Flat Earth?

From: Stephen Meyers <ibss@comcast.net>
Date: Wed Nov 23 2005 - 18:19:02 EST

Eusebius of Caesarea wrote a book called Preparation of the Gospel around 314 AD (Eusebius 1981, v; Mras 1954). He discusses different Greek philosophies showing how some are similar to the Bible, and how some are contrary. The following is Eusebius' compilation of Greek views of the shape of the earth:
Thales and the Stoics: the earth is spherical.
Anaximander: it is like a stone pillar supporting the surfaces.
Anaximenes: like a table.
Leucippus: like a kettle-drum.
Democritus: like a disk in its extension, but hollow in the middle.
"But Moses and the oracles of the Hebrews trouble themselves about none of these things; and with good reason, because it was thought that those who busied themselves about these matters gained no benefit in regard to the right conduct of life" (Eusebius 1981, 913, 869).
Stephen Meyers
Institute for Biblical & Scientific Studies
Received on Wed Nov 23 18:22:06 2005

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