Re: [asa] Designed Kangaroos?

From: gordon brown <gbrown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Fri Aug 03 2007 - 11:22:59 EDT

On Thu, 2 Aug 2007, Merv wrote:

>> From "Discarded Science" by John Grant beginning p. 30 following a
> discussion of what the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians believed.
>
> That these ideas were accepted is astonishing in light of the fact that as
> you travel north or south you see different starts come out at night --
> surely navigators such as the Babylonians /must/ have noticed this effect.
> Still, although the ancient Greeks, as we have now seen, were perfectly well
> aware that our world was a sphere, the flat-Earth idea survived. Martin
> Luther (1483-1546) and St. Augustine (d604) both insisted the Earth had to be
> flat, since otherwise people living on the underside wouldn't be able to
> witness Christ's descent on Judgment Day.

I wonder which Augustine Mr. Grant had in mind. The Augustine that we
usually think of when we hear the name died in 430. The one that died in
604 was, acccording to my dictionary, the first archbishop of Canterbury.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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