Job 38:9

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When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it, (ASV)

Pro

This verse refers to God adorning the sea with the clouds as a garment and the darkness as a swaddling-band.

Since the style of the verse is poetic, we should not focus on these metaphors - but they still presuppose a flat earth perspective. If you look out over the sea, the clouds will look as if they are folding down like a garment, actually because the earth is spherical, and the "cloud-sphere" is as well, but light travels along straight lines giving the impression of a folding.

--FreezBee 08:30, 19 May 2006 (CDT)

Con

Edit this section if you doubt error.

A demonstration rather than the mere assertion that the metaphors in this particular context "require a flat earth perspective" would be quite desirable. Phenomenologically, according to Pro (above), the description is consonant with appearances. If this is the case, the narrative is phenomenologically true.

The only "error" in this text is failure to meet an artificial literalistic standard which cannot by any means be demonstrated intrinsic to or required by the literature itself. Charges of "scientific inaccuracy" of this type are at best "misplaced concretions" in the Whiteheadian sense, and at worst, crass and uncritical literalism. -sirhemlock@yahoo.com

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