One day, these book blurbs flitted across my browser:
This is the 1st ever children's book that is dedicated to helping parents and professional educators teach children the Biblically based Flat Earth Doctrine. When God made the earth He could have made it any which way He chose. However, according to the Biblical account of Creation, from Genesis to Revelation, His earth is only ever stationary and flat with a dome overhead. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn a Biblical account of God's Creation. If you are ready to teach your children this truth, then this book is the perfect fit for your home, school curriculum, and your church.
I can accept that this author thinks this teaching is “Biblically based.” That’s the extent of my acceptance, though. Perhaps his idea of “Biblical” rests, unsuspecting and innocent, in a monochromatic notion of “Bible”—as though every document expresses things in the same way, for the same purpose, with the same audience and occasion in mind. Did the Almighty arm-wrestle the authors into sequel after sequel, creating one, giant Star Wars epic? The story of God and his people is indeed epic, but that is not the nature of the scriptures we hold dear.
Do you trust God's Word to be Faithful and True? Have you ever considered what the authors of the Bible, who were inspired by God, wrote about regarding the shape of the Earth? Does God's Word even mention the topic? Are NASA's claims and the mainstream Scientific Community in complete alignment with God's Word, or are there some contradictions? If there are contradictions, does it really matter? Did God intend for us to interpret his description of his Earth as mere poetry and metaphors? Is it possible that NASA has debunked God's Word at our subconscious? Does God's Word state that he created a Globe Earth, Flat Earth, or some other kind of shaped Earth? Does God care what you believe the shape of the Earth to be? The answers to these questions and many many more are within, and you may just be surprised.
I’m not surprised at much anymore. But I’m disappointed by more each day. I’m not so sad over this apparently sincere author’s apparently sincere belief. (Had it been kept between God and himself, I imagine God would appreciate the sincerity, too.) Rather, I’m sad that this material is “out there”—and that it might lead more intellectually astute, perhaps agnostic minds to think that all God-believers might actually think his way!
It was only a couple months ago that I learned of a connection between six-day-creationist and flat-earth ideas. (To be sure, not all flat-earthers are believers, but some are.) Now, I’m generally distrustful of large institutions, certainly including governing bodies and big business. As a result, I tend to be amenable (some would say gullible!) to conspiracy theories, but it seems pretty far-reaching that science could foist a round earth on the public for very long if the earth were not, in fact, round. I had suspected the idea of a flat earth was held by a few quacks who hole up with fellow quacks, amass weaponry, and maybe to obsess over Area 51. Their beliefs about the shape and motion of the earth seems like quackery.
But, then again, I hold beliefs that are just as iconoclastic—and are just as likely to cause other people to think I’m crazy.
God, have mercy on us all. We all need a lot of debunking. For instance, in certain conceptions of church and the Bible.
B. Casey, 3/26/20 – 5/30/20
(By sheer coincidence, the day of posting is the day of the SpaceX launch, which I hadn’t even heard about until yesterday, but which my son is following with interest. I suppose that if the earth turns out to be flat, maybe we’ll find out in a few hours. Nah. The government and big business are still all over this.)