Dating the Earth, the Sun, and the Stars

The chronology first appeared in The Annals of the Old Testament , a monumental work first published in London in the summer of Ussher lived through momentous times, having been born during the reign of Elizabeth and dying, in , under Cromwell. He was a talented fast-track scholar who entered Trinity College in Dublin at the early age of thirteen, became an ordained priest by the age of twenty, and a professor at Trinity by twenty-seven. He located and studied thousands of ancient books and manuscripts, written in many different languages. By the time of his death, he had amassed a library of over 10, volumes. The date forever tied to Bishop Ussher appears in the first paragraph of the first page of The Annals. Although Ussher brought stunning precision to his chronology, Christians for centuries had assumed a history roughly corresponding to his. The Bible itself provides all the information necessary to conclude that Creation occurred less than 5, years before the birth of Christ. Astronomer Johannes Kepler concluded that B. Ussher began his calculation by adding the ages of the twenty-one generations of people of the Hebrew-derived Old Testament, beginning with Adam and Eve.

The age of the Earth: the changing views of science

Article, pp. Quaternary Research Center and Dept. For centuries, natural philosophers, their scientific successors, and theologians alike sought to explain the physical and natural world. The now common cultural narrative of perpetual conflict between science and religion simplifies the arguments and struggles of the past and overlooks cross-pollination between those who embraced faith and reason as the keys to understanding earth history.

But some Christians—those we now call creationists—rejected this perspective and chose to see geology as a threat to their faith. But the forerunners of modern creationists chose to defend their preferred literal reading of scripture no matter what the rocks revealed.

The great academic and Archbishop James Ussher’s date of ‘Oct 23, BC’ is perhaps the most famous estimated date in history, although he has been much.

This document is copyright and Matthew S. NOTE: This website has not been updated since early in this decade. I do not have the time or inclination to maintain it, but I have decided to keep it available as a product of its time. So please read with discernment and check sources. For the past several decades, the question of the age of the Earth has been a very divisive one among Christians. Many people known as “Young-Earth Creationists” believe that the only valid interpretation of the Bible indicates that the Earth is 10, years old or less, and they also claim to have scientific evidence that supports this view of the Earth.

At the same time, there are many others who believe that scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the claim that the Earth is about 4. Many people in this latter category affirm the intimate involvement of God in this process of creation.

Rock of Ages, Ages of Rock

Geologist and priest Michael Roberts is convinced the earth is 4. He shares ten questions he’d like to ask Christians who believe the earth is only 6,, years old. At first sight it may seem that to believe the Bible we must believe in a young earth. After all Genesis 1 talks about creation happening in six days not billions of years. But for the last years most Christians have not believed in a young earth and it is only in the last half century that it has become a big issue for some Christians.

Can we start by agreeing that the Gospel is more about the Rock of Ages than the ages of rocks?

So the date of creation could be pushed back to about 4, BC, but not really much further. Those who assume that Young Earth Creationism implies that the.

House Rep. Paul Broun, a Georgia Republican, doesn’t believe in evolution, the Big Bang theory, or the teachings of embryology. In fact, in a Sept. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says. Broun’s creationist viewpoint stands in opposition to what scientific research reveals about the age of the planet.

In fact, Earth formed 4. Earth was formed by the colliding and coming together of massive space objects called planetesimals, said Richard Carlson, a geochemist at the Carnegie Institution who has studied some of Earth’s oldest rocks. The force of the impacts would have melted rock, leaving Earth molten for hundreds of thousands of years, Carlson told LiveScience. Broun is far from the only believer in a literal, or Biblical, creation.

According to a Gallup poll conducted in June , 46 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form within the last 10, years, a creationist belief. Only 15 percent said they believed in evolution without God’s hand, while 32 percent said they believed in evolution guided by God. That survey did not ask adults how old they believed Earth to be, but estimates based on literal interpretation of the Bible normally range from 6, to 8, years.

