Snow dome myth

As I’ve argued, the claim people in the Middle ages believed in a flat earth is entirely fictional. It served as a convenient attack against the “ignorant” people of the past, in particular the Medieval church.

Diogenes wrote: Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:50 am ‘The Church’ believed the Bible described the Earth as a flat disk for Centuries

As I’ve demonstarted, this charge is a myth and has been debunked, even by Wikipedia.

I believe the similar charge that Genesis claims the universe is actually shaped like a snow dome is in the same camp. Like the modern myth of the flat earth, it has persisted because people has kept repeating it without taking the effort to looking into history and the primary sources.

When looking at the text, I believe the two main arguments of the snow dome accusation is the word “firmament” and the claim the Bible says the earth is flat. I argued that translating raqia into firmament is a mistranslation. For flat earth, I asked:

otseng wrote: Sun Jul 24, 2022 7:12 pm

The Nice Centurion wrote: Sat Jul 23, 2022 11:10 pm How would a bible verse have to be written, to be sufficient for you to concede it “claims” a flat earth?

In the book of Genesis, please present all the verses that claims the earth is flat and we can debate those verses.

I have not found any verse in Genesis, or even in the entire Bible, that explicitly claims the earth is flat. There exist verses that some can interpret for it to mean the earth is flat, but this would require reading verses hyperliterally. Instead of interpreting these passages as making claims of what is reality, these passages should be interpreted non-literally. They could be poetic, metaphorical, or using phenomenological language.

Based on all these arguments, it’s time to also retire the myth Genesis claims the universe to be like a snow dome.