Sunday, November 17, 1:30 PM—South Granville Library, Creedmoor, NC—1547 South Campus Drive, Creedmoor, NC
Bishop James Ussher
In Europe of the 1600’s, people and Christians in particular, had great curiosity about the age of the Earth.
The Ussher Chronology published in 1650 (English version, 1658) was a time-line of the history of the world created from a literal reading of the Bible by James Ussher, the Archbishop of Armagh (Church of Ireland). The Bishop is pictured above. This history stated that the universe was created only a few thousand years ago by God as described in the first two chapters of the Biblical book of Genesis.
But Humanists do not accept the Bible as a viable source of geological or other scientific knowledge; therefore we plan to review the age of the Earth as determined by the scientific method.
Dr.Edward Stoddard, retired NCSU Geology professor, will take us through the fascinating journey of discovery in the field of Geology which led to a more rational estimate for the age of the Earth.
Look forward to an exciting presentation including visual aids and a subsequent group discussion of this topic. We will all no doubt learn some scientific principles, some methods of critical thinking and most of all some methodologies of Geology. We will thank Bishop Ussher for his first attempts at estimating the age of the Earth and wish that he could have been with us to see how the human thought processes have improved over the centuries.
Science teachers and their students are encouraged to attend. Bring a friend or neighbor! Bring a bishop, minister or pastor.
The public is invited.
View and Read the Complete Ussher Document here.
Dr. Edward Stoddard Brief Biography:
Education: Associate Professor Emeritus: A.B. in Geology, Amherst College, 1971, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976
Dr. Stoddard states he is person who loves studying rocks out in the field. He was trained as a metamorphic petrologist, which means a person who particularly likes to study rocks that have been transformed from one type to another by time, pressure and heat.
He told us that “I augment my field studies with laboratory work, commonly working with colleagues who specialize in those areas, including geochronology (the age of rocks). I have been conducting geological mapping in the North Carolina Piedmont for over 30 years, and have intensified mapping activities since my retirement from N.C. State University in 2006, mainly because I have been employed part-time with the N.C. Geological Survey. Recently, I have also been working on geological guides for hiking trails and greenways.”
(The South Granville Library is not a sponsor of this event and has no affiliation with the Oxford Humanist Educational Association)