June 15, 2014
I like looking at the dates of the hymns we sing. It fascinates (and touches) me that hymns from the 600’s, then the Middle Ages, and up through today all voice such a firm belief in God, and indicate such deep faith on the part of the writers.
Well, the other day I noticed that a hymn written by John of Damascus (675-749 A.D.) mentions “the round earth.” So how come he knew that the earth was round and so many other people in later centuries didn’t?
I wonder if there are any more hints about forgotten ancient knowledge sitting unnoticed in hymns?
(By the way, Isaiah also mentions “the circle of the earth.” It seems like the writers of the Bible may have had a lot more going on, science-wise, than they're given credit for.)