You’ve probably seen one of our favorite posts — The Earth Is Flat! There we quote numerous bible passages describing the Earth as flat, and none of them are contradicted anywhere else in the bible. Nevertheless, most of the creationist websites we visit somehow deny what the bible says about the Earth’s shape, while insisting that the Earth is young, Adam & Eve were real, Noah’s Flood actually happened, etc.
In an attempt to show how reasonable they are, AIG has repeatedly posted that despite the things they do believe, they don’t believe that the Earth is flat. The last time was Answers in Genesis & the Flat Earth, Part 3.
Like AIG’s last three attempts, this new one was written by Danny Faulkner. 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.
Danny’s newest effort is The Book of Enoch and the Flat Earth. The Book of Enoch? We went to our post with all the flat Earth bible passages, and saw that we never mentioned the Book of Enoch. What’s going on here?
So we visited Wikipedia. Their article on the Book of Enoch explains the situation. They say:
It is not part of the biblical canon as used by Jews, apart from Beta Israel. Most Christian denominations and traditions may accept the Books of Enoch as having some historical or theological interest, but they generally regard the Books of Enoch as non-canonical or non-inspired. It is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, but not by any other Christian groups.
So this time around, Danny is ignoring all of the uncontradicted bible passages describing the flat Earth, and instead he discusses the Book of Enoch, which virtually all denominations regard as non-scriptural and therefore irrelevant. We’ll give you some excerpts from his very long essay, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
His “Abstract” summarizes everything in his article, so we’ll quote that in its entirety:
The Book of Enoch is an important source for those who promote the notion that the earth is flat. A few portions of this rather long book teach that the earth is flat, but other passages are ambiguous about the earth’s shape. Flat earthers are selective about which portions of the Book of Enoch that they cite, because other passages clearly contradict aspects of the flat-earth model promoted today. The book of Enoch almost certainly is pseudepigraphal because there is considerable doubt that the patriarch Enoch wrote it, despite the claim within the book that he did. The Book of Enoch is not canonical. Therefore, it ought not be used to interpret Scripture, particularly in claiming the Bible teaches that the earth is flat.
So what? The creation scientists at AIG claim to be bible-believers, so why do they care about something that isn’t in the bible? Anyway, Danny says:
In a previous article, I discussed a few of the biblical passages that, according to some people, teach that the earth is flat. There I made the point that the Bible doesn’t endorse any cosmology, but instead gives only bare details regarding cosmology that could be understood several ways. For instance [various bible passages]. These statements briefly describe God’s creative acts during Creation Week, but they hardly teach any particular cosmology, such as geocentrism or heliocentrism, whether the earth is flat or a sphere, or whether the universe is expanding or static. God exemplified his wisdom in not endorsing any of man’s cosmologies in his Word. If God had done otherwise, it would have needlessly exposed the Bible to ridicule in nearly every age, for man’s cosmologies have changed continually over time.
As we’ve said before, with not much more effort, AIG could — like other denominations — dismiss the bible passages that support their young-Earth creationism, but of course they don’t. Why? Because it’s The Truth™.
After picking on the Book of Enoch, which isn’t difficult to do, Danny talks briefly about the bible and tells us:
Forget what the Book of Enoch says — what are the pillars of heaven in Job 26:11? That isn’t clear at all. First, note that God isn’t speaking in Job 26, but rather it is the beginning of Job’s long response (Job 26–31) to Bildad’s comments in Job 25. Therefore, the thoughts expressed here are those of Job’s, and may not necessarily reflect God’s truth. Furthermore, since Job is a poetic book, we ought to be very careful about reading this too literally.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, it’s easy to dismiss those parts of the bible that now appear to be in error. Too bad that AIG isn’t consistent in doing that.
Then Danny returns to the Book of Enoch and devotes a zillion paragraphs to ridiculing it. That’s all there is to his essay.
So what has he accomplished? Nothing. Nothing at all. Oh wait — he has done one thing. He’s shown us that he’s not crazy. Although he’s a young-Earth creationist, he’s not one of those flat-Earthers. They’re crazy!
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