Christianity Thomas on 10 Feb 2010 12:32 am
The belief that the earth is 6,000 years old, just like the Bible says, is rife amongst Christians. Perhaps half of the adults in the United States believe this nonsense. Here is a typical example of the belief:
The Bible says the world is about six thousand years old. But it seems like everything we learn from science tells us the world is billions of years old and the dinosaurs lived hundreds of millions of years ago.
Who is telling the truth? God or scientists?
What are the facts? Is a 6,000 year age for the earth based on different facts than a billion year age for the earth?
The author then introduces three “facts” demonstrating a 6,000 year old earth. The problem is that they are not facts at all. For example, the first “fact” is the “fossilized hat”. But anyone with 5 minutes of research can debunk it. Here is an article from the LA Times:
And a much simpler effort:
In other words, on one side you have hundreds of thousands of highly trained scientists using the latest tools and techniques to understand the universe. All of their knowledge and data fits together in the interlocking world of science. On the other side you have people who say anything they like, with no evidence, to fit whatever beliefs they choose to make up in their heads. How nonsensical can it get? Here is a quote from the LA Times:
Ham encourages people to further their research with the dozens of books and DVDs sold by his ministry. They give answers to every question a critic might ask: How did Noah fit dinosaurs on the ark? He took babies. Why didn’t a tyrannosaur eat Eve? All creatures were vegetarians until Adam’s sin brought death into the world. How can we have modern breeds of dog like the poodle if God finished his work 6,000 years ago? He created a dog “kind” — a master blueprint — and let evolution take over from there.
If a “god” created humans, you have to wonder how humans can be so idiotic.