“Happy Birthday, World!” / Memorable Fancies #1355

According to the computations of James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, (lived 1581-1656), the first day of creation began at sundown on October 22, 4004 B.C. and was concluded the following day, the world having been created overnight, ready for the ensuing creation of rain and fishes and people and things.

Other authorities placed the beginning of creation at 12 noon on that date; but Ussher followed the Jewish custom marking the beginning of each day at sundown; therefore the “day” of creation occupied October 23, as it began coincident with the end of October 22. This, of course, disregards the difficulty that before creation there would have been no sun to be noon, no night to be nightfall, no months to be October, no numbers to be 22 or 23, and no B.C., that being a currently un-correct synonym for B.C.E.

And did God create the world, or did He just happen to be here at the right time and took all the credit?


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