Everyone who can read knows that the bible is a flat Earth book. In The Earth Is Flat! we quoted dozens of scripture passages that say so, and there are none that say otherwise. Creationists sometimes claim that Isaiah 40:22 says the Earth is a sphere because it says “the circle of the earth,” but our post explains that “circle” in that passage means “disk.”
If one is going to take the bible literally, he must be a flat-Earther. It’s therefore extremely amusing to find bible-believing creationists who don’t believe the Earth is flat. A good example is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Look what appears at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry: Faith on the Edge: a New Flat Earth Documentary. Hambo wrote it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
When I am out speaking, I answer many (many!) questions, and often they’re the same sorts of ones I’ve heard for years (i.e., Where did Cain get his wife? What about the dinosaurs? And so forth). In the past, one question I rarely ever received was, “What about the flat earth?” But now I hear it all the time! And that holds true for our other AiG speakers, particularly our astronomer, Dr. Danny Faulkner.
Faulkner wrote a few posts for AIG attempting to deny that the bible is a flat Earth book — see, e.g.: Answers in Genesis & the Flat Earth, Part 3. But now that the question is coming up all the time, Hambo is dealing with it himself. He says:
In fact, it used to kind of be an insult thrown at creationists, “You guys must also believe in a flat earth, right?” (Spoiler: we don’t.)
It really amazes us that they’re not flat-Earthers. But let’s be fair and give Hambo a chance to defend himself. He tells us:
And that’s why I’m excited about a new documentary hosted by The Creation Guys [Who?] and produced by Awesome Science Media. [Whoever they are.] With a gracious spirit, the DVD looks at this issue from both a biblical and scientific perspective. The Creation Guys even do a neat experiment and interview Gen. Charlie Duke, one of the Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon — and saw the global earth from it!
It isn’t difficult to demonstrate that the Earth is a sphere, and we see no need to praise anyone for accepting the true shape of the world — but if these people are also bible-believing creationists, why don’t they accept what the bible says about the Earth? Hambo continues:
On top of being an astronomer and having taught astronomy for 26 years, AiG’s Dr. Danny Faulkner has written a great deal on this new flat earth phenomena [sic] for our website. Therefore, he was asked to be an expert featured on the full-length documentary Faith on the Edge: Exposing the Biblical & Scientific Case Against the Flat Earth. [Link omitted.] This excellent DVD debunks some of the most popular arguments flat earthers make and looks at the biblical passages they use to support their position.
Sounds thrilling, but we’ll ignore it. Let’s read on:
Now, before you contact us to tell us the earth is flat [We were just about to do that!], first, please watch this documentary. We’ve thoroughly researched the supposed biblical and scientific pieces of evidence presented in favor of such a (wrong) view. It simply isn’t taught in Scripture [Groan!], and the science doesn’t support it (although, sadly, many Christians are being convinced by cherry-picked data that only shows part of the whole story and out of context).
Regardless of all the evidence in the world, Hambo believes and preaches young-Earth creationism because that’s what the bible says. Yet he refuses to accept what the bible says about the shape of the Earth. How does one brain accommodate both positions without exploding? It’s an abominable mystery. Here’s another excerpt:
If you know someone in the flat earth movement, I encourage you to share this documentary with them. And if you’re part of it, I respectfully encourage you to humbly view this film and reconsider your position.
That’s all Hambo has to say on the subject. For the rest of his post he’s promoting some other DVDs, so we’ll leave him here. And what do we conclude, dear reader? What can we say about someone — a whole bunch of people, actually — whose view of reality is so … we don’t know what to call it. How about “selectively wrong”? That’s close, but we don’t know how to describe it. Can you help us out?
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