What is the Ferdinand Magellan’s views on the earth?
The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in the shadow than the church.”
Many people find it hard to understand how anyone could believe the earth is flat. To me it is obvious as to which side I am on concerning this topic due to my now atheist beliefs and how I am more likely to agree with science than any religion and even many modern-day Catholics have realised that it is impossible for the earth to be a flat-plane due to scientific proof, but flat earth believers (truthers), tend to disagree.
First of all, if the earth were flat, we would not see a crescent moon at night, ever! In the past, the shape of the earth was a mystery to its inhabitants like the ancient Greeks and in order to uncover this information they carried out several experiments. They discovered that during a lunar eclipse, the dark and menacing shadow that slowly lurks over the moon is in fact round and curved, “the consistent oval-shadow it produces in every lunar eclipse proves that the earth is not only round but spherical”. This is, of course, the earth’s shadow is projected onto the moon due to the sun and the moon aligning. Therefore, if the earth was flat, how would this shadow have the round, circular shape that we can clearly see in the sky during a lunar eclipse? It wouldn’t. It would probably be a straight line. But it is not.
Another argument in proving that the earth is round is the horizon line as it may at first glance look like a perfect ‘ruler-like’ line, but if you can see enough of it, it is curved. Also, if you think about objects interacting with the line, like ships, they do not suddenly come from nowhere as they have dropped out of the sky.