Laurie Appleton: LA> Perhaps I have misunderstood what you had in mind when
you wrote your message. Nothing in the Bible however, provides any grounds
for any reasonable doubt that the creation of all life occurred about
approximately 6,000 years ago! It is all provided in the records that it
Charles P: Which interpretation really fits the evidence?
The earliest stromatolite of
confirmed microbial origin dates to 2.724 billion years ago.
2 The creation of all life occurred approximately 6,000 years ago.
Charles P: What is the evidence for each interpretation?
1 There is a consensus among scientists that radiometric dating is both
"precise" and "accurate".
2 There are some very intelligent, respectable Bible students who have
carefully studied the Hebrew and Greek scriptures and they told me that it
is obvious to true believers.
This article tells me
very clearly that "the Bible does not support such a conclusion. If it did,
then many scientific discoveries over the past hundred years would indeed
discredit the Bible. A careful study of the Bible text reveals no conflict
with established scientific facts".
Charles P: What can I do to understand the methods used to determine the
age of the earth?
I can study the science
and then find the data used to calculate the ages. If I use the same data
and the same methods, I should get the same results.
I can study many different versions of the
Bible and then quote the chapters and verses that give me the same results
of 6,000 years old for the age of the earth.
Charles P: What happened to me when I investigated the question "How old is
1. I understand radiometric dating. When I use the data and methods
provided, I get the same results as do the scientists. I have several
reasons to believe that radiometric dating is "precise", but "not accurate".
However, accuracy must be measured by making a comparison to a known
"accurate" standard. I do not know the accurate values, so I must
"tentatively" accept the dates used by scientists. Those dates are still
useful in discussions about the description of the diversity of life because
they are "precise". Whether or not the dates are scientifically "accurate"
or not does not change what I have written in our discussions of the
diversity of life.
2 I understand where "It is written" in the Bible. I have several reasons
to believe that "It is NOT WRITTEN" in the Bible and there are no specific
chapters and verses that a consensus of Bible scholars would conclude is the
accurate value for the age of the earth. It is OK to believe whatever you
wish, but it is unscientific to use 6,000 years as the age of the earth in
discussions about the description of the diversity of life until there is
evidence to support that conclusion. On the question of "How old is the
earth?", the Bible is "not precise" and, therefore, must be considered "not
accurate" as a source for answering this one question. And that is OK. The
information in the Bible is still useful in answering many other questions.
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