You answered my post and metaphorically or not, you have connected me to atheism. Questioning a literal interpretation of all things Biblical is not exclusively the language of the athiest. It is also the language of the logical. Being logical does not make one an athiest, though it surely would seem to preclude one being a Biblical literalist. I understand and appreciate leaps of faith; however, no leap could possibly be large enough for me to believe a literal interpretation of the Noah's ark legend any more than it could make me believe in a world and universe that was only a relative few thousand years old.