Billy D. writes of The Flat Earth Myth:
Anyone who writes “Is your Earth still flat?” is trading on an anti-Christian myth promoted by late-nineteenth century Darwinists.
I’m not terribly interested in the historical arguments about when flat earth arguments originated. The Flat Earth Society, as amply documented by the Wikipedia and Talk Origins, originated in the work of Samuel Rowbotham: Zetetic Astronomy. Rowbotham dismissed Newton and Copernicus for their obsession with “theory,” and insisted on using only “facts.” Sounds a little like creationists already, doesn’t it?
Billy Dembski defends against charges that the flat-earthers are biblical literalists by noting that “The leading theological lights of that period [the beginnings of the Church] were Origen, Athanasius, the Cappadocian Fathers, and Augustine — none of these thought the earth was flat.”
What Billy doesn’t point out is that Augustine wasn’t a creationist, either, at least not in the way Dembski is. Augustine argues for a figurative understanding of Genesis, bounded in its interpretation by scientific knowledge.
In his work on The Literal Meaning of Genesis, Augustine writes that:
even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking non-sense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. … If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason? Reckless and incompetent expounders of holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by those who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books.
Modern attempts at explaining a literal 6 day creation by scientific means only go back to George Macready Price in the 19th century. The only difference between IDC and flat earthism is that IDolators have millions of dollars from Howard Ahmanson funding their PR wing.