Talk:James Ussher

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RodWeather's edit

RodWeather added: Regardless, Ussher's calculations were somewhat accurate, and the roughly 6000 year age of the world has been built upon by more recent scholarship and backed up by recent scientific research in creation science.

I have a few problems with this:

  • The first part about the calculations being accurate is expressing an opinion. I agree with the opinion, and Conservapedia does express opinions at times, but we should keep it to a minimum and I don't think it's necessary in this case.
  • The bit about being built upon by more recent scholarship is rather vague as to what it's referring to. As worded at the moment I don't think it means much, but perhaps it could be made clearer.
  • Creation science has produced lots of evidence that is more consistent with a "young" Earth than one billions of years old, but they don't claim to be able to support scientifically an age as specific as around 6,000 years.

Philip J. Rayment 05:13, 30 October 2008 (EDT)

Quote from Ussher

People keep repeating this error forever. Ussher's words:

Moreover we find that the years of our forefathers, the years of the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews were the same length as the Julian Year. It consisted of 12 months containing 30 days. (It cannot be proved that the Hebrews used lunar months before the Babylonian captivity.) 5 days were added to the 12th month each year. Every 4 years, 6 days were added to the 12th month. I have noted the continual passing of these years, as set forth in the Bible. Hence the end of Nebuchadnezzar's reign and the beginning of his son Evilmerodach's reign was in the 3442 year of the world. (3442 AM) By collation of Chaldean history and the astronomical cannon it was in the 85 year of Nabonasar. This was 562 BC. or 4152 JP. (Julian Period) From this I deduce that the creation of the world happened in the beginning of the autumn of 710 JP. {d} Using astronomical tables, I determined the first Sunday after the autumnal equinox for the year 710 JP which was October 23 of that year. I ignored the stopping of the sun, in the days of Joshua and the going back of it in the days of Hezekiah. (See the notes in my Annals for 2553 AM and 3291 AM) From thence I concluded, that from the preceding evening of October 23, marks the first day of creation and the start of time.

So, Ussher's date of Creation was not 23 Oct, but 22 Oct in the proleptic Julian Calendar. Sunda62 (talk) 19:16, 4 December 2015 (EST)