Monday, June 16, 2014

Where Did All The Knowledge Go?

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.)


Charity Di Liberti said...

Perhaps they had no connection to SG-1 and a stargate. :-)

Peg said...

Or maybe they knew that enforced ignorance was going to be the order of the day for the next few centuries, and used the Stargate to leave for greener pastures.