The Earth Turns, but the Sun Also Rises

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Great D.A. Carson quote:

When I was a boy of about nine or ten, my father called me over to listen to him reading an editorial or a letter to the editor (I cannot remember which) in The Montreal Star, one of the leading papers in eastern Canada at the time. The writer was inveighing against all those stupid Christians who believe the Bible is the Word of God, when it speaks so ignorantly of the sun "rising" in the east: any schoolboy knows that the sun does not rise, but that the earth rotates on its axis. My father asked me what I thought of the argument. I looked at him rather nonplused. He grinned, and calmly turned to the front page of the paper, and drew my attention to the line, "Sunrise: 6:36 am."

[The formatting and spelling may be affected by the process of scanning the article, as is often the case at this site, so I wouldn't assume he really misspelled 'nonplussed' or that he didn't italicize the name of the newspaper.]

The book review this comes from starts here. It's very long. The particular location of this quote is on this page.

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Here's a relevant quotation from an unpublished paper (on knowledge, possibility & skepticism) by my dissertation advisor, Rogers Albritton:
"After all, the sun *does* rise and set, since we continue to say so even now that we know (as we suppose) the astronomical facts of the matter. The meaning of what we say conforms
itself to what we know. How could it not?"

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