An atheist’s blog entitled Gospel of Reason has an interesting entry asserting that God has declared that Pi=3 and that, as we all know, this would be inaccurate since Pi=3.14159……
Here’s the Gospel of Reason author’s basis for this assertion, a quotation from I Kings 7:23-26
He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it. Below the rim, gourds encircled it – ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea. The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. It was a handbreadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths. (NIV)
On the basis of this bit of Scripture (which the atheist blogger understands to have been written by God, I guess), he begins his arguments as follows:
The Bible is the word of God, yes? Anyone who claims otherwise is a heretic bastard.
Well look at this grave, grave offense to your beliefs.
Pi. π. .
The value for pi used in calculators is 3.141592654. But if we look at the word of God, it states that the ratio of the circumference to the diameter is 30:10 cubits. In other words:
Also known as 3.00 or 3.0. But here we have these self important mathematicians who believe they can improve on the word of God! What an effrontery. Biblical literalists, you are faced, as when with evolution, with an important dilemma if you wish to continue your peace of mind.
You can either accept that the word of God is fallible and men have improved upon it, therefore casting into doubt your claims of Creation.
Or you could hold steadfast to your God-given beliefs. Stand by in the face of scientific persecution and shout loud to the heavens that PI, goddammit, is equal to 3.0 because God said so.
(Read the rest of his post and his blog here.)
I think the blogger’s post (and his whole blog) is funny and entertaining.
What I find unfortunate about the same is the extent to which the so-called “freethinker” can be as hide-bound and dogmatic as the so-called “fundamentalist”. If one is going to free-in-thought, one should be free, not tied down to a dogmatic position.
I love atheists and I love fundamentalists. They are so much fun!