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Because of Ptolemy. This was a case of both secular and religious authorities forcing a theory (which was proven wrong in the ancient world) to be the received wisdom, due to a reluctance to accept new theories. It is taught to scientists nowadays as a warning, to always be on the watch that they do not grow so comfortable with a theory that they will struggle to defend it, even against overwhelming evidence to the contrary..

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It wasn't just religious people who believed that. Many people did.

They probably thought that it was logical that it would be the centre as the sun, the planets and the stars all seem to revolve around the earth.

Also, as humanity was the pinnacle of creation, it would be only right and proper that we be at the centre of it. They believed that the Earth was at the center and also that it was flat. This belief came about because they assumed all these things from their imagination. They also assumed that the magma at the Earth's core was a place of punishment called hell and the Gods lived in the clouds and at the top of very high mountains. The different peoples of the world created their God in their personal image and likeness. They created a God that authenticated their various rites and rituals. Religion was developed mainly around social cultures and traditions. It was mainly a way to influence social behaviors through the use of moral suasion. They created a God that would bring psychological comfort in times of hardship. They created a God that would protect them from natural disasters, disease and extinction.

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I believe you mean, "Do religious people believe the earth is the center of the universe?"

The answer to that is, no. Not for hundreds of years. You have to go back to the time before Newton and Galileo.

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It wasn't so much that "the church" believed it - but that at one time most people (including scientists, educators and other "thinkers") accepted the geocentric (earth-at-the-center) view of the solar system. Aristotle even argued against the heliocentric.

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Because they interpreted it from the Bible

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