Friday, February 10, 2012

Did ancient Near Easterners believe the world was flat?

One stock objection to the Bible is the claim that Bible writers thought the earth was flat. This objection is supported by the further claim that ancient Near Easterners in general adhered to a triple-decker cosmography. Bible writers were simply operating with the same antiquated framework. So goes the argument.

Charles Halton challeges that facile assumption:

One caveat I have with his discussion is when he says, “How else would ancient people have approached a topic that was so beyond their technological capacities to understand? ”

While that’s true for ancient Near Easterners in general, it fails to take into account the inspiration of Bible writers.

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