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  •  It's important to note: there WAS a controversy (1+ / 0-)
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    The age of the Earth was the subject of intense controversy... about  200 years ago.  The concept that the Earth developed slowly but at uniform speeds (uniformitarianism) was relatively new, having been proposed (by Hutton, etc) in the mid 1700's.  The blasphemous proposal was assailed on all sides, and it wasn't until Lyell published his mammoth Principles of Geology in the 1830's that the age of the Earth was firmly established as being far older than 6000 years.

    But the facts won the day, all those years ago, and that's why scientists now are in complete unison on the matter.  Not because there wasn't a controversy; there was.  But religion already lost the battle, long before any of us were born.  

    Incidentally, Lyell was good friends with Charles Darwin, and without an old Earth, Darwin's natural selection wouldn't have had the time to operate. And yet, Lyell had qualms about natural selection because of his religion!  Not to say he was a fundamentalist: Lyell saw his own work as "freeing the science from the old dispensation of Moses".  But natural selection removes mankind's special and unique place among the animals.  

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 12:02:55 PM PST

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