How Old Did You Say?
The age of the earth and objects in it are the critical issue in the Creation/evolution controversy. Evolutionists for decades have claimed that they can determine the age of things by using radioactive tests. One of the earliest tests they invented was one that determined the proportion of uranium and lead in a rock that supposedly gave an age for the rock. When this test proved to be unreliable, they came up with rubidium/strontium, potassium/argon and thermoluminescence to name just a few. These, as well as radiocarbon dating, have each been held up as giving absolute dates for the objects tested. That is until each one was shown to be unreliable. In the March 2005 edition of the evolutionist magazine Discover is this quote. “the standard technique of discovering how old objects are, radiocarbon dating, turns out to be rather imprecise for short time frames”, page 22. Long term radiocarbon measurements are even more imprecise. But evolutionists are nothing if not inventive, so before they throw out the old, they make certain that they have the new.
The article “How We Know Earth’s Age” claims that now evolutionists finally have a reliable testing method argon/argon. Of course these are exactly the same claims made about all of the other, now discarded, methods. Evolutionists will hold up this new method of age determination with their usual vigor, until the errors in it accumulate to the point where they cannot be ignored. Then they will dump it, after inventing a new method.
In a backhanded salute to Creationists as well as an unintended tribute to the effect we are having on evolutionism and society as a whole, is this quote in bold type in the middle of the article. “Argon-argon dating is powerful and widely applicable: It is how scientists know that Earth is 4.5 billion years old and not 6004 years, as some biblical literalists believe”. One of the fascinating things about this quote is that evolutionists themselves don’t claim to have found rocks older than about 3.5 billion years old. The other billion years they impute to the earth based on their assumptions about how long it would take for certain things to happen.
The age of the earth is the critical issue in the Creation/evolution controversy. Just as evolutionists cannot give up their invented billions of years without abandoning their religion, so to Christians cannot compromise on the age of the earth without becoming illogical and inconsistent in their beliefs.