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i don’t know of any bible scholars who hold the view that the earth is 6,000 yrs old. there may be a few, however, but i don’t think that their arguments make much sense. and scriputure itself is not to be taken literally in this regard: moreover, i’m not aware of any place in scripture where it says the earth is 6,000 yrs old. this notion (so far as i know, was popularized by an anglican bishop named usher in the 18th century who went thru all the scriptural genealogies, etc. and came up with the 6000 plus number (he even had the exact day of creation). the catholic view is that genesis is to be interpreted theologically, not literally. anyway, until something better comes along (if it does), i hold with science: the earth is, in fact, about 4 billion yrs old. tom st. martin