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Defending Ussher

October 25, 2009

ussher.jpgFamously, Dubliner James Ussher dated the creation to the 22nd of October 4004 BCE, a “fact” that became enshrined in American thought early in the twentieth century with the rise of Fundamentalism. Ussher has predictable come in for some ridicule for his ideas, but as Thony Christie points out, he deserves to be understood within the correct historical perspective and not treated ahistorically merely to gain cheap rhetorical points.

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  1. October 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you kind sir

  2. October 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Very nice article…thanks for the link. Stephen Jay Gould made the same point at least once that I recall.

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