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Indicators of a "young earth," with rebuttals

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Background:

There is a major conflict between two groups:

bullet Many conservative Jews, Christians and Muslims, who estimate that the Earth and the rest of the universe is less than 10,000 years old, and

bullet Geologists, cosmologists, biologists and other scientists who estimate the Earth's age at 4.5 billion years, and the original "big bang" that started the universe at about 13.7 billion years.

This section reviews common indicators of a young earth as proposed by many religious conservatives, and gives rebuttals to each.

We have a corresponding essay which gives dozens of proofs by scientists to show that the earth is extremely old. The arguments in that essay also contain rebuttals.

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Topics included in this section:

bullet Introduction: content of this section; implications; proof unlikely

bullet Thoughts about young-earth proofs

bullet Indicators from radiometric dating of mineral samples

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11 indicators from Earth observations:

  • Part 1:  Second law of thermodynamics. Mineral halos. Pressure on oil deposits. Presence of oil. Shape of the earth.

  • Part 2: Sedimentary rock on Mt. St. Helens. Earth's magnetic field. Earth's rotational speed. Population growth rates. Topsoil depth. Erosion of the continents.
bullet Indicators from observing the rest of our solar system: Moon distance, comets, sun's diameter, etc.

bullet Indicators by observing the rest of the universe

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Related essays on this web site:

bullet Indicators that evolution never happened (with rebuttals)
bullet Indicators of an old earth (with rebuttals)
bullet Attempts to dialog with creation scientist webmasters

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For hundreds more indicators of creationism and a young earth, with rebuttals, see:

Book by Mark Isaak Mark Isaak, "The Counter-Creationism Handbook, University of California Press, (2007). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store.

According to Amazon.com: the Handbook:
bullet Covers claims made about the disciplines of philosophy, biology, paleontology, geology, astronomy, physics and mathematics, history, and more.
bullet Addresses the claims of Biblical creationism, intelligent design creationism, and some creationism based on non-Christian religions.
bullet Includes an introduction on how to address creationists in different venues, how to deal with novel claims, and why accurate science is important.
bullet Is organized thematically, with extensive cross-referencing.

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Last updated: 2012-JUL-17
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