Skip to comments.Happy birthday, Earth - Creation occurred 6,010 years
Posted on 10/24/2006 1:33:25 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
How old is the world?
Most people would say: "Nobody knows."
But the author of the book frequently described as the greatest history book ever written, said the world was created Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. making it 6,010 yesterday.
In the 1650s, an Anglican bishop named James Ussher published his "Annals of the World," subtitled, "The Origin of Time, and Continued to the Beginning of the Emperor Vespasian's Reign and the Total Destruction and Abolition of the Temple and Commonwealth of the Jews." First published in Latin, it consisted of more than 1,600 pages.
The book, now published in English for the first time, is a favorite of homeschoolers and those who take ancient history seriously. It's the history of the world from the Garden of Eden to the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.
Of course, there will be those who disagree with Ussher's calculations of time especially evolutionists who need billions of years to explain their theory of how life sprang from non-life and mutated from one-celled animals into human beings.
Ussher's arrival at the date of Oct. 23 was determined based on the fact that most peoples of antiquity, especially the Jews, started their calendar at harvest time. Ussher concluded there must be good reason for this, so he chose the first Sunday following autumnal equinox.
Although the autumnal equinox is Sept. 21 today, that is only because of historical calendar-juggling to make the years come out right.
If you think this is a startling fact an actual date for Creation you haven't seen anything until you've pored through the rest of Ussher's "Annals of the World." It's a classic history book for those who believe in the Bible and a compelling challenge for those who don't.
The new edition of "Annals" is one of the most significant publishing events of the 21st century.
In this masterful and legendary volume, commissioned by Master Books to be updated from the 17th-century original Latin manuscript to modern English and made available to the general public, is the fascinating history of the ancient world from the Genesis creation through the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.
Ussher traveled throughout Europe, gathering much information from the actual historical documents. Many of these documents are no longer available, having been destroyed since the time of his research.
Integrating biblical history (around 15 percent of the text is from the Bible) with secular sources, Ussher wrote this masterpiece. Considered not only a literary classic, but also an accurate reference, "The Annals of the World" was so highly regarded for its preciseness that the timeline from it was included in the margins of many King James Version Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
"The Annals of the World" is a necessary addition to any church library, pastor's library, or any library public or personal. The entire text has been updated from 17th-century English to present-day vernacular in a five-year project commissioned by Master Books. Containing many human-interest stories from the original historical documents collected by Ussher, this is more than just a history book it's a work of history.
About the book:
That's a lotta candles...........We should use N.Korea to hold the party..........
So a minor 17th century Irish cleric is right, and the entire scientific discipline is wrong. Ok...
Wow , the Earth and I have the same birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!
Very interesting post!!
The earth is a scorpio.
He was probably the most important Anglican churchman in the period of 1575-1850.
Make that 6009...there was no year zero, so for any interval in years between a date B.C. and a date A.D., you have to subtract one.
How old are the dinosaurs?
That makes a lot of sense, actually!
Eat your hearts out evomoonies!
Older than dirt, apparently.
>>But the author of the book frequently described as the greatest history book ever written, said the world was created Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. making it 6,010 yesterday.<<
What laughable baloney. Anybody that has studied this knows this guy is full of it.
He got the year right, but it's JUNE 23rd!
Yup, and I'm six years old.
I wonder if the book includes a chapter entitled "The Flat Earth" along with it's other amazing revelations?
Oh great, I forgot to get a card.
I suppose that depends on what the "entire scientific discipline" really consists of . .
What comes before the Big Bang?
Is that a special feature of the book, or the author?
This sounds like a great book. I don't believe that Aeneas, son of Venus, fled Ilium to deliver Italia into the Julian bloodline -- but I read the Aeneid anyway. Ancient historical history is a type of history all its own. (Even if Ussher did ignore the huge gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 and the potential for skipped generations in the genealogies.)
Well, interestingly enough, we can thank the Greeks for the whole idea of a flat earth, but I'd say the analogy compares a lot to those who support Darwin's theory of creation through tautological magic.
I believe that. It has the same temperment.
You are assuming there is a gap in Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2...he apparently did not make such an assumption..
And he's right... but virtually every scientist since 1820 working in every field is totally wrong?
The Big Foreplay.
Looks like Neanderthal man never existed. The last Ice Age never occurred, and the 7500 year old pottery must have been made by the devil.
Of course, it's entirely possible that God made the world yesterday and planted our minds with false memories of what happened before.
I wonder how he knows that did not happen?
So he just flat out guessed? I'm sold!
There was no time before the Big Bang. "Time" was created along with everything else.
"He got the year right, but it's JUNE 23rd!"
I think you are right...but after all, those first six days were really frantic...didn't have time to make many notes...
It's only that old if you copletely ignore proven physics and use an old scientifically illiterate churchman as the authority for the age of the planet.
"What comes before the Big Bang?"
Dinner and drinks?
"Of course, it's entirely possible that God made the world yesterday and planted our minds with false memories of what happened before. "
That would explain the bruise I have that I have no recollection of getting.
I happen to think he was wrong about many things.
But he was a man of great learning, great accomplishment and also a man of great bravery in the face of Europe's first totalitarian regime.
There's no need to belittle him just because you disagree with his chronology.
4.567 billion years (years based on the current present rotation rate) this of course was far different in the past.
Based on extensive and detailed scientific evidence, geologists have determined the age of the Earth to be around 4.567 billion years (4.567×109 years). This age represents a compromise between the oldest-known terrestrial minerals small crystals of zircon from the Jack Hills of Western Australia and astronomers' and planetologists' determinations of the age of the solar system based in part on radiometric age dating of meteorite material and lunar samples.
The radiometric age dating evidence from the zircons further confirms that the Earth is at least 4.404 billion years old. Comparing the mass and luminosity of the Sun to the multitudes of other stars, it appears that the solar system cannot be much older than those rocks. Ca-Al-rich inclusions (inclusions rich in calcium and aluminium) the oldest known solid constituents within meteorites which are formed within the solar system are 4.567 billion years old, giving an age for the solar system and an upper limit for the age of the Earth. It is assumed that the accretion of the Earth began soon after the formation of the Ca-Al-rich inclusions and the meteorites. Since the accretion time of the Earth is not exactly known yet, and the predictions from different accretion models vary between several millions up to about 100 million years, the exact age of the Earth is difficult to define.
In the centuries preceding the scientific revolution, the age of the Earth was determined from the accounts of creation by religious authority. Today some religious groups continue to accept only theological accounts regarding the age of the earth, rejecting scientific evidence which contradicts their beliefs.
Yes, and virtually every scientists will tell you that human beings descended, as did all life, from a single-clled organism in a "primodial soup" based supported by the Miller-Urey experiment that managed to produce only two amino acids and tar!
Right....and before the Big Foreplay and Big Bang, parents of the elements let them go Carbon Dating.
It's also possible God created the world yesterday, but His creation extends in both directions along the time axis, so the universe was already 13.4 billion years old when He created it. No need for false memories when you are a transcendent Creator Deity; you can create true memories. Maybe He hasn't created it yet, and what we're experiencing is a sort of pre-echo of the creation. Or maybe He's creating it continuously.
Well, there you go. I might be onto something.
The junk scientists would probably say your bruise proves my theory, in fact.
Wow, such authority, and just what makes you so sure that there was no "time" before the big bang...I remember reading one theory in Discover Magazine that time doesn't exist anyway..
Big dinner and big drinks.
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