below the old level of
the Mediterranean. Insistently the searching water climbed up and through this ever-
narrowing ridge until, at last, it looked down upon that other body of water that now, it is
estimated, was about five hundred feet below it.
Again a trickle turned to a torrent. Again it tore away the solid rock of the mountains
and wore away a canyon all the way back to this geologically new saltwater sea. Again a
huge wall of water roared through the canyon like a gigantic hydraulic jet as it blasted
away the rock that had restrained it.
Shouldering its way through the mountain that shrank before this devastating
onslaught, it thundered its way down, pouring an avalanche of mud, rock and salty water