How old is the world?
Most people would say: “Nobody knows.”
Most people would be wrong.
But the author of the book frequently described as the greatest history book ever written, said the world was created Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. â€“ making it exactly 6,010 yesterday.
In the 1650s, an Anglican bishop named James Ussher published his “Annals of the World,” subtitled, “The Origin of Time, and Continued to the Beginning of the Emperor Vespasian’s Reign and the Total Destruction and Abolition of the Temple and Commonwealth of the Jews.” First published in Latin, it consisted of more than 1,600 pages.
That’s right: evangelical right-wing Christian knowledge of the world stopped sometime in the 1650s. Do they really wonder why we think they aren’t so bright?
And 1600 pages? Wow! Everyone knows that the bigger a book is, the more truth it contains. I mean, hey, just look at the Bible, would you? Lots of pages! And Harry Potter? I rest my case!
Dumbledore is real and gay; he’s real gay!
Just think, not only do these people walk among us, but they breed.
Scary stuff indeed.
(found via PZ Myers – I really need to blog more so I can quit piggybacking on his beautiful finds).