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The 6K-year number for the age of the earth comes from an estimate derived by an Anglican bishop, Bishop Ussher, from the 1600s, who added up the various ages of the patriarchs together with (what Ussher considered to be) other chronological cues, and came to the 6K number. But that number occurs nowhere in the Bible. Conservative evangelicals are confusing the word of man with (what they consider to be) the Word of God. Exquisite irony! JRC
The amazing part of all this to me is that conservative evangelical church-going Christians claim to believe what the Bible says. But nowhere -- absolutely nowhere -- is there a biblical text saying how old the earth is: 6K years or 10K years or 4.5 billion years. There is no such text. It simply isn't there. So it is difficult to take seriously conservative evangelicals' claims to believe the Bible when even they don't know what the Bible says on this issue. All of which begs the question: when conservative evangelicals say they believe the Bible, what is it they say they believe? JRC
It seems to me the two key metrics here are education level and frequency of church attendance. At this point in our history, education is largely dominated by the evolutionary worldview, which influences students, while many pastors still teach the biblical doctrine of creation, which influences those who attend church regularly.
The number 10,000 is a tad unfortunate. Many old earth creationists would put that number back, potentially, all the way to 100,000 years. That jibes with scripture and with the archaeology.
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