Protestants campaigned for FLat EArth Error?

Philippines
December 6, 2012 12:24am CST
Hello lotters, The the middle ages believed that the world was flat and because of science we started to believed that the world is actually round. while I was watching the video about debunking ancient aliens theory, the error had spread through middle age simply by some protestants against the Roman Catholic Teachings. but the ancient greeks and Roman scholars new that the earth was round? wow, this has made me realized how idiot I am. you gotta know a lot in history and not just in the MAIN STREAM. well, there are people who wants to question everything, but at least this part of this had been explained. what do you think? am not into arguing, i just found out, how ignorant am I. I bet this was common history i didn't search to.
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@topffer (29915)
• France
6 Dec 12
I am not sure that there was an official Catholic teaching in the middle ages saying that the earth was round : the Greeks and Romans were thinking that it was round, and some members of the Church followed them, while some others, doing a literal reading of the Bible, were saying that the earth was flat. None of both theories has been condemned by the Church. Later Copernicus has been condemned because he was teaching that the sun was the center of the universe, not because he was teaching that the earth was round : flat or round the earth had to be the center.
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• Philippines
6 Dec 12
Hello topffer, THat would have been just right if they had accept the belief that the world was round. probably because during those times no one even bothered to explore, but with out the exploration done back in the middle ages we never would have spread this way. well, this proves that we need to do research in the world history of other cultures but be careful what you read it can be propaganda of sorts
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
6 Dec 12
Yeah. That seems to be the common misconception. It was being pushed that many people believed the earth was flat. But people back in the day could still draw logical deductions from things like the sun, the moon, our rotation, the curvature of the sky, etc. In the mainstream, it IS pushed that just about everyone thought the earth was flat. It's what I learned in school. It's what I've gone through most of my life believing. But just like it wasn't Paul Revere who rode out, some things sound better to say. If you were born in 1960, everything prior is ancient history. It may as well have been 360. Your perception remains the same, and someone could have rewritten the entire world history canon in 1959, and how would you ever know otherwise if you were being taught the revision?
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
Hello materfish, this also reminds me of the Council of Nicea, the meeting was all about what's to be put and what's not to be installed in the Bible that most christians believed today. though i guess it's still dangerous to be open minded but you gotta learn the truth once in a while, it can or could not save you.. I've heard too that UFO word is even taboo during the 70s and 80s
• United States
6 Dec 12
That's what scares me about anything. You have a group of people--probably men from the same culture and background--sitting down in a room and deciding what everyone should know. That something actually had to be omitted from the Bible is extremely contradictory to the point we're all supposed to believe that it's divine word. It was pieced together for seeming effect, as is all history. Scary when you think about it!
• Mexico
7 Dec 12
Hi Letran Knight: What I can say is that every ancient religion has commit mistakes. Mostly because of intolerance and thinking they have the last word on every subject. Protestans also have burned some women accused of witchcraft some centuries before. ALVARO
• Philippines
7 Dec 12
Hello sailover, Which is no different from the Catholic church themselves before, so sad torture and killing were adamant simply because one remain not want to be open minded. sometimes i do feel too late for the new modern times knowing there's so many scars in the society.
@koopharper (6197)
• Canada
7 Dec 12
This is a link to webpage that discusses Eratosthenes a Greek mathematician who calculated the circumference of earth around 240 BC. His calculations were not far off the mark.
• Philippines
7 Dec 12
Hello koopharper, maybe i should have link the debunker of this ancient aliens and search more from there. besides, they were a lot of unanswered claim that was debunked here.well, at least with his claim, it bcame a bit close but the sun wasn't the center of the universe, it was the center of a star system
@toyota4k (1212)
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
I think you are wrong. the Catholic pope and bishops at that time believed otherwise. Actually, Galileo had a large following among the Roman Curia, including the pope. However, Galileo got himself into trouble by teaching that the heliocentric (Sun-centered universe) theory was fact. However, at the time it was just a theory or hypothesis and Galileo even stated that he could not prove it. Had he changed his approach to the subject we never would have heard today of the controversy. Unfortunately, Galileo was not a humble person and had quite a temper and sarcastic manner and began to attack the Church in speech and his writing. Even his close friend the pope became the target of his rage. Of course, this did not endear him to the Church and he lost much of his standing with the Roman clergy..... an excerpt from: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_the_Roman_Catholic_church_oppose_Galileo%27s_ideas
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
Hello Toyota, I am not surprised with him along with all the scientist who went into focusing much on science and debunking religion. I didn't say i was right, i was watching the movie in youtube about ancient aliens being debunked. sad part that he wasn't humble enough. reminds of me those revolutionary athiest of today, but most of them are good people
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
I think this issue was sure complicated, not because of the lack of knowledge of people at the time, but rather some groups inhibit the truth to be disseminated. It was even made more complicated by groups with a dirty political agenda.
• Philippines
7 Dec 12
Hello joliefille, it's sad that people like to dictate the truth so that people in the future would never questioned it.there's always like this even in our country just for the purpose of clearing some one's name? or ruining it to the point that would make people believe it's the truth
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
7 Dec 12
Well those were the times that humanity was still learning to understand science and was not really accepted by the Church. I think in time, the Church accepted this was true because of the early explorers adventure to the seas that led the discovery of other places other than their own and continuing to travel in the same direction and getting back home without going back on the same route. I guess this proves that earth was indeed round. I think this was proven by Magellan's expedition when he started going to Americas and beyond which ended up to Philippines and continued their travels going round the world and ended back home.