What was the old western view on the age of the Earth ?
The now dated western view of the age of the Earth was heavily influenced by religion. When bishop Ussher in 1654 used the book of Genesis to date the Earth and come to the conclusion that the Earth was created at 9am on the 26 October 4004. It become very widely excepted. Thus continued the western belief that the Earth was indeed still quite young and made by god