Questioning The Millennium

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The only question was the starting date, the date of creation. Here Gould cites a variety of Christian authorities who worked on this question in millennial terms. Just after c.

Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown

All these computations have in common the birth of Christ as the principal historical marker for counting back to creation and forward to an apocalyptic millennium. The apocalyptic millennium thus becomes a calendric commemoration of one-thousand-year intervals of time.

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In the next part of Questioning the Millennium , Gould addresses his second millennial question, namely, when millennia start and end. Gould also made significant contributions to the field of evolutionary developmental biology, most notably in his work, Ontogeny and Phylogeny. An outspoken advocate of the scientific outlook, Gould had been a vigorous defender of evolution against its creation-science opponents in popular magazines focusing on science.

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He wrote a column for Natural History and has produced a remarkable series of books that display the excitement of science for the layperson. The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin.

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In philosophy he was a Hepburn, a Brando, a Dean, a Bacall, stars into whose souls he gave us entryways. And on ours, too!

He dressed beautifully to attend our meetings, and he did his homework for them carefully, and spoke articulately on behalf of the books we had asked him to report on.