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The Christian bible has a number of verses that suggests the Earth is flat.

Isaiah 40:22:

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

Proverbs 8:27:

I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,

Job 38:13-14

that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

Is the Earth flat?

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    Slightly problematically, none of those biblical references sound remotely definitive as clearly saying the earth is flat. – matt_black Jan 5 '19 at 16:28
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    The problem with this kind of question is always, what is taken as evidence? NASA pictures of earth in different rotations? Flat Earthers see everything as a big conspiracy driven by Satan to turn people away from the biblical truth of a flat earth. – Sebastian Redl Jan 5 '19 at 16:29
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    In fact some of them have been used to argue the opposite view that the bible claims the earth is sphere: skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/10413/3943. Moreover, most christian scholars never interpreted them to mean the earth was flat . Eg (random choice from current British Library exhibition in English from 8th century): twitter.com/sib313/status/1070834153866833921 – matt_black Jan 5 '19 at 16:35
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    The very belief that people used to believe the earth was flat is itself a myth as this answer here shows: skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/797/3943 – matt_black Jan 5 '19 at 16:37
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    @fredsbend the point wasn’t about who was first: it was about how, historically, scholars have interpreted the bible. The bible making clear claims the earth is flat is a modern idea not an ancient one. – matt_black Jan 5 '19 at 17:03
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No, the Earth is not flat

On Christmas Eve 1968, humans took this photograph of the Earth. The round profile in combination with the gradient and the half-ellipsis shape of the terminator, and the dark side of the Earth, are all consistent with the Earth being a spheroid planet. This photograph is incompatible with the notion of a flat planet.

A few hours later, in their second television broadcast for the mission, the astronauts had been instructed to say something nice and fitting with the season, so they elected to read from Genesis.

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Earthrise, the Earth as photographed by the astronauts of Apollo 8

  • ImprobaBALL Flat Earth documentary, the video that 100% convinced me of Flat Earth: youtube.com/watch?v=jUtejRHkwqg – Duel Dec 11 '19 at 14:37
  • @Duel I don't know why you bothered asking the question if you were just going to ignore the answer and then trust some random YouTube video instead. – F1Krazy Dec 11 '19 at 15:10
  • Watch the video, it makes sense. I had asked this question when I first found the Flat Earth Theory/Truth. I just returned to this question after a whole year of research. Your answer is easily disproven by Flat Earth, and you should actually research before answering! – Duel Dec 11 '19 at 16:23
  • No, that video makes no sense at all, it is rambling nonsense from start to finish. – MichaelK Dec 11 '19 at 18:51
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    @Duel I did, and it was rambling nonsense. Exactly as expected. – MichaelK Dec 11 '19 at 19:44

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