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Geological Age Criticism: Two Responses
And a Few Good Lessons


If a student ever challenges you with criticisms of the reliability or validity of geological age-dating methods, point out that...

1. all such critiques so far have been soundly discredited, and
2. there is, to date, NO empirical evidence or study that even suggests a young Earth (6.000 to 10,000 year age).

Provide a copy of Evidence for Ancient Earth (links and introductions for two articles, one by Christian physicist Roger Wiens, the other by radiochronologist G. Brent Dalrymple). Then tactfully and gently challenge that person to bring you a link to any empirical study pointing to a young Earth. After all, this is the way scientists test alternative ideas.

For a broader perspective, for students who have deep conflicts between their religious views and the scientific findings of modern geology, recommend this book: Young, Davis A., and Ralph F. Stearley. 2008. The Bible, Rocks and Time. IVP Academic, Illinois. This excellent book provides an in-depth Christian perspective of the history and various interpretations of biblical accounts of creation vs the solid geological evidence of an ancient Earth. Special attention is given to the many assertions by Young-Earth Creationists and how those views simply do not fit real world observations and their most rational interpretations. Any student or teacher wanting to find resolution to perceived conflicts between their Young-Earth views and modern geology should read this book. It also includes an excellent historical review of the development of geology and paleontology. CLICK HERE for a review of the book and a link to order it online.

BTW, correspondence with one of the authors (Stearley) revealed a significant error on page 310: The thickest part of the Uinta Basin of the Green River formation in NE Utah is around 10,000 ft. (not 22,000 as printed). Also, earlier, on page 259, the 2500 ft. measure for the thickest part of the Green River formation refers only to the Green River Basin proper in SW Wyoming.

LABS FOR TEACHING GEOLOGICAL AGE: Seriously consider providing a few experiences for your students that offer compelling evidence for a very old Earth (several billions of years). Take a look especially at these on the ENSI site:
Varve Dating (students actually count the annual layers in a sample of ancient lake bed sediments of the Green River formation, and extrapolate to several million years, based on the total thickness of the formation.)
Deep Time (introduces the Virtual Age Dating tutorial)
Virtual Age Dating (online tutorials; can be done as homework assignment)
Find these lessons (and others) in Geo-Paleo section of the Evolution Index
Patterns in Time (students relate deep time to familiar time in the same scale)

MORE CLAIMS AGAINST THE SCIENCE OF GEOLOGY:

FATAL FLAWS of FLOOD GEOLOGY
by Christopher Geegory Weber
1980

COMMON CREATIONIST ATTACKS AGAINST GEOLOGY:
ANSWERS
1980

This article addresses specific events in Genesis about the Noah Flood, and tests these assertions by looking for the geological evidence that should result from those events.

SIX "FLOOD" ARGUMENTS CREATIONISTS CANT ANSWER
by Robert J. Schadewald
1982

QUESTIONING "FLOOD GEOLOGY"
by William Parkinson
2004

THE DEFEAT OF FLOOD GEOLOGY
BY FLOOD GEOLOGY

The ironic demonstration that there is no trace of the Genesis Flood
in the geologic record.
by Phil Senter
2011
Go to the Reports of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
vol. 31, no. 5 (2011)
Try http://reports.ncse.com/index.php/rncse/article/view/40
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