I have read quotation(s) from Calvin and/or Luther, both contemporaries of
Copernicus, indicating they accepted the 6000-year-old creation idea. I did
not get the impression that this was a new idea at that time.
I do not have the references now, but I am pretty sure that Calvin presents
that idea in his commentary on Genesis.
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> From: carol regehr <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: pre-Ussher dating schemes?
> Date: Wednesday, June 11, 1997 12:34 PM
> I'm just starting to read an interesting new book, _The Life of
> the Cosmos_, by Lee Smolin, Oxford UP. He starts out discussing
> Copernicus, and on p. 4 states
> "There is no evidence that any of these [Copernicus, Kepler, and
> Galileo], the main protagonists of the revolution, ever doubted
> that the universe had been created six thousand years earlier by
> God, who waited and watched just outside of that stellar sphere."
> Since Copernicus (1473-1543) pre-dates Ussher (1581-1656), was the
> 6000-year world a common belief even before Ussher? Can someone cite
> a source on this for me?
> Carol %^)