Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy 6015th Birthday to Earth!

"The world was created on 22nd October, 4004 BC at 6 o'clock in the evening."
- James Ussher, Archibishop of Armagh, Annals of the World, 1650-54

1 comment:

Brad Miner said...

I love the scene in "Inherit the Wind" when Drummond (Tracy as Darrow) presses Brady (March as Bryan) on the earth's age:

Brady: A fine Biblical scholar, Bishop Ussher, has determined for us the exact date and hour of the Creation. It occurred in the year 4004 B.C.
Drummond: Well, uh, that’s Bishop Ussher’s opinion.
Brady: It is not an opinion. It is a literal fact, which the good Bishop arrived at through careful computation of the ages of the prophets as set down in the Old Testament. In fact, he determined that the Lord began the Creation on the 23rd of October, 4004 B.C. at, uh, at 9:00 A.M.
Drummond: That Eastern Standard Time?

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