The Age of the Earth
Orra and Edward Hitchcock believed that newfound fossils expanded their understanding of religion.
Geological discoveries and fossil finds—from mastodon bones to dinosaur tracks—challenged biblical accounts of the formation of the earth. Even as Edward, a minister turned geologist, and Orra, a scientific illustrator, promoted these new findings, they argued that the discoveries did not contradict the Bible—just common understandings of it. Each of the seven days of creation in the Book of Genesis, they reasoned, should be interpreted as millions of years.