[quote="Beachcomber, post:4, topic:180788"]
There was this clergyman, James Ussher, who lived 1581-1656. He wrote "The Annals of the World," wherein he counted up all the generations in the Bible, how long everyone lived, and figured out that the world was about 6000 years old.
Many people take the Bible absolutely literally and that's why they think the world was created just a few thousand years ago. There are modern-day apologists for this viewpoint and have turned out a lot of material supporting it.
"The Annals of the World" is still in print now and it's cool to check out.
James Ussher, Anglican Archbishop of Dublin, was one of the most learned men of his time, well conversant with the ancient pagan classics and patristics.
However, while I respect his erudition in Latin and Greek literature, I believe he went about things the wrong way using the Bible to calculate the age of the earth.
But I do think it's reasonable to say that recorded human history is no older than 10,000 years.
Belief about how old the earth will NOT be one of the questions we're asked about at the Last Judgement.
And were dinosaurs in the ark, they would have survived the flood, right?