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« on: June 13, 2004, 05:39:55 PM »

Does the Bible talk about a flat earth?
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2004, 06:39:24 PM »

Not insofar as I know!

I read through the Bible once over the summer and I can honestly say that I never came across anything about the earth being flat.

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2004, 06:44:22 PM »

Why do you ask?

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2004, 06:46:51 PM »

And by the way, people knew the world was round before Columbus.  Erastosthenes of Alexandria observed and did math in the third century BC

http://www.grecoreport.com/eratosthenes.htm

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2004, 07:03:16 PM »

I ask because somebody once brought it up, and I was wondering how to respond to it.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2004, 07:21:55 PM »

The only bit I can think of that *might* be used are 2 passages that refer to the "four corners of the Earth":

Isaiah 11:12
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

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Revelation 7:1
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

This is the KJV wording.

I'm trying to dig out of my memory banks what I once read on "Flat Earth" ideas long ago.  Ah ha, did a google.  Here's something for you:

http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/febible.htm

It's a bit odd, but it may give you some data as to how some people could use Scripture in, ah, *different* ways.

To counter this is this page from Jeffrey Burton Russell who wrote an excellent and very readable book Inventing the Flat Earth

http://www.id.ucsb.edu/fscf/library/RUSSELL/FlatEarth.html

And here's a page about him; he's a historian and has written on Christian subjects
http://id-www.ucsb.edu/fscf/library/RUSSELL/home.html

I apologize for sounding a bit leery.

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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2004, 07:49:12 PM »

It's okay. Wink

 Thanks for all that info! I'll check it out now. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2004, 07:51:28 PM »

And just for the record, the Earth isn't flat.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2004, 01:34:02 AM »

FWIW I remeber (but can't produce a refrence) that Thomas Aquinas said the earth was obviously round.  Also of interst some Saudi clerics decreed a few years ago that the Earth is flat, and they were 100% serious.
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2004, 01:39:12 AM »

Also of interst some Saudi clerics decreed a few years ago that the Earth is flat, and they were 100% serious.  

If true, very distrubing, but not surprising.
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2004, 06:19:11 AM »

Also of interst some Saudi clerics decreed a few years ago that the Earth is flat, and they were 100% serious.  

-Lol. Wonder what Bin Laden and Mullah Omar believe...
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