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    How Do We Know The Earth Is 4.5 Billion Years Old?

    The 6,000 year age was arrived at by James Ussher, a 17th century Irish Archbishop who counted up estimates of the ages of Abraham’s family listed in the Old Testament and calculated that the creation began (on the Julian calendar) on Saturday, October 22, 4004 BC, at 6 pm. Really.

    Usher made a lot of assumptions, chose to ignore inconsistencies within even those scriptural sources known at that time, and was unaware of certain, now obvious translation issues, importantly including the way the Babylonians counted, but that’s beside the point. As William Henry Green wrote, “The Scriptures furnish no data for a chronological computation prior to the life of Abraham; and the Mosaic records do not fix and were not intended to fix the precise date either of the Flood or of the creation of the world.”

    In other words, even if Ussher’s calculation were correct (it isn’t) it would only tell us when Abraham lived, not when the world was made.
     
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    I'm not an alarmist, but the Earth's magnetic field is weakening faster than climate change.
     
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    Give it Angelo :laugh:. Science is not your strong suit. You're all over the place.
     
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    Why the need to constantly invent straw men? Who believes the Earth was created in 168 hours?
     
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    Real creation science.

    I do because the Bible says so and it took God that long. There was only one witness -- God and he tells all in his autobiography. Evolution says all of it was set up in around 20 mins, but does not state how it all happened. Care to explain?
     
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    I do not believe that God was bound by human understanding of time and space when he created the universe.
     
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    He created light or the EMS and he separated day and night. It was evening and it was morning. Sounds like space time to me. The first day.

    OTOH, the big bang has expansion but into what? Did it make its own space? It would need a void. And where is the light? Radiation? If there was time, there would have to be day, night, morning, and evening. None of that is explained. Can you explain it?
     
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    He created light = the Sun?
    Day and night = rotation of the Earth?
    So when was the Earth created? Is/was it the center of the Universe?

    I think that literal interpretations of words that were written for human understanding thousands of years ago put one inside an intellectual box. Do you also take the Parables literally (i.e., the Prodigal Son was referring to a specific person)? How about the Sun "stopping" in the sky? We now know that the Earth revolves (and rotates) around the Sun, not vice versa. Weren't these words used for human understanding at the time they were written?

    P.S. Why aren't we still reading in Hebrew or speaking Aramaic?
     
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