Around 300 years before the birth of Christ, there was a Greek mathematician named Eratosthenes. Using logic, empiricism and methodical science, he determined that the Earth was, in fact, round. Not only that, he also calculated it’s circumference.
An amazing feat indeed, considering that, at the time, everybody else on Earth believed that the Earth was flat.
Over the next 2300 years, this knowledge slowly but steadily seeped into the collective consciousness of humanity. But at first, the concept would have seemed ridiculous. After all, how could the Earth be a sphere? Wouldn’t people on the other end fall off? The idea flew in the face of traditional assumptions. You can’t really blame people for not believing it. I mean, the ground looks flat after all. People back then weren’t stupid, they naturally just constructed their world based on the things they could see.
Eventually, sailors would observe that a ship’s mast would descend below the horizon. This rather simple observation is enough, today, to prove to everybody that the Earth is not flat. Or is it?
Believe it or not, there is actually a group today called the “Flat Earth Society” that firmly argues against the curvature of the Earth. They claim that the Earth is flat, and they’ve got some ‘compelling scientific evidence’ to support it:
“There are rivers that flow for hundreds of miles towards the level of the sea without falling more than a few feet — notably, the Nile, which, in a thousand miles, falls but a foot. A level expanse of this extent is quite incompatible with the idea of the Earth’s ‘convexity.'”
If the Earth was curved, then large lakes should have a measurable curvature on their surface. Repeated experiments show that they are perfectly flat.
Now I know what you’re thinking. These people are just crazy. I mean, how can you deny such an overwhelmingly proven fact of science without being totally brainwashed, or downright retarded? Well, it’s actually very simple.
You see, it’s astonishingly easy to convince people of something if you throw enough scientific jargon at them, and frame it as if it were ‘obvious.’ The above quotes are perfect examples of how certain groups succeed in deceiving people by taking advantage of their impressionable nature. It’s pretty clear that the above quotes are based on fake science. It’s laughable, really. Here is another typical example of how science is abused in an effort to deceive:
There you have it. According to top Christian scientists, if evolution were true, our peanut butter should come to life. Personally, I think it’s an insult to Christian people everywhere that such a flagrantly ridiculous postulation should be made as if it were legitimately founded. I’m not an evolutionary biologist by any means, but even from taking science 9, I can tell this ‘scientist’ that:
1) Life doesn’t occur in sealed environments because there is no fresh oxygen
2) Evolutionary scientists DO NOT claim that energy and matter necessarily create new life
In any case, I think it’s clear to any rationally thinking person that the claims made by this man are only intended to deceive stupid people, much in the same way the “Flat Earth Society” uses vageuly scientific rhetoric to convince idiots that the Earth is flat.
So why bring all this up? I’ll tell you why. Because there is an increasing movement in North America to teach children about “alternatives to science” in terms of life and nature. This is wrong. I’m not saying children should not be exposed to religion, but children are supposed to get their FACTS from school, not their ideologies or their beliefs.
How would you feel if the “Flat Earth Society” decided to add “Flat Earthism” to the school curriculum? How would you feel, if this organization wanted your children to be taught that the Earth is flat? Well here’s the kicker ladies and gents:
Denying evolution is, within the realm of proven science, equally as absurd as denying that the Earth is round.
There is 100% absolute scientific consensus on evolution, and if ‘Christian science’ tries to tell you otherwise, it’s because organized religion is (and always has been) fundamentally threatened by the prospect of human knowledge. And wouldn’t ya know, the “Flat Earth Society” just happens to be a Christian organization too! What are the odds?!
If you still have questions about how evolution occurs (ie. how did the wing evolve, how could lifeless matter become living, etc.) then there are perfeclty argued, fully documented, utterly tested and unquestionably proven reasons for how evolution occurs… that is, if you’re willing to read a book. It’s just as easy to see as a ship’s mast going down over the horizon, even if the idea seems, at first, to contradict our natural assumptions.
As my final point, let me just say that I have the utmost respect for the beliefs of others. If you choose to believe that evolution is only a theory, then that is your prerogative. All I’m saying is that, logically speaking, you might as well believe the Earth is flat as well.
You can believe whatever you want. I won’t try and stop you.