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When was the universe created

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

Archbishop James Ussher: 22 October 4004 BCE

The Universe’s birthday party
The full chronology

Young-Earth Creationists: 6000 - 10,000 years ago

...the Biblical chronology is about a million times shorter than the evolutionary chronology. A million-fold mistake is no small matter, and Biblical scholars surely need to give primary attention to resolving this tremendous discrepancy right at the very foundation of our entire Biblical cosmology. This is not a peripheral issue that can be dismissed with some exegetical twist, but is central to the very integrity of scriptural theology.
Henry Morris, The Biblical Basis for Modern Science, Baker,(1984), Page 115.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: 46,026 BCE

The JW book “Let God Be True” (1946) says that each of the seven days of creation was 7,000 years long. And that since Adam was “created toward the close of the sixth day, he was put on earth toward the end of 42,000 years of earth’s preparation.” (p. 155) And since “[a]ccording to reliable Bible chronology Adam was created in the year 4026 B.C.E., likely in the autumn of the year, at the end of the sixth day of creation” (April 1, 1968, Watchtower), we know that the universe was created in 46,026 BCE.

Old-Earth Creationists: Somewhere between 10,000 and 20 billion years

  It’s hard to pin these folks down, but they generally accept some form of day-age interpretation for the creation days of Genesis 1.

Catholic Church: The date cannot be determined from the bible

At least 200 dates have been suggested, varying from 3483 to 6934 years B.C., all based on the supposition that the Bible enables us to settle the point. But it does nothing of the sort. ... The literal interpretation has now been entirely abandoned; and the world is admitted to be of immense antiquity. ... On such questions we have no Biblical evidence, and the Catholic is quite free to follow the teaching of science.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Biblical Chronology

SAB Links

When was Adam created?
When will Armaggedon occur?

Dwindling in Unbelief

In the beginning

External Links

  Wikipedia: Creationism
  The Talk.Origins Archive
  Age of the Earth: Hugh Ross
  Martin Luther on the time of creation
  Calvin: Genesis means what it says