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Creationists mock flat earthers by insisting no one ‘really believes the Bible’s completely literal’

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Some creationists are mocking flat earthers for taking the Bible too literally.

The Friendly Atheist blog flagged a video produced by Answers in Genesis featuring scientists Georgia Purdom and Danny Faulkner, who laughed out loud at theories floated by people who believe the world is actually flat.

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“Some people, they accuse us of believing everything in the Bible is literal,” said Faulkner, an astronomer. “Well, we don’t believe everything in the Bible is literal. There are many idioms, there are figures of speech. There (is) also imagery, particularly in the poetic and the prophetic passages.

“For instance, Jesus said, ‘I am the door,'” Faulkner said. “Well, did he have hinges? Did he have a latch on it? Did he have a handle? Of course not. We understand that it’s not a literal door. So nobody really believes that the Bible’s completely literal.”

Purdom, a molecular geneticist, agreed the Bible should be read as written and not taken literally.

“I don’t know anyone that does that,” she said.

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Faulkner blamed atheists for inspiring the flat earth movement, whose adherents denigrate the majority as “globe heads.”

“I want to point out that these arguments that people put forth today for the flat earth, supposedly from the Bible, don’t come, historically, positions of the church,” Faulkner said. “The church never argued these points from scripture. This all arose in the 19th century. Surprisingly enough, these arguments that Flat Earthers are using, supposedly from the Bible to support Flat Earth, are ones that were put forth from the skeptics and the atheists in the 19th century, trying to bring disrepute upon the scripture, showing it’s not authoritative.”

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Updated workplace guidelines for "Googlers" called on them to be responsible, helpful, and thoughtful during exchanges on internal message boards or other conversation forums.

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