What is most distinctive about what flat-earthers think is what the do not think. Flat-earthers do not think the earth is a sphere (globe) but, rather, is flat. Some consider the earth is flat and square following Revelation 7:
And following these factors I saw 4 angels standing on the 4 corners of the earth (KJV)
But most consider the earth is flat and round as described in Isaiah 40:
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the starting? Have you not understood considering that the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its individuals are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to reside in.
My Lengthy Acquaintance with Flat-Earthers
As a kid, a lady in my fundamentalist church was a flat-earther, and I became a flat-earther, myself, due to the fact of her. I previously wrote about my defense of flat earth in the fifth grade. But even although I was not a flat-earther for lengthy I kept up with them from time to time. As a reader of American religious groups, I was interested in Wilbur Voliva, the leader of the church and city of Zion, Illinois, due to the fact he was a flat-earther.
Later, I came into get in touch with with Charles Johnson and the Flat Earth Society. Johnson had come to be custodian of most of the flat-earth archives up to that point, which he kept in a trailer. He worked really hard to spread flat earth views and even had an on-line presence. Non-flat-earthers had been not permitted to contribute to the on the internet conversation, but I was a member anyway—I just didn’t say something. I was there to listen.
A massive emphasis for Johnson was disproving the curvature of the earth. He claimed that when watching ships moving out to sea they did not disappear more than the curvature of the earth but basically appeared smaller sized till they could no longer be noticed. He also utilised a device to measure the curvature of water on pretty huge lakes and claimed that he located no curvature.
I consider he was also the 1 who produced a massive deal out of a story of a ship traveling across what we would contact the far southern seas and took longer than anticipated. He was elated it match his theory completely. I believed it odd, although, due to the fact this was just 1 ship and I am positive quite a few ships traveled that identical location.
One particular factor I try to remember from that time was that there was a contingent of Australian flat-earthers on the web-site, and they would confirm that they, who lived ‘down under’, had been not hanging from the earth by their feet.
Regrettably, Johnson’s trailer caught fire and the records had been destroyed. Sometime following that, my personal computer crashed and I lost all my accumulated flat earth material. Johnson died in 2001.
Flat-Earthers, Inerrantists, and the Vault of the Sky
I started this short article with references to two biblical passages that recommend to flat-earthers that the earth is flat. But these are not the only passages that make such a suggestion. In truth, a flat earth is in view from the pretty starting of the Bible and was the view of the ancient Hebrews who had small concept of a spherical earth. Genesis 1 reports:
And God mentioned, “Let there be a vault in between the waters to separate water from water.” So God produced the vault and separated the water below the vault from the water above it…
And God mentioned, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the evening, and let them serve as indicators to mark sacred instances, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God produced two wonderful lights the higher light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the evening. He also produced the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the evening, and to separate light from darkness.
The vault separates the rain from the surface water on the earth but notice what is in the vault of the sky—the sun, the moon, and the stars. They are proper there above us—not that far away.
Genesis 7 provides us an concept of about how significantly combined water there is in the water on the earth and the water in the vault:
[O]n that day all the springs of the wonderful deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens had been opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights…The waters rose and enhanced significantly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose significantly on the earth, and all the higher mountains below the complete heavens had been covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of far more than fifteen cubits [about 23 feet]
I assume that most (or all) flat-earthers are inerrantists, but undoubtedly not all inerrantists are flat-earthers. And it tends to make me wonder why. These passages from Genesis are believed to be inerrant, and however most inerrantists do not embrace the flat earth descriptions that lie behind them.
How Do Flat-Earthers Envision the Earth?
I have frequently heard of these who asked flat-earthers, ‘Then on what does the earth rest?’ And the answer is, ‘The back of a giant turtle.’
‘And what is that turtle on?’ Answer: ‘Another turtle it is turtles all the way down.’
I have never ever heard a genuine flat-earther say something like that. But flat-earthers do not basically reject views of a spherical earth but have particular beliefs about how a flat earth appears and functions. We will speak about that subsequent time.
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Articles in this series:
I Was a Fifth-Grade Flat-Earther
Books and Sources on Inerrancy