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|Despite the fact that there have been thousands of diverse belief systems throughout the history of mankind, the common theme that has united civilizations is the unceasing desire of humans to understand the meaning and origin of life on Earth. One of the most fascinating aspects of the faith phenomenon is that many religious themes of ancient civilizations, some which never had contact with one another, have so much in common.
For example, the modern day Christian may be surprised to learn that the flood story of Genesis is not the only narrative of such an event. Aside from the three Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia, the Aborigines of Australia, and the Chinese among others passed down oral traditions of a worldwide flood.