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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Creationism

In 1650 Archbishop James Usher, the Anglican primate of Ireland calculated, on the basis of his readings of the Bible, that the Earth was created at the beginning of the night preceding the 26th October 4004 BC.


On March 13, 1925 Austin Peay, governor of Tennessee, signed the Butler Act, which prohibited any teaching that contradicted the Genesis creation story.

Austin Peay

Four months later John Scopes, a high school biology teacher in the American state of Tennessee was convicted and fined $100 for teaching the theory of evolution. The court case, nicknamed “The Monkey Trial,” received world-wide publicity.

Billy Sunday, the American evangelist proclaimed around the same time, “if a minister believes and teaches evolution, he is a stinking skunk, a hypocrite and a liar.” 

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