Why does flat Earth belief still exist?

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pinball1970
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In the Quran, the light from the sun and the light from the moon are described using different words, where the sun’s light is described as “brightness in itself” and the moon’s is “brightness through another.”
Which verse?
 
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That's not the one I have but probably best not try and get into that here.
The point is that the sun’s light and the moon’s light are described using different words (diya’ vs nur).
 
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The point is that the sun’s light and the moon’s light are described using different words (diya’ vs nur).
The moon is not as bright has phases and has visible features so the writers may have tried to encorporate that. I don't read Arabic so I don't know what the direct translation would be.

Are there any other flat earth refs in other ancient literature? Norse?
 
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The Ancient Greeks knew the Moon was illuminated by the Sun already. They tried to estimate the distance to the Sun that way (although it was too far away for a good estimate).
The bright side of the Moon's phase always points towards the Sun and lunar eclipses have the shadow of Earth. It doesn't take much thought to figure that out.
 

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