When discussing the age of the universe. I sometimes run into the statement "How long is a day". This is an attempt by theists/deists to reconcile the actual age of the universe (13+ billion years) with the 6 days (or 6000 years) in some scriptures.

My first reaction is "You're nuts", but I don't think that would be persuasive. I sometimes try "calling a dog a cat does not change all dogs to cats". But, I am looking for something better. Any suggestions ?

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on July 16, 2011 at 5:37pm
Steve says it better than I could.  If we have to redefine "day" in order for it to fit a fantasy creation story, the the word has no meaning.  It's like an Orwellian re-purposing of existing concepts.  A day is the time between now on July 16th and the same time of day on July 17th.
Comment by roland707 on July 15, 2011 at 11:11am
Say "Loan me a thousand dollars. I'll give it back to you in three days." HA

Unfortunately, I think this weird time idea may have been re-enforced by Carl Sagan's 'Cosmic Calendar'. I saw it on Nova. It was supposed to show dummies the scale of geologic time. I was about 12 or 13, still believed in sky daddy. I saw it and thought "So god's six days was like a billion years, everybody's right." Sagan would have surely scrapped the thing, if he'd been aware of this effect.


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