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Because he was widely respected as a scholar, his calculations gained more acceptance than Lightfoot’s, and the determination was chiefly credited to him.
By 1701, Ussher’s date was incorporated into printed versions of the Bible.
James Ussher (1581—1656) was the Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1625 to 1656.
Ussher said the world began on “the evening preceding that first day.” Lightfoot put creation at nine o’clock in the morning.
Ussher worked not only from the Bible but also from histories of the ancient Near East.
It remained an accepted date until the first half of the nineteenth century, when the scientific evidence for a much older planet began to emerge. William Blake’s (1757-1827) image of the creation is one of the most famous and enduring.
The Creator is set within a blazing sun and clasps a pair of giant calipers to order the universe.
If we use the word "time" wrongly, we shall end up with the infantile computation of the celebrated Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh, who calculated that the earth — "the earth" alone, mind you, not the cosmos — had its birthday on Saturday, October 22, in 4004 BC, at six in the afternoon.
This dating was endorsed by William Jennings Bryan, a former American secretary of state and two-time Democratic presidential nominee, in courtroom testimony in the third decade of the twentieth century.
As in all cases, the findings of science are far more awe-inspiring than the rantings of the godly.
The history of the cosmos begins, if we use the word "time" to mean anything at all, about [13.8] billion years ago.