Earlier this year we wrote Answers in Genesis and the Flat Earth, in which we described an attempt by Danny Faulkner to discredit the belief that the Earth is flat. Danny is one of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. Here’s AIG’s biographical information about him. They say he taught physics and astronomy until he joined AIG. His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University.
It’s amusing to see AIG argue against a flat Earth, because both the Old Testament and the New have an ark-load of passages that unmistakably say otherwise. We gave several examples in The Earth Is Flat!, but as we’ve previously posted, at least since the time of Aristotle, educated people knew the world was a sphere. And a generation after Aristotle, in the third century BC (well before the time of the New Testament), Eratosthenes computed the earth’s size. But none of that information found its way into the bible.
Danny did a decent job of arguing that the Earth is a sphere, but he never addressed any of the bible passages declaring it to be flat. Today he’s writing about the same topic. His latest post at the AIG website is A Flat-Earth Prediction Falls Flat. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
He begins by mentioning his earlier article, and then says:
In this article, I will test a prediction based upon the flat-earth model and show that the results of the test clearly contradict the prediction.
Then he presents a bizarre flat-Earth model, one which may be popular among flat-Earthers, but we’ve never seen it before:
In the flat earth model, the sun is 32 miles in diameter and about 3,000 miles above the earth’s surface. According to this theory, this rather modest sun orbits the axis of the earth’s North Pole each day (Figure 1). The sun is a spotlight that illuminates a region of the earth under this spotlight. As the sun orbits, different parts of the earth are illuminated, producing day and night. This motion also would bring the sun alternately closer and farther from each and every location on the flat earth. The sun allegedly appears to rise and then set each day as a result of perspective.
Danny discredits that silly model, using lots of math and diagrams. Ignoring all that, which is most of his article, Danny concludes by telling us:
Once again, I urge Christians not to be taken in by flat-earth nonsense.
Okay — we’re convinced. But so what? Although flat-Earthism is scriptural, it’s not a serious problem these days. It hasn’t been since the time of Aristotle — in spite of what the bible says. One would think that a similar dedication to evidence would result in the fading away of creationism — but somehow that doesn’t happen. Why?
Danny never even gets close to that subject. For some inexplicable reason, AIG ignores scripture regarding the shape of the Earth, yet they fanatically insist that the bible is unerringly true about the 6,000 year age of the universe, the miraculous creation of all living things in a few days, and a global Flood a mere 4,000 years ago. As we said at the end of our earlier post:
There’s no way to get around it. If the bible is correct about Adam & Eve, Noah’s Ark, and all the rest, then it must also be true that the Earth is flat. Nevertheless, the Earth isn’t flat. Danny knows this. But he can’t face the consequences.
We’ll finish by telling Danny that we’re very impressed with his latest post. We haven’t bothered to study his spherical Earth arguments, but it appears that he can think rationally when he wants to. We agree with him — the evidence clearly shows that the Earth isn’t flat — despite what the bible says. But why, Danny, don’t you agree with the evidence that tells us the Earth isn’t young, and that life evolved over a period of hundreds of millions of years? Why, Danny?
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