Defending Ussher

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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