Within the last 100 years the dominance in European civilization of the traditional Hebrew-Christian viewpoint concerning the age of our world has been replaced by the "scientific" view that planet Earth has been in existence for about 4.56 billion years and has supported complex forms of life over the last 600 million years.
The marginal entries in most of the older English Bibles allow less than 6000 years since the Creation described in the first chapters of Genesis. C., the first of the "10 ancient kings" (Adam in Genesis 5? In this lecture he set the horizons for geologic time with the classic expression ". Erasmus Darwin, whose grandson wrote The Origin of Species, actively promoted the concept of evolutionary development of organisms over "millions of ages" (9), and the evolutionist, Jean Baptist de Lamarck, at the beginning of the 19th century spoke of time in "millions of years" (10).
Outside the Hebrew-Christian tradition our world generally has been considered to be of vast antiquity. During the development of geological science in the early 19th century the span of geologic time was placed in the three million to 1.6 billion year range (11).
Contrary to Scripture, many geologists claim that radiometric “clocks” show rocks to be millions of years old.
However, to read any clock accurately we must know where the clock was set at the beginning.
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The Hindu classics written in the middle of the first millennium after Christ describe the history of the world in terms of endlessly repeating grand cycles of 4.32 billion years duration, each containing one thousand subcycles 4.32 million years in length (4). The "scientific" view of Earth's age was developed in preliminary form many decades before the discovery of radioactivity.
C.) considered that the Flood occurred about 200 million years ago (2). C.) proposed a mere 155,625 years for the age of the world (3). thought of world history in terms of endlessly repeating cycles and subcycles. D.) placed the beginning of the latest "Grand Period" or cycle at 96,962,464 B. The "scientific" view is presumed generally to be firmly based on unquestionable radiometric data.
The demands of evolution theory were strongly coercive toward estimates that supported the longest time span that could be contrived reasonably. The 20th century development of radiometric dating produced a geologic time scale that appears to be firmly founded on sound physical science principles and precise measurements.