==So what was the mechanism of change that swept over the Christian world concerning the proper interpretation of this scripture?
It began as a tale of compromise with the science of men. Surely you know that the Catholic church inherited the fixity of the earth from the pagan greeks? Ever heard of Aristotle? Ptolemy?
It was the Young Earth Creationists—Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton-who convinced the Christian world that the pagan greeks were wrong about the fixity of the Earth.
If a Greek also suggested the same thing it is OK to dismiss a literalist interpreting of a particular scripture?
Is that the criteria?