Mankind’s Fresh Start

More insightfully than was perhaps intended, Michael Fox’s film review of “Noah” (“Opening the Floodgates,” April 4) characterized the saga as a “reboot of civilization.”

In other words, Noah is a reset, a fresh start for mankind. With Noah, the world starts over. This is theologically monumental and a point inexplicably overlooked by most students of the Bible.

Even reading Scripture in a literal, chronological and fundamental fashion, it means that whatever happened previously — whatever did or did not transpire in the Garden of Eden and (mis!)understood by Christianity as “original sin” — is now overridden and canceled out. Noah is the second Adam, not Jesus, as the New Testament (1 Cor. 15:45) contends. The biblical text explicitly supports such a view, describing Noah as if he were the “new Adam” (Gen. 9:1, 9:6b). Logically then, since the state of affairs encompassing “original sin” has been rendered null and void, there is no need for a countervailing atonement or savior to obviate it.

No wonder that Christian ultra-traditionalists are so upset with this movie, even in [director Darren] Aronofsky’s catawampus rendering of the biblical tale. For the flood narrative presents nothing less than an energetic refutation of a core theme of Christian dogma.

S. R. Cohen

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