I haven't read all the posts here but I just had to comment on something: Noah's ark is a true story.
I don't know if it was actually Noah or if God actually told him to build a ship, but there was definitely a flood that big in that time that killed a lot of people, there is a story of a big flood in pretty much every religion that existed at that time (religions that don't exist today like enuma-elis or whatever) so there has to be at least some truth in it.
I read it in a book about Atlantis.
That HAS to be a troll right ? The Atlantis thing took it over the top.
For those who are unaware:
1: Yes, there are a FEW stories about floods, some that predate the Biblical story and many consider inspired it eg- "The Epic of Gilgamesh". They are not all from the same time. Many consider these flood myths to be the result of localised flooding of coastal areas, tsunamis for example.
2: Even if those writers WERE writing about the same flood, according to the Genesis myth, they would have been completely wiped out since they were not on the ark. A flood 'that' big as described in Genesis brought the waters above the tallest mountains on earth, so unless they were writing from a hot air balloon or had an awesome surfboard, sorry.
3: There are cross culture stories about aliens, ghosts and other gods which doesn't make those things true either.
4: Atlantis is a non-existant, mythical, legendary place from the writings of Plato. See his dialogues.