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How did Archbishop James Ussher calculate that the world was created 6000 years ago?

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Ussher calculated the date of the creation of the world by working his way back through the narrative given in the Bible. Given his presuppositions, he was a careful and thorough scholar, and modern critics of creationism such as Stephen Jay Gould have defended his academic respectability, while rejecting the conclusions he came to.

Following the Bible was not as simple as it sounds. For one thing, there are variant texts...

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