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Saturday, June 12, 2004

debunking the debunkers

A popular conception is that Columbus proved that the earth was round and not flat. If he did so, it was a proof necessary only for the most stupid of the population. Even in the Middle Ages, medieval scholars agreed on the that the earth is a sphere. A Greek idea at least 1500 years old at time, they accepted it.

Indeed they did but the Net still has links to skeptical and anti-Christian sites that continue to peddle the myth that the Church taught that the earth was flat.

But catch these sites fast before they quietly disappear forever into the dustbin of (cyberspace) history and their revisionist authors pretend they never ever -"cross my heart and hope to die" - mounted this vacuous charge against Christianity!

A few examples:

Christian Fundamentalism and Science by Liz Shields

Looking Deeper Into The Bible by Matthew McGinnis The Leprechaun

Memes and Genes
which includes the following piece of rigorous scientific fieldwork:
In ancient times the Earth was known to be round, and its diameter was even calculated with remarkable exactness; however, in medieval times this meme was lost, and people believed the Earth was flat. In ancient times, anyone who thought the Earth was flat was probably considered crazy, and this meme did not get very far. But during medieval times, anyone who suggested the Earth was round could have been burned at the stake.

This canard has been dismantled numerous times in both scholarly and popular sources - including works by atheist scholars - yet some self-appointed "internet infidels" and other miltant anti-Christian continue to display their historical ignorance in various rants as if it was "gospel truth". See tertius' earlier debunking of the flat earth mythers who mindlessly repeat this secular fable.

For a classic example of majoring on minors and making mountains out of molehills, it is worth examining the major atheist obsession with a tiny fringe group (approx 200 members worldwide) of eccentrics and jokers known as the Flat Earth Society. This whimsical group makes frequent appearances, and is subject of much hand-wringing, on various secular websites where it is taken with utmost seriousness...

2:45:00 pm