Examining the Impact of Geology on Society

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Examining the Impact of Geology on Society:

An Inter - disciplinary Approach

In the mid to late 1700's, the dominant view in Europe regarding Earth's age was based entirely on biblical interpretation. In the bible, the book of Genesis said that the Earth was approximately 6,000 years old, because God created the world in six 24-hour days about 4000 B.C. and about 1600 years later the earth was reformed by 'Noah's catastrophic flood.' During the late 17th and 18th centuries, the authority and inspiration of the bible began to fade away. Biblical skepticism was flourishing by the formation of group followings in areas such as atheism, agnosticism and deism. These groups and their ideas started to have a great impact on the theories and development of Earth's geography and age. As a result, science and geology began growing in its influences and they were on their way to becoming the ultimate source of truth.