Sometimes, the week’s silliness ascends to a new and ever-higher pinnacle, most especially when Republicans, evangelical nuts, and right-wing radio talk jocks all manage to (inadvertently, mostly) meet up with what appears to be some sort of a prescribed Manifest Destiny (?) — for crazies.
Whew. That took some doing to summarize the biggest pile of crazy I’ve seen in I dunno how long . . . a week at least!
On that last one, it seems to me that Joyner doesn’t quite have the math right. He’s close, of course, but when he says 6000 years, then adds that “There’s one period in Judges that’s a little ambiguous so you have to give-or-take 100 years,” well, he’s wrong on that. So in the spirit of whatever, I thought I’d help him out, help him get the math right for once by referring to the man who definitely got it straight, Bertrand Russell.
“The date of the creation of the world (according to the orthodox view) can be inferred from the genealogies in Genesis, which tell how old each patriarch was when his oldest son was born. Some margin of controversy was permissible, owing to certain ambiguities and to differences between the Septuagint and the Hebrew text; but in the end Protestant Christendom generally accepted the date 4004 B.C., fixed by Archbishop Usher. Dr. Lightfoot, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, who accepted this date for the Creation, thought that a careful study of Genesis made even greater precision possible; the creation of man, according to him, took place at 9.00 A.M. on October 23rd. This, however, has never been an article of faith; you might believe, without risk of heresy, that Adam and Eve came into existence on October 16th or October 30th, provided your reasons were derived from Genesis. The day of the week was, of course, known to have been Friday, since God rested on the Saturday.” ~Bertrand Russell
Personally, I like the October 23rd, 4004 (B.C.) date because that would mean that I was born EXACTLY one day before the 5946th anniversary of Adam and Eve’s creation! You gotta admit that is one hell of an impressive stat, right? Right!!
Anyway, since now we have to add 73.4 more years to that 5946 number, it means that as of today it’s been 6019.4 years since the creation. We are, clearly, getting really close to the end times, which will surely begin most any day now. But I knew that; it’s a bitch to get old. Just ask mother earth. Or me. 🙄