Taken from” The Earth” publication.
Hatfield Cottage, Gwendoline Road, Leicester, England.
Sept. 3rd, 1903
Dear Brother Aldridge,
I have to thank you for you letter, received on Sunday last, August 30th.
I do not deny that you have in the south a centre around which the southern stars revolve. If some Zetetic deny this is is because they have not yet seen the evidence for it. But as you know that the southern constellations revolve around a so-called “pole,” so we know that water everywhere is level, and the earth (or land, see Gen. I. 10) therefore a plane. If the earth were a globe, according to popular belief, the surface of all canals, rivers, and seas, would be convex.
It is as inconsistent of the globularist to deny that water is level as it would be of me to deny your evidence about the southern stars. Both are evidently facts, and no fact should be contradicted. The fact that water is level is utterly inconsistent with globular theory, but the motions of the heavenly bodies have, speaking generally, nothing to do with the shape of the surface of the earth. But you and I are both Christians, and we ought alike to respect the Word of the Creator. No part of the Bible can be more undoubtedly the Word of God than the Ten Commandments which God spake on Mount Sinai. In the Second Commandment “God said” that:
Heaven is “above,”
The earth “beneath,”
And the water “under the earth.”
Can you reconcile this with the whirling globe theory? Where is heaven on such a hypothesis? Shall we as Christians accept the teaching of God’s Word respecting his own Creation, or shall we accept the “hypothesis” of “science” falsely so-called?
We Zetetics hold to the plane-earth doctrine because it throws so much light on Scripture statements, and strengthens our faith generally in God’s Word: but I have publicly debated the question here on the basis of “science” along, and I have never yet met a man who could give me one irrefutable proof of the earth’s globularity, or its supposed awful motions. We know that all infidels stand on the side of the astronomers, because modern theoretical astronomy subverts Bible teaching. Where, then, should all Christians be found? Let us stand together on the side of God’s Word. You in the south could help us in the north; and we in the north may be able to help you in the south.
You say, “the sun moves apparently from east to west.” Why not believe the evidence of your senses, that is, that the sun does move? The Bible says the sun moves; and the same good book says that the earth is established so that “it cannot be moved.” Can you give me a proof that the earth moves as astronomers affirm? I would like to see such a proof.
There maybe, and I think there are, some difficulties still remaining on the Zetetic side; but one thing is certain, our teaching does not tend to subvert faith in the divine inspiration of the Bible.
I shall be glad to see your further photos. Please mark which way the stars revolve – your camera being of course pointed to the south.
With kindest regards, believe me, yours faithfully,