Epic of Evolution  
 

On the eve of Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC, God created the universe, according to Archbishop Ussher of Ireland in 1650.

Were he living today, would Archbishop Ussher determine the same date for the creation of the world?

 

Happy Birthday Universe


(In anticipation of October 23, 2005 I sent the following letter to the Daily Camera.)

On the eve of Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC, God created the universe, according to Archbishop Ussher of Ireland in 1650.

Were the Archbishop alive today, his scholarship would have convinced him that the universe is over 13 billion years old, and that humans evolved from hominid ancestors. The Archbishop Ussher would seek to learn about God using the best tools currently available: science. Science gives us the tools to most clearly see God, who is revealed to us in the stars, the flowers, the sea, the mountains and the smile of a child.


Artistic interpretation of the Great Radiance - aka Big Bang.

The Archbishop and people from all ages share the same goal: to study where we came from to get an idea of where we may be going.

Archbishop Ussher would probably be one of the many new storytellers proclaiming the Epic of Evolution, which celebrates our place and purpose in the cosmos. The Archbishop would know that God is still speaking, and has revealed to us the approximate ages of the universe and our Earth. We have learned that humans and all life on Earth are related, and that we arrived here via the mechanisms of evolution as outlined by Darwin and confirmed by thousands of scientists since then.

From his studies, Bishop Ussher would likely share the views of many who see several trends in the universe: it is becoming more complex, more conscious, and more compassionate. And perhaps this is where we are heading as well.

And while we may never know the exact anniversary of the birth of our universe, the Eve of October 23 seems as good of day to celebrate as any. Happy birthday Universe!

This page last updated October 23, 2005.
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