Is There An Edge Of The World According To The Flat Earth Theory?


Is There An Edge Of The World According To The Flat Earth Theory?

If you have come across the flat earth theory site on virtual spaces and considered it to be a satirical website, then you are wrong.

Recently, Turkish politicians have come up with impressive views about the history of science. First, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Muslims discovered the Americas in the 12th century. Then Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Isik revealed that Muslim scientists led by Al-Khwarizmi found that the world was round at a time when Europe had its darkest ages.

Or were they so dark after all?

Flat Earth Theory Beliefs

Is There An Edge Of The World According To The Flat Earth Theory?
Is There An Edge Of The World According To The Flat Earth Theory?

Many people still believe that intellectual darkness prevailed in Europe during the Medieval Period (i.e., from roughly AD 500 to AD 1500). They assume that even the few scholars who existed at the time thought the earth was flat.

However, it would be challenging to find any reputable medieval source that could corroborate this view. Most scholars who wrote on the shape of the earth said that our planet was round.

One of the earliest writers to do so was the English monk known as Saint Bede or the Venerable Bede (673-735). In his book De temporum ratione (On the Reckoning of Time), he explicitly stated that the earth was round.

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was probably the greatest theologian of the Middle Ages. In his Summa Theologica, he described the earth as being round like a ball. He pointed out that the shape isn’t like a shield, that is to say, he rejected the flat earth theory.

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In addition to books, we can also see evidence for spherical earth in the symbols that the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire used. A coin minted during the reign of Emperor Theodosius II (who ruled from AD 408 to AD 450) already shows the Globus Cruciger, which is Latin for “cross-bearing orb.” The cross symbolizes the victory of Christ on the cross, and the orb beneath depicts the shape of the earth and it isn’t in accordance with the flat earth theory.

The Globus Cruciger became a symbol of imperial power. For instance, a 7th-century coin depicts Emperor Leontius holding this object.

A medieval painting shows Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (1017-1056), being presented with this symbolic sphere. And, a 13th-century picture shows Emperor Fredrick I Barbarossa holding the Globus Cruciger in his hand. It looks very round.

For many centuries, the Globus Cruciger was used as a symbol in the crown jewels of several European monarchies.

It thus seems that there is no historically sound basis for the belief that people in the Medieval Period thought that the earth was flat like a pancake and thus came the Flat earth theory.

But the Jews already knew that the earth was round in the 7th century B.C. The prophet Isaiah wrote: “He [God] sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers” (Isaiah 40:22, NIV).

Bottom Line

Is There An Edge Of The World According To The Flat Earth Theory?
Is There An Edge Of The World According To The Flat Earth Theory?

Religion created a massive distortion in the understanding of the spiritual world. It is not surprising that thoughtful people are rejecting it more and more. Nevertheless, the mistake often made is in switching from the religious belief to other extreme and deny all the inner senses.

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