2008.08 Age of the Earth 4 — History’s View

Article Summary:
Throughout history the great preponderance of scholarship regarding the Biblical records and the unanimous testimony of cultures worldwide is that the earth is only thousands of years old. This was also the historic teaching of the church until the ascendancy of the theory of evolution in the 19th century. The push in the last two centuries to increase the age of the earth was motivated, not by evidence, but by evolution’s requirement for long eons of time. What have scholars through the ages taught about the age of the earth?
This is the fourth in a series of six articles on the age of the earth.

Prequels:
2008.05 Age of the Earth 1 — Essentials
2008.06 Age of the Earth 2 — Jesus’ View
2008.07 Age of the Earth 3 — Genealogies
Sequels:
2008.09 Age of the Earth 5 — Radiometric Dating
2008.10 Age of the Earth 6 — Scientific Dating Methods

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Tags: origen, Luther, Newton, Calvin, Kepler, Augustine, chronology, Ussher, Josephus, Leupold, age of the earth, Church Fathers, Theophilus, James Strong, William Hales, James Barr

©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
August 2008

And Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan. Then Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died.
And Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel. Then Kenan lived eight hundred and forty years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.
(Genesis 5:9-14)

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Radiometric Dating
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