When did people stop believing the world was flat?
A lot of them haven't. The ancient Greeks knew that the world was not flat, they didn't all believe it was round, some thought it a kind of circular spiral, but that knowledge was lost during the Dark Ages. By 1500, many educated people believed that the world was round, but it was not until the 1800's that that knowledge became widespread. this is mainly due to people who went against the beliefs of the time, generally got themselves killed. It is possible that the ancient Hebrews always knew that the world was round: Isaiah 40:22 says "he sits enthroned above the circle of the earth"
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Answer: Actually it's a fallacy to think that before Columbus peoplethought the world was flat. Even in Biblical days there was astrong belief in a spherical earth. The falla…cy derives from theideas that people have adopted from Genesis - which are allegoricalboth in description and theology - that heaven is 'up there'whereas we are on a 'flat' earth - despite the idea of a flat earthnot mentioned at all in Genesis - or even anywhere in the Bible forthat matter. In fact, ancient Greeks knew that the earth was round. Eratosthenes(276-195BC) even calculated its circumference - and did it soaccurately as to be just a few percent out of today's accuratefigure. He also calculated the tilt in the earth's axis, inventedthe leap day, and some say even the distance between the earth andsun, centuries before Jeremiah Horrocks and Captain Cook did so byobserving transits of Venus. His ideas were passed on throughout society so that most people ofintelligence knew the spherical nature of the earth. The idea that Columbus traveled to America to 'prove' the earth wasround is another fallacy. He did so, not to PROVE it was round,but, KNOWING it was round, sailed west to try to find a short cutto India. In those days the Suez canal did not exist and so anypassage to India for trade in eastern goods, spices and so on, hadto be done by passing round the Cape of Good Hope - treacherouswaters for the small ships of that day. Therefore any short cutwould be safer and quicker, and provide better trade profits. However, Columbus did discover the West Indies in error thinking hehad arrived in India. He didn't discover 'America'. Many knew ofAmerica long before Columbus - including the 11th and 12th centuryVikings and, some say, even some Welsh explorers. Answer: People thought the Earth was flat because they could not imagine itbeing any other shape - if it was a sphere, supposedly they would"fall into space" if they were on the other side of the world. Answer: People thought that if they sailed over the horizon they might fallstraight down. Answer: Biblical Thought : If any searched the Scripture like the Bereans did, perhaps theywould have known the Earth was round like a circle: Isaiah 40:22 New International Version (NIV) . 22 He sits enthronedabove 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. .
If you mean the president of the United States it is difficult to imagine any of them believing it, as the last people to believe in a flat earth in the West lived about 2000 …years before Christ, i.e. long before there were any such presidents. . Paul Kruger, president of the Boer Republic during the Boer War was unshakable in his belief that the Earth was flat. Source at http://www.allenvarney.com/SAFRICA.html
No, that is a fable. The people of his time knew the world wasn't flat.
Nobody really ever thought the earth was flat. The blame for this misinformation ( Acording to Terry jones, a 'pythonist' and a medievalist) goes to an American writer called …Washington Irving. He is the apparant source of this 'lie'. No one wrote it as round. The Greeks knew it was round, Roger Bacon ( The European discover of the gunpowder recipe) wrote about it as a sphere in the 13th century. As early as the 4th century BC no one thought the earth was flat. With the exception of Christopher Colombus who thought it was pear shaped. Oh and for the record the earth is not round, it's an oblate spheroid.
No, he did not.
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No they believed it was a bowl shape. they thought the water would fall out.
No one believed the Earth was flat (beyond present day "Flat Earthers"). This is a myth that has been perpetrated in education because of a mistake made by an early 20th centu…ry text book author. Many people were aware that the Earth was a sphere by the 3rd century B.C. Both Claudius Ptolemy and Marinus of Tyre (early geographers) proved that the Earth is a sphere. Working from data compiled centuries before, their calculations, while still inaccurate, where a great improvement on earlier work. Christopher Columbus did not set out to prove that the world was round, but rather set out to find a faster trade route to Asia, discovering that the Earth was larger than anyone originally believed and discovering North America on behalf of European civilization. North America had been discovered by other populations before then, including the Vikings and of course the Jomon (ancestors of the Japanese), but Columbus' discovery was probably more relevant to modern civilization.
No. They thought it was a bowl shape
No one said it. This is another one of those myths about history. Man never really thought it was flat.
In World War 1
When people lost their loved ones in the War many were angry with God and turned away from him. Some people never really had a strong belief in God prior to the war and the wa…r weakened their willingness to believe. There was also a strong movement of atheism sweeping the country.
The Catholic Dynasty, because the Bible speaks of 4 Angels standing on the 4 corners of the earth (Revelation) hardly a picture of a round earth, would you say?. I should …say many, if not most of the early civilized people groups This belief is not as scurrilous as the one called "The Hollow Earth Theory." Why is that called a theory when captain Bird actually flew into the hollow earth, checked it out and returned describing the entire exiting event... having unfortunately not a camera with him at that time. Why did he not go back to record the reality of his discovery, you may ask? A: Because everyone laughed at him and he couldn't take the abuse, plus no one would give him a plane to retry such a stunt in case they lost both, a courageous pioneer and discoverer and the plane (which was considered far more valuable).
There are certainly some Muslims who believe this. However, theoverwhelming opinion among Muslims is that the world is spherical,just as science claims. ______________________…________________________________________ Muslims do believe that the earth is spherical as it is mentionedin Quran what proves that the earth is spherical even before it wasproved practically and scientifically that it is spherical. It isone of the scientific miracles of Quran that was revealed by Godfrom more than 14 centuries ago. [Except that the Qur'an waswritten in the 7th Century and people have known the world isspherical since at least 500 BCE] Quran says (meaning English translation): " He created the heavens and earth in truth. He wraps the nightover the day and wraps the day over the night and has subjected thesun and the moon, each running [its course] for a specified term.Unquestionably, He is the Exalted in Might, the PerpetualForgiver." (Ù39:5)
In Jesus Christ
No. He made it. Colossians 1:16 says, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or domini…ons, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" and also John 1:3 says, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." So, He was there and knows exactly what shape the earth is.
I don't think that there are many people who still seriously believe that nowadays! Those who do, in the face of all factual proof to the contrary, probably find the idea of a… round planet threatening for some reason, or cannot get their heads around the fact that in terms of physics, the smaller an entity is on a large circular surface, the flatter it will seem to them (a good analogy is that of a flea hopping across the surface of a hot-air balloon- the flea is so tiny in comparison to the size of the balloon, that it would not notice the curve in it's surface. And we are so very, very microscopic in comparison to the size of our planet). Other people may maintain the belief because they belong to arcane religions that dictate that the earth is flat.