Dating creation

October 23 is in famous as supposed earth’s birthday – this date is mentioned in many textbooks retelling the life of Irish Archbishop James Ussher In Ussher published a book with the title ” Annales veteris testamenti, a prima mundi origine deducti ” Annals of the Old Testament, deduced from the earliest Beginning of the World , where he reconstructed the history of the world based on the bible, Egyptian and Jewish chronologies , but also research by other scholars, like John Lightfoot , who published his calculations in the year For Ussher and other scholars it was important to know the age of the earth to possibly infer the time of the rapture.

October 22, B.

They may never persuade other scientists the earth is young, but used various radiometric-dating methods to establish that the earth is published “The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Explanations.

The same was long true of the cosmos. The ancient Greeks Eratosthenes and Aristarchus measured the size of the Earth and Moon, but could not begin to understand how old they were. With space telescopes, we can now even measure the distances to stars thousands of light-years away using parallax, the same geometric technique proposed by Aristarchus, but no new technology can overcome the fundamental mismatch between the human lifespan and the timescales of the Earth, stars, and universe itself.

Despite this, we now know the ages of the Earth and the universe to much better than 1 percent, and are beginning to date individual stars. Our ability to measure ages, to place ourselves in time as well as in space, stands as one of the greatest achievements of the last one hundred years. In the Western world, the key to the age of the Earth was long assumed to be the Bible and its account of creation.

Creation dating required careful accounting of the chronology given in Genesis and then matching it to historical events recorded elsewhere.

How Old Is The Earth According To The Bible?

Summer travel in the United States has slowed but not stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Among those destinations that have recently reopened is, as of June 8, is the Creation Museum, a museum dedicated to promoting the Biblical story of Genesis as historic and scientific fact. More than this, the Creation Museum offers a window into the ideas and workings of the American religious right.

A majority of them think the Bible should be read literally and that evolution is false. The Creation Museum, about which we wrote a book in , promotes a very specific version of this belief, which holds that God made the universe in six hour days about 6, years ago. The first four chapters of the book of Genesis tell the story of Adam and Eve, who were created on the sixth day and given two jobs: to obey God and populate the Earth.

Modern geologists can use complex dating techniques to assess the age of a to calculate an age for Earth was to follow Ussher’s technique, treating the Bible,​.

This article can be freely copied and distributed, as long as it is unaltered and a link back to the original article appears on the page. Several people have asked about the timing of Biblical events within the framework of old earth belief. With this article, I hope to answer some of those questions, although as you will see, we cannot be very accurate with these dates. As Christians who believe in the Bible, of course we think the events of the Bible happened just as the Bible records them.

I cannot speak for all old earth believers, but generally, we accept a literal reading of Genesis, and the existence of the Garden of Eden, the Flood of Noah local, but universal in effect , and the story of the Tower of Babel, and others that we need not consider. The Last Common Denominator. Young earth creation science claims that the world is 6, years old, therefore they would say the events in Genesis happened less than 6, years ago.

We will start with the last common denominator, and work our way back to the Garden of Eden. There is no way to know for certain what the proper age is for any of these events, but we can make certain speculations about the age. For instance, for many years, scientists thought that the first humans in North America ventured here via a land bridge between Russia and Alaska about 13, years ago. Another site, the Meadowcroft site in Pennsylvania, contains artifacts dated to 16, years ago.

Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth

The rock walls were slippery and steep at points, and some people came in their dress shoes straight from the conference that brought them together. Let me see that. A brightly painted sign in the state park explained that million years ago these ancient creatures lived at the bottom of a warm, shallow sea during the Ordovician period.

The Bible never declares an age for the Earth, but evidence derived from the text fits most comfortably with a date far older than a few thousand years. RTB holds.

Do you believe that the Earth is 4. The Earth solidified 4. That’s a fact, and if your belief is not aligned to this fact, then you are what we call “wrong. This age is arrived at by several cross-checking lines of evidence , but the great antiquity of the Earth has been apparent for much of human history. True, scientific progress repeatedly found our home to be much older than previously suspected, but the widespread view that the planet is only a few thousand years old is relatively new, and has no basis in either fact or scripture.

