The Church believed the Bible described the Earth as a flat disk for centuries

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

I’m not so sure. At the time of the Aristotelian system, people believed in a spherical Earth, which was hundreds of years before the church came about.

In the fully developed Aristotelian system, the spherical Earth is at the center of the universe, and all other heavenly bodies are attached to 47–55 transparent, rotating spheres surrounding the Earth, all concentric with it. (The number is so high because several spheres are needed for each planet.) These spheres, known as crystalline spheres, all moved at different uniform speeds to create the revolution of bodies around the Earth.

By the time of the Ptolemaic system (around 150 AD), this view of cosmology was dominant, which was the time period of the early church.

Ptolemaic system, also called geocentric system or geocentric model, mathematical model of the universe formulated by the Alexandrian astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy about 150 CE and recorded by him in his Almagest and Planetary Hypotheses. The Ptolemaic system is a geocentric cosmology; that is, it starts by assuming that Earth is stationary and at the centre of the universe. The “natural” expectation for ancient societies was that the heavenly bodies (Sun, Moon, planets, and stars) must travel in uniform motion along the most “perfect” path possible, a circle. However, the paths of the Sun, Moon, and planets as observed from Earth are not circular. Ptolemy’s model explained this “imperfection” by postulating that the apparently irregular movements were a combination of several regular circular motions seen in perspective from a stationary Earth. The principles of this model were known to earlier Greek scientists, including the mathematician Hipparchus (c. 150 bce), but they culminated in an accurate predictive model with Ptolemy.