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The Earth Still Revolves Around the Sun

If you wake up and see nothing but trees on all sides, you’ll think you woke up in the middle of the forest. If you wake up on a raft and see nothing but waves all around you, you’ll think you woke up in the middle of the ocean. If you wake up and see nothing but sand all around you, you’ll think you woke up in the middle of the desert. Until you have a better sense of where you are, all of these reactions are reasonable.

So if you evolve on a planet 93 million miles from a star on a long arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, it’s not unreasonable to assume you’re in the middle of the universe. Human beings have presumably done this for as long as they’ve asked themselves where they are, in the grand scheme of things. And until we had a better sense of where we were, that was a pretty reasonable thing to do.

Square and Stationary Earth

Although geocentrism has been discredited for centuries, some religious movements continue to defend it.

But now we know better, and—bizarre recent documentary aside—there is no reason for any sensible person to believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth. None. Even if you dismiss the work astronomers have done over the past several centuries, you can observe the movement of the Earth yourself with one simple experiment. And if you think a literalist interpretation of the Bible obligates you to put all that aside and believe in geocentrism anyway, young-earth creationist Danny Faulkner can put that worry to rest for you.

The Earth revolves around the Sun, not the other way around. It was true the first time your elementary school teacher said it, and it’s still true now.

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Tom Head is an author or coauthor of 29 nonfiction books, columnist, scriptwriter, research paralegal, occasional hellraiser, and proud Jackson native. His book Possessions and Exorcisms (Fact or Fiction?) covers the recent demand for exorcists over the past 30 years and demonic possession.
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