The 6, year age was arrived at by James Ussher, a 17th century Irish Archbishop who counted up estimates of the ages of Abraham’s family listed in the Old Testament and calculated that the creation began on the Julian calendar on Saturday, October 22, BC, at 6 pm. Usher made a lot of assumptions, chose to ignore inconsistencies within even those scriptural sources known at that time, and was unaware of certain, now obvious translation issues, importantly including the way the Babylonians counted, but that’s beside the point.

As William Henry Green wrote, “The Scriptures furnish no data for a chronological computation prior to the life of Abraham; and the Mosaic records do not fix and were not intended to fix the precise date either of the Flood or of the creation of the world. In other words, even if Ussher’s calculation were correct it isn’t it would only tell us when Abraham lived, not when the world was made.

How an archbishop calculated the Creation

This is an opposing, yet respectful view of the column on how the universe came into existence. If the big bang is true So this commentary is for those who deserve to know there are plausible biblical explanations to counter the idea of a long ago big bang. So it appeared logical this verified the big bang proposed by Georges LeMaitre in

However, lest we be too concerned, every honest attempt to determine the date, starting with a deep commitment to the inerrancy of God’s Word, has calculated a​.

Aristotle thought the earth had existed eternally. Roman poet Lucretius, intellectual heir to the Greek atomists, believed its formation must have been relatively recent, given that there were no records going back beyond the Trojan War. The Talmudic rabbis, Martin Luther and others used the biblical account to extrapolate back from known history and came up with rather similar estimates for when the earth came into being.

Within decades observation began overtaking such thinking. In the s Nicolas Steno formulated our modern concepts of deposition of horizontal strata. He inferred that where the layers are not horizontal, they must have been tilted since their deposition and noted that different strata contain different kinds of fossil. This position came to be known as uniformitarianism, but within it we must distinguish between uniformity of natural law which nearly all of us would accept and the increasingly questionable assumptions of uniformity of process, uniformity of rate and uniformity of outcome.

That is the background to the intellectual drama being played out in this series of papers. It is a drama consisting of a prologue and three acts, complex characters, and no clear heroes or villains. We, of course, know the final outcome, but we should not let that influence our appreciation of the story as it unfolds. Even less should we let that knowledge influence our judgment of the players, acting as they did in their own time, constrained by the concepts and data then available.

One outstanding feature of this drama is the role played by those who themselves were not, or not exclusively, geologists. Most notable is William Thomson, ennobled to become Lord Kelvin in , whose theories make up an entire section of this collection.

Old Earth Creation Science

I often receive emails asking about where in the Bible it states that the Earth is 6, years old. This answer results from a synthesis of a number of passages of Scripture. Our starting point would be the so-called chrono-genealogies of Genesis 5 and Genesis These genealogies, by their nature, do not contain any gaps. Jonathan Sarfati, of Creation Ministries International , has written a detailed article on why the grammar and sound exegesis cannot allow for gaps in these two special genealogies.

In 1 Kings , we find that Solomon built the Temple years after the Exodus.

In , John Lightfoot published a “voluminous” calculation of the exact date for the creation of the universe: September 17, B.C. This date was reached.

Others claim that the Bible simply does not speak to this matter. Ross, see Van Bebber and Taylor If it is true that the Bible is completely silent on this topic, then certainly we ought not to make an issue of it. If these questions can be answered affirmatively — and we are confident they can — then the testimony of inspiration must be respected. Or should the declarations of the Scriptures simply be dismissed because some are intimidated by the assertions of skeptical scientists who are committed to the theory of evolution?

Make no mistake about it. The lust for vast periods of time is critical in the Darwinian scenario of origins. Here is a crucial question. Is the claim of great age for earth and humanity as alleged by most scientists based upon solid, scientific evidence? There is no scientific proof that the earth is billions of years old.

The average layman thinks there is, but he is mistaken. Stephen Moorbath, an evolutionist associated with the University of Oxford, wrote:.

Radiometric Dating is Flawed!! Really?? How Old IS the Earth?


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