A green Earth occupies the center of the solar system and the sun (top) revolves around it in this Muggletonian map from 1846.
How an Obscure Religious Sect Mapped the Cosmos
The Muggletonians believed that Earth was the center of the universe—and made beautiful maps to prove it.
In 1651 a London tailor named John Reeve claimed to have received a message from God. "I have chosen thee my last messenger for a great work unto this bloody unbelieving world,” God said, according to Reeve. “And I have given thee Lodowicke Muggleton to be thy mouth.” Muggleton was Reeve’s cousin, and together they started a small Protestant sect that became known as the Muggletonians.
The Muggletonians were staunchly anti-science. One of the main principles of their faith, a later observer wrote, was that “There is no Devil but the unclean Reason of men.” The Muggletonian view of the universe was based on their reading of Scripture, and they insisted against all evidence to the contrary that the sun