Last Day:   We need $4,838 to meet a critical August shortfall.   Please help with your maximum gift now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

FLOOD or DELUGE

The biblical term for the destruction of the human race by water as a punishment from God. All were destroyed except for a small group whom God miraculously preserved to propagate a new race of people (Genesis 6, 7, 8, 9). It is clear that God caused the deluge because "the wickedness of man was so great" that he "regretted having made him" (Genesis 6:5-7). So "I will rid the earth's face of man, my own creation." He gave Noah, "a good man, a man of integrity among his contemporaries," ample warning and detailed instructions as to how he and his family and two birds and animals of every living species would be saved by remaining in an ark for the duration of the deluge. Study of Scriptural evidence seems to indicate that the earth was in a flooded condition for approximately a year before Noah and those in the ark could safely leave and begin renewing life in the world. The account concludes with God establishing a covenant with Noah and his sons, giving them lordship over the earth and promising that never again would a flood destroy the world (Genesis 9:7-11).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Final Liturgical Year volume for 2014-2015 now available 1 hours ago
Church Fathers: The Third Century and the School of Alexandria August 29
Every Aspect of the Catholic Thing August 28
News Posturing: How the dramatis personae use each other August 28
The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal August 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5