Creationists endure rough few weeks: Why the flat-earth crowd is in trouble

From Salon:

From “Cosmos” to evidence of Big Bang, it’s been a tricky time for biblical literalists. Here’s why it’ll get worse

The creationist crowd is in a tithy lately. First there was “Cosmos” — on Fox, no less! —  giving short shrift to everything they hold dear. Then, adding insult to injury, for those paying close attention, long-awaited evidence of the Big Bang arrived.  It’s been a rough few weeks.

But really, if you’re a biblical literalist, it’s been a rough few centuries, or millennia, actually. You see, according to the Bible, the earth is both stationary and flat. Most pointedly, there are at least two passages in which a single point is visible to the whole world (Daniel 4:10-11 and Revelation 1:7), and one (Matthew 4:8) in which the whole world can be seen from a single point — an obvious impossibility unless the earth is flat.

Although the Catholic Church had forced Galileo to recant his work questioning the immobile earth in 1632 — and only pardoned him in 1992 — they did so in part because they were certain the earth was a globe: a globe around which the sun, moon and all other heavenly bodies revolved. Such was the Ptolemaic system, which had dominated Western views for more than a millennium. And yet, the Bible itself reflects a radically different view of the cosmos, one shared by the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians, in which the earth is both stationary and flat. And there is a wide range of scriptural passages to prove it.

The late Robert Schadewald made this point conclusively in “The Flat-Earth Bible,” an article posted on the Web back in 1995.  Schadewald was a former board member and president of the National Center for Science Education, a leader in the fight against creationism and other forms of pseudo-science being pushed into schools. But he was as much an enthusiastic student of fringe or “alternative” science as a source of endless fascination as he was a critic of swallowing it whole.

“When I first became interested in the flat-earthers in the early 1970s, I was surprised to learn that flat-earthism in the English-speaking world is and always has been entirely based upon the Bible,” Schadewald begins his piece. Easily the most influential work is “Zetetic Astronomy, Earth Not a Globe,” by Samuel Birley Rowbotham. Its first, 16-page pamphlet edition, in 1849, predated Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” by a decade.

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2 Responses to “Creationists endure rough few weeks: Why the flat-earth crowd is in trouble”

  1. Joanna Santos Says:

    the unfortunate thing here is that big bang or no matter, time and space have an origin of some sort. Being no Biblical literalist myself I still understand that something cannot come from nothing. This is an even more illogical hypothesis than those who believe in Adam and Eve and the garden.
    The fact is that man has not the slightest notion of the origins of the cosmos other than it dawned as a ball of mass at some point billions of years ago.
    I make no presumption that I know the nature or the mind of God but I find the atheistic stance to be the most puzzling of all. In that regard I have far more respect for the agnostic who at least doubts but acknowledges he cannot confirm one way or the other.
    Absence of proof of a higher power or deity is not proof that there isn’t one – big bang or not and whatever or whoever created the universe its a safe bet to say that the intelligence involved supersedes that of man by exponential amounts.
    To presume otherwise is presumptuous and foolish to say the least.

    • Suzan Says:

      You can’t understand how something could come from nothing yet you believe in a god that came from nothing.

      There is absolutely zero evidence for their being any sort of magical invisible sky being particularly of the nature of the one dreamed up by the desert goat herders who cobbled their magic invisible sky daddy together from other tribes who had whole families of magic invisible sky beings.

      To presume there is is an exercise in ignorance and superstition at best.

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