Before any more armchair theologians pummel my article on Biblical Pi, allow me to elucidate on the reasons why I tackled it this way:
First off, there is a controversy. The most compelling argument against the idea that the Bible says Pi = 3.0 probably resides in examining the Torah and the original Hebrew version. This line takes one to a fairly impressive value of Pi,
The most compelling argument for the idea that Pi = 3 lies in taking the ratio of the circumference against the diameter as it’s stated in the Bible, which is 30:10 i.e. 3. Any other values of Pi would, under this line of thought, either be interpretations (thereby denying the validity of Biblical inerrancy) or gross assumptions that eventually result in another approximation. The key point of this argument is that the value of Pi is never stated as infinite or irrational in the Bible, which would have been pretty compelling evidence for a supernatural being (since the mathematicians of the time were not familiar with infinites like we are today).
The point of the article was to point out that Biblical inerrancy is a crock of horse shit, mildly put. Thank you for your time, the reactions were certainly very interesting (those which didn’t descend into petty name calling). Some people got it: this comment on Reddit was particularly succinct:
“Personally, I think it highlights the deeper issue: the fundamentalists who say the Bible doesn’t support evolution would be just as wrong to say that the Bible says pi is exactly 3.”