Genesis and geochronology: the case of John Phillips (1800–1874)

@article{Morrell2001GenesisAG,
  title={Genesis and geochronology: the case of John Phillips (1800–1874)},
  author={J. Morrell},
  journal={Geological Society, London, Special Publications},
  year={2001},
  volume={190},
  pages={85 - 90}
}
  • J. Morrell
  • Published 2001
  • Geology
  • Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Abstract In 1841 John Phillips proposed that there were three great periods of past life on the Earth, namely the Palaeozoic, the Mesozoic and the Cainozoic, terms which are still used today. This was by no means Phillips’ sole contribution to geochronology and this paper examines his evolving views on it over a span of forty years. In the 1820s he adopted the Deluge as a notion which reconciled Genesis and geology. From the 1830s he adopted a liberal Christian position, which saw attempts at… Expand

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