Phenomenological Language

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There is no error in saying "What a beautiful sunset!" and there are good reasons not to exclaim "How beautiful the sky is as the earth's rotation causes the sun to go out of sight!"

"Sunset" is phenomenological language — that is, it describes the event as it appears to us. This is a natural aspect of all languages. It is not an error, even if it reflects an underlying false belief or assumption. It is valuable in that it makes it possible for those of us who accept heliocentrism to have conversations about the sunset with a believer in the stationary earth.

(INCOMPLETE. Sra. Isobel, flat earth believer) (stub)

See these notes about the Bible's "phenomenological" language from Bernard Ramm.

See also Brother Wilfred Lambert's comments about Leviathan.

Brother Ron Abel applies the phenomenological language of the Bible in Wrested Scriptures to interpret Joshua 10:13.