If one is in the center of a three dimensional sphere, does one know that there is a sphere? Existance would seem flat whereever he looked; looking at a side of the sphere would look like a large flat expanse.
If stars are holes in this unmoving firmament, how can a hole of a plane detach itself and still be a hole? a hole is nothing without the area around it, the lack or area inside of it, that makes it a hole. therefore for stars to be falling, holes would have to move away from the firmament, dragging along the firmament around them to maintain their status as holes before hitting the ground.
Scientifically and logically, this train of thought makes is rediculous, and its hard to believe that god would not be a little more clear and tell the actual science behind "the sky is falling!"
quote: "Further, 'star' is just the English word chosed to represent the word originally used in the source language."
True. The original term likely meant either "little speck of light stuck on the inside of the firmament" or possibly "pinhole in the firmament." And you need not think for a moment that anyone in 90AD knew about asterois.
Where "star" is the direct object of the quote clause, Coragyps responds with the "pinhole in the firmament" clause. To which you responded with:
quote:...that is probably correct.
So it was interpereted as a light stuck on the inside of the firmament, not a hole? It was a little confusing when you answered positively to two seperate options.