So let me start this by saying this one is very interesting. I have also not seen a conspiracy theory as hated by people who do not believe it. The very basic description of the flat earth theory is that the earth is flat. Doing research on this theory, their website is one of the most organized and easy to understand. I am very impressed with the way that they made it easy to find and read. Their mission is as follows "The mission of the Flat Earth Society is to promote and initiate discussion of Flat Earth theory as well as archive Flat Earth literature. Our forums act as a venue to encourage free-thinking and debate."
Many of the flat earth theorists point to Dr. Sameul Birley Rowbotham who was an inventor and writer born in 1816. He wrote a 16-page pamphlet called "Earth Not A Globe" in 1881.
There is one main theory that I can find, other than math, that people who believe in the flat earth use to prove the earth is flat. It is called the vanishing point. It states that when a ship sails off into the horizon it starts "sinking" however when you get a telescope you are then able to see the ship fully. The FEW claims that this is because there is no curve of the earth therefore you continue to see the entire boat. There are a lot of math equations that the FEW claims to prove the earth is flat. But I will be honest I have no clue what any of it means so if you want to see it here it is.
Biblical references also have a lot to do with the flat earth theory as well. There are a few bible verses people point to flat earth such as Genisis 1:7 "And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so." The original Hebrew text had the word raqai. This word means dome. During the time the bible was written it was a common belief by the ancient Israelites that the earth was flat and over it was a dome and above the dome contained waters of the heavens and above that was heaven and beneath the flat earth was hell. Some people say that it is misinterpreted and the raqai or firmament is actually the atmosphere. The problem with this is that there are multiple other verses in the bible that alludes to the fact the firmament is solid. Job 37:18 says "can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?" Genisis 1:20 says "And God said, 'Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.'" Plus the definition of raqai is an extended solid surface.
Another bible verse used as proof of the flat earth theory is Isaiah 11:12 it says "He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth." This is not the only bible verse that talks about the "corners" of the earth there is also Revelation 7:1 "After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree." Daniel 4:11 "The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth." Revelation 20:8 "And will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea." Ezekiel 7:2 "And you, O son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land." Job 37:3 "Under the whole heaven he lets it go, and his lightning to the corners of the earth." Mark 13:27 "And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven." Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you." Acts 10:11 "And saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth." Isaiah 41:5 "The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come." These are only a few verses that are used to prove the earth is flat and not round.
So what is the actual theory?
The theory states that the earth is a flat disk or plane and on the edge surrounding it is something known as the ice wall. Then above this in a dome-shaped atmosphere. This also ties into the theory that the reason Antarctica is off-limits for flying a plane is that people will see that it is literally the end of the earth.
So the biggest question of all is why lie?
I have found a few explanations online for why the government and NASA are supposedly lying about the earth being flat. The two biggest were NASA was trying to disprove the Abrahamic God or they lied about going to space. Some flat earth theorists believe that claiming the earth is round is a way for the government to disprove the bible verses that they believe allude to the earth being flat. The other theory that NASA has never been to space is interesting. I can see how to the U.S. would want other countries to believe they had been to space even if they never had. Moon landing *ahem* But that is another article for another day.
What do you think?
Do you think that the earth is flat? Do you think that it is possible that the government is lying about much more that goes on in the universe? It is a very interesting theory to read about. If you believe in the flat earth and think that I got something wrong, I would love to hear from you!