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September 8, 2012

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Q: Has an old earth been “common knowledge” for a century?

A: Let’s take a look at what people believed about the planet’s age a century ago. In 1911, Arthur Holmes was the first to use radiometric dating to calculate the age of the earth. He said it is 1.6 billion years old. It wasn’t until 1956 that the age of 4.55 billion years was put forward. This figure was promoted by Claire Patterson after he used radiometric dating on a group of meteorites, not earth rocks, to estimate the age of the earth.

So, “common knowledge” (at least among scientists who were aware of the issues) a century ago was that the earth was at least 3 billion years younger than what many claim today.

Also, what evidence does anyone have that the meteorites dated by Patterson are the same age as the earth? It is another assumption added to the stack of unverifiable assumptions inherent in every old-earth dating method.

Continue reading to see how dramatically secular estimates for the age of the earth have changed over the past century.

Get Equipped

Get EquippedChristian Unity and the Age of the Earth

We are told that the age of the earth is divisive and “all we need is Jesus.” But what “Jesus” is the Church being asked to believe in? Is it the Jesus of Scripture, or a Jesus of man’s own making? And how does this apply to the age of the earth issue?

In this much-needed presentation, Steve Ham addresses these questions about unity by looking at our Savior’s own prayer in John 17.

News to Note Quick Look

Worm-eating evolution: Backing off back teeth—is this shrew-like rodent evolving backwards?

Alert for amber: Plant mites sail through the sands of time untouched by evolutionary change.

Way out of Africa: Early modern human skull in Asia meets mixed response.

Denisovan DNA: Denisovan DNA’s secrets—unveiled and interpreted

One blood: Belief in human evolution: cause, co-conspirator, or cure for racism?

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