We are having an interesting discussion on the
historicity of legendary Atlantis on the new Homeschool History list. My belief is that the Atlantis legend is probably based in historical reality. Most myths
and legends from various cultures can be traced back to an
historical reality, although the myth itself can be greatly exaggerated.
The gist of the Atlantis myth is that a great advanced civilization was
overwhelmed by a flood and lost. That scenario sounds familiar.
pre-Flood civilization could have been very advanced, we don't know,
Bible doesn't say. But if we discard what we have been taught about
cavemen dragging their knuckles on the ground (a scenario which has no
corroboration in history, myth, or legend), we can
conclude that pre-Flood humans were very intelligent. They were
possibly more intelligent than modern humans for at least two reasons I
can think of off the top of my head: there were far fewer
generations to contribute to genetic deterioration; and quite long life spans which allowed
for extended study, learning, discovery, invention, and specialization.
records that Atlantis became perverse and immoral, and that it was
destroyed by flood purposely by the gods to punish it for its
wickedness. And Genesis records nearly the same thing of the world that
perished. It could be that the Greeks, who
were descendants of Japheth, passed down the history of the world that
through their generations, but as the past became more and more
Atlantis myth is what remained in their culture of the history of the
world that perished by