Todays letter-to-the-editor is very short, but it’s also very good. We found it in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock, Arkansas, the state capital. The letter is titled Established science, and it’s the last of several letters at that link. The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the letter writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Linda. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Science is “established science” until it isn’t. [Brilliant beginning!] For centuries established science told us Earth was flat when all the while the oldest book in the Bible said God sits on the circle of Earth.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That is classic creationism. To begin with, “established science” never taught that the Earth is flat.
Aristotle (who died in 322 BC) correctly referred to the Earth’s shadow on the Moon as demonstrating that the Earth is a sphere. His views are mentioned in Wikipedia’s article on Spherical Earth.
A generation after Aristotle came Eratosthenes, who accurately calculated the Earth’s circumference. The work of both men was widely known long before the New Testament was written, but like the Old Testament, the New Testament is also a flat-Earth book. For the last 2,000 years, it was only the bible and its believers who taught that the Earth is flat.
We discussed Linda’s “circle of Earth” bible verse in The Earth Is Flat!, which should have been translated the “disk of the Earth.” We also discussed dozens of other verses that say it’s flat — and there are none that say it’s a sphere.
Linda’s not doing too well, but let’s see what else she’s got. She changes the subject and says:
Now established science thinks it has discovered water on the moon.
Hey — she’s right! Here’s a recent PhysOrg article on that: Moon richer in water than once thought. What does Linda think about it? She tells us:
I believe one only has to read the first few verses of Genesis to know how it got there. It will be interesting to see how established science explains it.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, NASA should rely on the bible. Then they’d not only know what’s out there , but also why it’s there. Linda concludes her letter with this:
For their information [NASA’s, presumably] there may (and probably will) be water found on other planets. It’s in the Book.
Yes, NASA should definitely study the bible. Then they’ll know everything there is to know about the universe — and they’ll be as wise as Linda.
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