That’s right, our title is your clue that we’ve finally gone over the edge. But maybe not. You can decide after you’ve read this historic post.
Everyone has heard of the Knights Templar. It is commonly believed that their principal mission was the protection of pilgrims visiting the Holy Land when it was occupied after the First Crusade. Over the centuries, myths and legends have developed, and fictional purposes have been invented for the Templars. They are frequently associated with Freemasonry, and in The Da Vinci Code they were said to have had a far more sinister motive than the cover-story of protecting pilgrims. All of that, however, is likely to be fiction. But what’s the real story?
Your Curmudgeon, after decades of solitary research, has at last discovered The Truth™ — which we herewith reveal to you. But first we’ll start with what is known and undisputed.
It’s well-documented that the Templars occupied the site of the Temple of Solomon. They were headquartered on the Temple Mount. In fact, the full name of their order was “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon.” Fine, but where do we go from there? If we ask why they chose that specific location, the answer to the age-old mystery emerges. You still don’t see it? Okay, brace yourself, dear reader — here it comes.
The ultimate mission of the Templars was to determine the accuracy of the scriptural value of pi at the Temple Mount. Everyone knows — and some knew at the time of the First Crusade, that pi is “really” 3.14159 etc., but did that value hold true for the site of the Temple? Discovering the value of pi at that sacred location was the Templar’s secret purpose.
Have we lost our Curmudgeonly mind? No, not yet — at least we don’t think so. Bear with us a while longer. As you already know, a literal, word-for-word reading of Genesis supports not only young-earth creationism, but also the fact that the earth is flat, stationary, and rests on pillars while the sun, moon, and stars revolve around it. See The Earth Is Flat, and also The Earth Does Not Move.
Further, as we discussed in Creationists And The Scriptural Value Of Pi, scripture reveals that the value of pi is exactly 3. Here are the passages; they aren’t in Genesis, but that shouldn’t diminish their authority. These are from the King James Version, of course:
And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. [1 Kings 7:23]
The dimensions of the temple pond were so important that they appear in scripture twice. Observe:
Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. [2 Chronicles 4:2]
So it was the mission of the Templars to confirm the accuracy of scripture by determining the value of pi at the location of the Temple. We know what you’re thinking: How could pi be only 3 at the Temple Mount, but more than 3 elsewhere? Ah, you’ve come to the right place.
Many of you know that pi isn’t constant. Its value varies relativistically. An observer at the rim of a rotating disk who uses a measuring rod to determine the circumference of the disk will discover, because the disk’s motion has shortened his measuring rod in the direction of the rim’s motion, that the disk’s circumference — and thus pi itself — is larger than Euclidean pi times the diameter. (The measuring rod will not be shortened as the observer measures the disk’s diameter.)
Not only that, but pi on such a rotating disk will have a different value for various locations on the disk. The farther from the center the observer goes, the faster he’s rotating, and the greater pi becomes. If his disk were something like an old phonograph record, then for each “track” he would find that pi’s value is different, always larger as the distance from the center increases.
Don’t take our word for it — take Einstein’s. He discusses the findings of an observer on a rotating disk at page 40 of Relativity : the Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein.
Okay, so pi can vary on a rotating disk. That’s nice, but what did the Templars learn? Alas, that can’t be determined. Their records aren’t available, and the site is now occupied by the Dome of the Rock. Therefore, the mystery remains.
A scientific investigation should be undertaken by creation scientists to determine the value of pi at that location. Nothing should be more important for them. If, as scripture claims, pi’s value there is 3, that will be indisputable proof that the world is flat. And then, who could deny all the other claims of the young-earth creationists?
Remember, you heard it here from your humble Curmudgeon.
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