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The myth of the flat earth was a fraud perpetrated on laypeople to besmirch the church. About 200 years BC, Eratosthenes of Cyrene, a Greek mathematician had confirmed the earth was round and also calculated its circumference to an accuracy of within 10%. Theologians never believed the earth was flat and scripture doesn’t teach it. It is argued that Isaiah wrote about a flat disc shaped earth when he said;
Isaiah 40:22; “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers”
They assert that what he must have meant was a flat disc, when circle was adequate. It was evident for anyone who looked into the sky and saw all the spheres there that the earth might just be the same. Maybe they thought the full moon was a disk on its side. Another clue may have been the curved shadow of the earth on the moon during a lunar eclipse. There were many indicators suggesting a spherical earth including watching a ship disappear over the horizon. Or maybe they thought they all sank, I don’t know.
“…the Historical Society of Britain some years back listed as number one in its short compendium of the ten most common historical illusions. It is the notion that people used to believe that the earth was flat–especially medieval Christians.” (Jeffrey Burton Russell-for the American Scientific Affiliation Conference, August 4, 1997 at Westmont College)