When he first heard of the thought of a flat earth, Robbie Davidson thought that the idea that the world…
When he first heard of the thought of a flat earth, Robbie Davidson thought that the idea that the world was not a sphere was crazy.
“I thought a flat land was ridiculous,” said Robbie Davidson, a slim Canadian sporting ginger goatee and loose fit while sitting in the lobby of a Denver hotel.
But not more. The hotel hosts the second annual Flat Earth International Conference ̵
1; an event that Davidson himself founded and organized.
“I had first heard it in the Bible and thought” this can not be true, “he recalls and spoke with fast excitement.” I mean I believed everything else that the earth was created in six literal days, but how is that with all other things [about a flat Earth]? In order to be consistent as a Bible literary, I can not choose and choose. “
David’s transformation into believing a flat earth was only a few years ago, but that time he and many other world-including some celebrities-subscribed to the idea that the earth is shaped like a pancake. 19659002] Theories divide with different ideas about who spreads wrong information about the Earth’s form and why, but there are a number of fusing stones: Nasa, Freemason, “Faked” Moon Landing, Globalists, Elon Musk.
But perhaps the most common The thread is the Bible and the conviction of its basic truth. It makes evangelical Christians one of the largest and most enthusiastic groups embracing the theory, but they are also one of the least reported and one that causes huge controversies in their own society.
But the walks to the conference halls – every 650 people from around the world paid up to $ 350 to attend lectures about their horizontal planning of the world – it is not uncommon to see people bend each other, apocalyptic theories discuss “end times” or change Bible verses describing the earth in a non-spherical way.
“It’s very catartic to be around other flat Earthers” at the Flat Earth International Conference in Denver, Colorado, November 2018. Photography: Josiah Hesse for Guardian
“I have found over 200 writings that confirm the idea that we live on a stationary flat ground,” says Nathan Roberts, one of many “cosmological evangelists” who speaks at the event.
He is a handsome young entrepreneur, travels the country with his wife and children, talks of Jesus and sells books about creationism – the perfect model of an American evangelical. But most evangelists, like most researchers, deny the work he is doing on a flat ground.
“The most persecution I have encountered has been from the church,” said Roberts.
At a time when evangelicals face a part of a PR crisis in the light of their LGBT stance, prosperity and overwhelming support from the Trump 2016 campaign, observers say it is sensible to brush on all associations with the flat earth .
In the last century, gospels have had a love-hated relationship with fundamentalist Christians, which is an evangelical subculture that sees the Bible as a historical, scientific factual story of world events.
Main gospels tend to employ what is called “seeking sensitive” tactics for neutral politics, live rock music and charming hip patches, attracting celebrities like Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian. The fundamentalist Christians are usually less frills and more idealism, which often leads to homeschooling, survivalist lifestyles and focus on the Book of Revelation.
Flat Earthers (or “Biblical Earthers”, as some differ from this conference) is a new subculture of American fundamentalist Christianity. It is a marriage with anti-state conspiracy theories (NASA’s space program is a complete lie) with biblical literalism (the earth is the plate, the middle of the universe, with the sky above the sky and the hell underground).
The move claims some celebrities. In 2007, The View-co-host and evangelical Christian Sherri Shepherd caused a collective gasping in social media when she publicly questioned whether the earth was flat. Previously MTV diva Tila Tequila, BoB rapper and Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving have all been publicly identified as flaters.
At the Thursday conference, Davidson was mad to announce the unexpected appearance of the YouTube personality Logan Paul (whose channel has more than 18 million subscribers). Paul made a short appearance on the stage, announcing that he “came out of the flat earthquake” into an apparent applause from the crowd.
A rocket design to prove a horizontal hypothesis at the Flat Earth conference in Denver, Colorado, November 2018. Photography: Josiah Hesse for the Guardian
Their significance is mainly due to social media and an infinitely curious media. For example, Washington Post has run six separate articles about an amateur raid trying to kiss the sky and video recording that the world is flat.
But for the most part, flat farmers are one of the most subtle subcultures of our time.
They have inspired Irish Neil deGrasse Tyson, modern family and an evangelical researcher whose work they have cited as evidence of their theory.
“They have taken my writing about ancient Israeli cosmology, interpreted it in this uber-literal way and used it to set this flat earth idea,” said Michael Heiser, a biblical scientist from Liberty University, and hosted for The Naked Bible Podcast, which has expressed its frustration with the misinterpretation of his work with Flat Earthers.
Like most debates between academics and fundamentalists, his grip on flat-bodied people depends on whether the Bible is to be seen as an allegory or literal text.
“In Genesis, you have a land that is calm but flat, with a fixed dome over it,” says Heiser. “In Proverbs, there are references to the garden held in place where the light meets the darkness, which is the horizon where the dome covers and seals the earth. You have references that the earth is on a foundation known as the pillar of the earth. You have water underground, which is the kingdom of the dead.
“All of this is the standard wording for how people at this time and place looked at the world. They did not know about Antarctica or New Zealand. The Bible is an old Mediterranean-centered document written by people who describe their world through their experiences. The mountains are described as holding the dome’s dome in place, but there were no REI stores nearby where they could buy rock climbing and scale these peaks to see what’s happening. “
The elevator is a Christian himself, albeit one who prefers to see the Bible in its historical context.
Many people at the conference, including Davidson, say they have been kicked out of churches or lost jobs with churches, or suffered broken relationships with family members because they have gone public with their belief in flat ground.
They see the Denver conference as a rare opportunity to share a physical space with confidence.
“It’s very catartic to be around others [flat Earthers]”says Davidson.” It’s so important, because we’ve been isolated and abused, and now we can breathe, relate and connect to like-minded people … I would say that only 20% of the flat lands really are out out of the closet about this. What you see now is just the first wave. There is a bigger wave coming and will make the world watch. “