Happy Creation Day!

For all of you ‘young earth creationists’ out there – October 23 is Creation Day.  James Ussher, an Anglican bishop who published in 1654 a brilliant study that tried to sort this out (false or not, it is an ingenious bit of biblical scholarship).  He claimed that the world was created on October 23, 4004 BC.  While there are other accounts, Ussher’s chronology was the most widely accepted.

Such attempts were not all that uncommon in his time.  I know of several theologians who tried to date the universe and other events in this way (I know Newton at least dabbled in this, and made a concerted effort to determine the exact date of the crucifixion).

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About Kleiner

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.

2 thoughts on “Happy Creation Day!

  1. Doug Beazer

    I asked my superior if I received Holiday Pay for this holiday and sadly my company does not recognize this day as a holiday. Can you believe this? I mentioned that it is much older than the American Holidays we celebrate, but it was a no go. I think I may call in sick to protest.

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  2. Kleiner Post author

    What bull, Doug. How much longer will we allow these secular zealots to push religion out of the public square? Shouldn’t they be thankful for creation too? There is literally no older anniversary than this, right? Push back Christian warriors!

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