Flat Earth Induction

As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

(2 Peter 3:16) KJV

There’s a side effect to the creation of gravity that’s going to upset some people: if the Earth formed around a gravitational singularity then it’s spherical. It’s impossible for the Earth to be flat.

Flat earthers are convinced that the Bible describes a flat Earth. Supposedly there are 60 or so verses in the Bible which substantiate this notion. The problem is that none of the verses that they cite actually say that the Earth is flat.


Therefore, flat earth isn’t a conclusion which may be deduced, it’s a rationalization which has to be induced. Induction is when the meaning has been chosen and words are manipulated to fit the meaning. The circle of the earth, for instance. Flat earthers say that because the word circle is used, and a circle is a flat two-dimensional form, that the Earth is flat. This requires ignoring all empirical observations of the spherical Earth.

Inductive reasoning (as opposed to deductive reasoning or abductive reasoning) is reasoning in which the premises are viewed as supplying strong evidence for the truth of the conclusion. While the conclusion of a deductive argument is certain, the truth of the conclusion of an inductive argument is probable, based upon the evidence given.

– Inductive Reasoning, definition (Wikipedia)

Apparently, the occurrence of the word circle in the Bible means that you can ignore common sense and reason. FYI: the Holy Spirit doesn’t work that way, He isn’t going to lead you to believe something which is obviously false. What happened is called induction. In theology it’s called eisegesis.

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