Geocentrism

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In many places the Bible has the Earth as stable, with the Sun moving across the sky during the day. This "geocentrism" is an example of the Bible's "Phenomenological Language" – that is, describing things as they appear to everyday people. People who fail to understand this aspect of the Bible can persuaded themselves of a variety of literalist errors, sometimes with tragic consequences. In this case the consequences extended to persecution of people who accepted the non-Biblical idea of Heliocentrism and adjusted their understanding of Scripture accordingly.

See these extracts from The Christian View of Science and Scripture by Bernard Ramm.

Bruce (talk)

The Foundations of the Earth

The Bible does not merely state plainly that the Earth has foundations, it says why: it is "so that it should never be moved". See discussion at these passages:


Galileo

Is Galileo's story helpful in understanding the "conflict" often believed to exist between science and religion? See Qms:The "conflict thesis" for an extract from an essay by historian David B. Wilson, with a link to the full essay.


A chain of Bible references relevant to Geocentrism and Heliocentrism begins here →