Friday, April 29, 2005
An A-Priori Commitment to Millions of Years?
This indicates to me that perhaps they had an a priori commitment to long ages, probably based on Greek philosophy (which had been revived during the renaissance). The geologists of the 19th century talked about getting out from under the Abrahamic
(or was it Mosaic -- can't remember the actual terminology) system. Anyway, the dates go slowly outward from Mosaic dates -- starting out at about 80,000 years, and progressing steadily upward until we are at the 4 billion mark for the earth today, and the 20 million mark for the universe.
Anyway, nothing explicit, it is certainly very likely that they did not have an a priori commitment, but it just made me wonder, and I might look into it more at a later date.
If you want a pretty complete history of where the long ages came from, you can read "In the Minds of Men" by Ian Taylor. There is a link to it on this site:
Of course, I could have linked to it directly, but there are lots of other evidences of a young humanity there and I hope you can look at them. We don't have to have an a priori commitment to a young earth. It becomes an experiential, knowledge based commitment once you are exposed to the evidence.