When he first heard about the idea of the flat earth, Robbie Davidson thought the idea that the world was not a ball was crazy.
"I thought the idea of the flat earth was ridiculous," said Robbie Davidson, Kennedy, a thin, bearded Kennedy with a loose tail and a loose suit as he sat in the lobby of a hotel in Denver.
But no more. The hotel hosts the second annual conference of "Earth" – an event that Davidson himself established and organized.
"I heard it for the first time in the Bible and I thought it could not be true," he recalls, speaking with rapid excitement. "I mean, I believed everything else, that the earth was created in six literal days, but what about all the other things [about a flat Earth]? To be consistent as a verbal, I can not choose and choose. "
David's conversion to faith in flat ground was a few years ago, but at that time he and dozens of others around the world – including some celebrities – shared the idea that the earth was shaped like pancakes.
The theories diverge from there, with changing ideas about who disseminates misinformation about the shape of the Earth and why, but there are several situations from one: NASA, Freemasonry, landing "fake" Moon, Globalists, and Alon Musk.
But perhaps the most common thread is the Bible, and the conviction of its basic truth.This makes Evangelical Christians one of the greatest and most enthusiastic groups who embrace this theory, but they also report at least one that causes tremendous controversy in their community.
However, in the corridors of the conference – where 650 people from all over the world paid up to $ 350 to attend lectures on their horizontal idea on the planet – it is not uncommon to see people praying on each other, discussing apocalyptic theories about "end times" Which describe the earth in a non-spherical way.
"I have found over 200 scriptures that confirm the idea that we live on a stationary, flat earth," said Nathan Roberts, one of the many "cosmological evangelicals" who spoke at the event.
He is a young and beautiful entrepreneur, traveling in Israel with his wife and children, talking about Jesus and selling books on creationism – the perfect model of American evangelism. Yet most evangelicals, like most scientists, loathe the work he does on the flat earth.
"The biggest persecution I've had with them came from within the church," Roberts said.
At a time when evangelicals are to some extent grappling with public relations responses to the LGBT public relations response, prosperity theory and sweeping support for the Trump 2016 campaign, observers say it makes sense that they would fake any association with the flat movement of the earth.
Over the past century, evangelicals have had a love-hate relationship with fundamentalist Christians, an evangelical subculture that sees in the Bible a historical, scientific-scientific description of world events.
The mainstream evangelicals tend to employ the so-called "sensitivity-to-critics" tactics of neutral politics, live rock music and charming, beautiful chefs, attracting celebrities like Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian.Although fundamentalist Christians are generally less Frills and other idealism, often leads to homeschooling, lifestyle and survival, and focus on the Book of Revelation.
Flat brothers (or "biblical archaeologists," as they see themselves at this conference) are a new subculture of fundamentalist American Christianity, the marriage of anti-government conspiracy theories (NASA's space program is a complete lie) Earth is flat, the center of the universe, with heaven above heaven and hell underground).
Traffic claims some celebrities. In 2007, the "representations" of the VIV and Evangelical Christian Shepherd Shepherd caused a collective exhalation in the early world of social media, when she publicly asked whether the earth was flat. Former Diva MTV Teila Tequila, rapper B.O.B., and Boston Celtics Curie Irving have all publicly identified as Flat Arthers.
At Thursday's conference, Davidson was dizzy to announce the unexpected appearance of YouTube personality Logan Paul (whose channel has more than 18 million subscribers). Paul made a short performance on the stage, where he announced that he was "coming out of the flat earth closet" to thunderous applause from the crowd.
Their increase in relevance is mainly due to endless social media and curiosity. The Washington Post, for example, published six separate articles on an amateur missile that tried to kiss the sky and record a video that the world was flat.
But for the most part, flat ureters are one of the most derisive secondary cultures of our time.
They inspired the wrath of Neil Degrassa Tyson, a modern family and evangelical scholar whose work excelled as proof of their theory.
"They took my writing on ancient Israeli cosmology, interpreted it literally, and used it to raise this earthly idea," said Michael Heiser, a biblical researcher at the University of Liberty and Host, who expressed his frustration with the misinterpretation of his work on By flat rams.
Like most debates between scholars and fundamentalists, his pace with the Flat Artars comes up to whether the Bible should be seen as an allegorical or literal text.
"In the beginning you have a round but flat ball, with a solid dome on it," says Heiser. "In my Proverbs, there are references to the days that are held in a place where light meets darkness, which is the horizon, where the dome covers and seals the earth … You have water under the earth, .
"All this is a standard vocabulary for how people of time and place see the world, they did not know about Antarctica or New Zealand, the Bible is an ancient document focused on the Mediterranean, written by people who describe their world through their experiences. The mountains are depicted as holding the dome of the sky in place, but there was no Ray shop nearby where they could buy hill climbing and scale these peaks to see what was going on.
Hayeser is a Christian himself, though prefers to see the Bible in its historical context.
Many people at the conference, including Davidson, say they have been kicked out of churches, or lost jobs with churches, or have suffered broken ties with family members that are out to the public with their beliefs on a flat planet.
They see the Denver Conference as a rare opportunity to share physical space with other believers.
"It's very cataract to be around others [flat Earthers]"It's so important that we've isolated the abuse, and now we can breathe, relate and connect with like-minded people … I would say only 20% of the flat brothers are actually out of the closet on it. What you see now is only the first wave. There's a bigger wave, and it's going to catch the world. "