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THE FLAT-EARTH / ROUND EARTH CONTROVERSY

  Is the earth flat like a pancake or spherical like a globe? From ancient times each concept has had its supporters. The Sumerians, Babylonians, ancient Egyptians, early Hebrews, and most Greeks believed in a flat earth. Some ancient Greek scientists, as well as many Church Fathers ¾ for example, Origen, the Venerable Bede, Albertus Magus, and St. Thomas-Aquinas ¾ supported the round earth. In late medieval and early modern times, Roger Bacon,...

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