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By EWMI - Posted on 02 November 2006

by Albert Persohn
I owe the Middle Ages an apology! So do my teachers. Perhaps yours as well. The article posted here moves to debunk the long held position that Religious scholars in the middle ages thought the world was flat.I owe the Middle Ages an apology! So do my teachers. Perhaps yours as well. The article posted here moves to debunk the long held position that Religious scholars in the middle ages thought the world was flat.The Flat Earth Myth

The real myth is the idea that anyone ever believed in a flat earth

by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

In the course of promoting my new book, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, I have made the point that major historians of science today no longer hold the simplistic position that "religion" has been nothing but an obstacle to "science." This contention doubtless comes as a surprise to some people, since most of us have gone through life hearing and being taught that very idea.

The standard view was given its classical expression by Andrew Dickson White (1832–1918) in his two-volume History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896). Yet it is safe to say that scarcely any serious historian of science today views White’s work as anything but quaintly risible. (That doesn’t stop hostile e-mail correspondents even now from dutifully quoting him to me, as if the past century’s revolution in our understanding of the history of science had never occurred.) And while the claim of Pierre Duhem and Stanley Jaki that certain Christian theological ideas were indispensable to the rise of Western science (see, for instance, Jaki’s discussion of inertial motion – and, indeed, his entire thesis – in Science and Creation: From Eternal Cycles to an Oscillating Universe) has not become the dominant view, the opposite position – the one drilled into the heads of 99.9 percent of American students at all levels, from elementary school onward – has for all intents and purposes been abandoned.

This just can’t be true, say my critics. After all, didn’t the Church teach that the world was flat?

Actually, no. Essentially no one during the Middle Ages believed the world was flat. Of the many myths about the Middle Ages this one is perhaps the most widespread, and yet at the same time the most roundly and authoritatively debunked.

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alberto's picture

Okay, okay. The earth is round. I was only repeating an argument I heard one night, on a television talk show, long ago, made by a member of the Flat Earth Society. I hereby renounce any credit for originality.

The Flat Earth Society was, of course, a spoof in its own right, as was the Society for Indecency in Animals, which was a group purportedly in favor of clothing animals. They would put boxer shorts, for example, on beagle hounds, multi-compartmented brassiers on a cow, skirts on a mare, etc., etc. The photographs were hilarious. They pretended to be very serious about the issue. They objected to animals running about, in the nude.

Some people took them seriously. The clue to the spoof was plainly in their name -- The Society FOR Indecency in Animals.

albert burke

Ransom's picture

This is good stuff. A lot of it is available in the Wikipedia article "Flat Earth".

On a related note, it's amazing that Christians could decide to believe godless scientists, even when they insist upon contradicting the inviolable dictum that Scripture cannot in any way contradict reality. See

alberto's picture

I have known the obvious since childhood: the earth is indeed flat. Roaming my yard, and the neighborhood with other little kids, we established to our own satisfaction that the earth is, for all intents and purposes, quite flat and level, except for hills and valleys and such-like anomalies.

I defy anyone to prove otherwise. Oh, yes, you can produce a photograph, taken, by a satellite, from space, that SEEMS to show the earth as a round ball. Such pictures are obvious fakes. "How can they be fake?", someone asks. Well, I will use the Lord's technique for answering such questions: I will ask a question myself.

What shape is a camera's lens? Answer me, and I will answer you! "Round", you say, correctly. Well, bless God, you knucklehead, is it not OBVIOUS that any flat object photographed with a ROUND lens will appear to be round?

The earth is flat. Get over it.

albert burke

Barry's picture

good one

we are all in this together

JL's picture

And here I am this morning playing with pictures taken with a camera with 900 square lenses.

I remember a picture by the flat-earth society titled, "New York is round too."

The ancients knew the earth was round because:
Ships sailing away on the horizon disappear from the bottom up
The earth's shadow on the moon is always a piece of a circle.



JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

MiddleKnowledge's picture


No it goes like this. A sign in New York reads:

"Flat Earth Society: Global Headquarters"

Tim Martin

EWMI's picture

Perhaps it is off to the library I should go. Up until coming across this article I never thought to test it.

JL's picture

Test everything. Hold on to the good.

I Thessalonians 5:21


JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

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