...tomorrow is the birthday of the entire universe. That’s because some folks credit 17th Century Anglican Bishop James Ussher’s stab at figuring out the exact date of the creation of the whole universe. He nailed it down to October 23, 4004 BC. Some say he pinpoints it at 9:00 AM, but Steven Jay Gould says noon in this article.
I like this piece. Gould was an atheist and a Darwinist, but he maintained a respectful attitude toward believers that is refreshing in these days of New Atheists who think that shouting “SCIENCE!” like Thomas Dolby lends an authority to their philosophical gruntings. Gould has the moxie to write an article in defense of Ussher rather than simple pull the...READ MORE