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Akatsuki_Ninja

Earth is about 4.54 billion years old.

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Very old...

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about 4.6 billion years old according to scientists

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Too old.

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To old

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tooooooooooooooo old

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Evolutionist theory - 4.6 billion years
Biblical theory - around 6,000 years.

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Woah, they really think it's only 6,000? That's just really sad -_-
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Well, I think it could possibly be older than 6,000, but not 4.6 billion. Of course, we're not sure though.
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Why not 4.6 billion? There's tons of evidence to support it 0.o
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Shouldn't catagorize like that.
"Christian" Theory is not believed by all christians, it's also a belief not a theory. It's a biblical sum of all the years represented in the bible. It's also not just christians,judaism believes this as well.
"Evolutionsists" theory is a shared theory between scientific and archeological theories and remains a theory still simply because we cannot guarantee that we know for sure.
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The religious belief isn't a "theory" at all since it is disproven by all evidence.

A theory in science is the highest level of support an idea gets. Gravity, evolution, the heliocentric model of the solar system...these are all theories.
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I bet Older than you

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Doubt it.
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Well, i am 10,000 years old......in dog years
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That's your business my guy.
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The earth could have been here billions of years before God decided to put us as a race of people on it 6000 years ago....Genesis 1:2 says God moved upon the darkness and waters that were there.

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Except humans have existed for 200,000 years. For crying out loud, the Sumerians invented GLUE 7000 years ago.
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None of us were there to prove it. My Bible is breathed from God. I choose to believe Him.
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So I guess if you walk into a room and you see your child with cookie crumbs all over his face and an empty cookie jar then you'll still never know how the cookies disappeared because you weren't there to see it.
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Thats clever & funny Trusty.. There will always be 2 sides huh ?
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Actually we can prove it and have. DNA analysis can track human genomes throughout thousands of generations. We have been able to trace the migrations of all the people in the world, back to Africa.
Carbon dating on human remains shows how old humanity has truly been around.
6000 years is only from when the Bronze Age took affect in the Middle East and that is why the Bible sources it as the moment of creation.
We have civilizations older than 6000 years even.
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By your faulty logic Betty, how can you believe in Jesus since you weren't there?
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2013

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like ur pic!!!!!
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Really? You think it all started at some year zero? C'mon.
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Its turning 5 tomorrow

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the earth is approx 7 thousand years old

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Way off.
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Native American settlers have been here longer than that. There are ruins older than that.
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as far back as Adam and Eve or as back when God made Earth

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Recently updated a cant remember the new age. Older than 4.6 billion

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According to evolutionists, 4.6 billion years. They say humans have been on earth for 3.5 billion. Guessing by the Bible, which I believe in, the earth is 5,000-6,000 years old.

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No, life has existed 3.5 billion years. Humans have existed for 200,000 years.
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FYI: The scientific discipline associated with the age of the Earth and universe is cosmology. Evolution is the purview of the biologic sciences. There is no direct connection between the two disciplines.
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What's an "evolutionist"? :-/
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An evolutionist is one that believes in evolution. I didn't make it up. It's a real word.
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No it isn't. It's a word invented by creationists to make it sound like evolution is a belief when it isn't.

Evolution is based on 150 years of hard evidence- it requires no more belief than gravity, and you wouldn't call someone who accepts the theory of gravity as a gravitationist.

"Evolutionist" is a nonsense term.
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Evolutionist
Noun. One that believes in the theories of evolution and natural selection

Adjective.
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Evolutionist.
Adjective. Of or relating to the theories of evolution and natural selection.
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Again- it's not a real term. Evolution does not require belief since it is based on evidence.

Are you now a gravitationist because you "believe" in the theory of gravitation? A heliocentrism because you "believe" in the theory that the sun is the center of the solar system? Of course not- one either accepts the reality of scientific facts or, like creationists, denies them.

Creationists made up the term to try and reduce evolution to their level of belief, but it doesn't fly.
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The word is in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. I'm looking at it as I type this. I'm not a liar. I know what I'm talking about. Just because you've never heard the word, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
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It's just a term that distinguishes one belief from another.
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@40dawg: I am sure Skeptikitten has heard the term -- for more often than she would like. I agree with you that the term is in the dictionary, and I have even used the term even though I am on Skeptikitten's side on this issue (I am watchful now since learning from you how loaded it is, Skepti). However, as a scientist and biologist, she comes from a different angle on this term than we do. She is on the front line of the war on scientific truths. Her experience is that this term has been weaponized by Creationists for the purposes she stated above. Just wanted to add this to the discussion mix.
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@40dawg: I didn't see you last comment until I posted my last comment. That is the point Skepti is making. Evolution is NOT a belief. Creationism IS a belief.
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Evolution is a belief because it hasn't been proven. There are some parts that are true. But saying that we came from microorganisms that were born in the water has not been proven. But you're believing that's what happened. That's why it's a belief. You get what I'm saying?
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@40dawg: As long as the door has been opened on using the dictionary to provide evidence, here is the definition of the noun "belief" according to Dictionary.com:

1. something believed; an opinion or conviction: such as a belief that the earth is flat.
2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: such as a statement unworthy of belief.

Since definition #1 uses the verb derivative of "belief", we must consider the definition of "believe" as well which reads, "to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:"

So belief seems to be defined as that which is more like an opinion and not based necessarily on rigorous proof. Creationism is based entirely on the belief that the Bible is absolutely and infallibly true with no scientific evidence to support that truth. Evolution on the other hand is based on rigorous application of the scientific method with 150 years of empirical research which is in turn based on well-known, observable, and undeniable facts. There is absolutely no comparison between Creationism and evolution. Even if one considers evolution a belief, it is well-substantiated belief as opposed to a belief based on nothing more than tradition.
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As Cal stated, beliefs are not based on evidence. Evolution is. As a theory, evolution is as proven as anything in science gets. We not only have mountains of evidence for it, but we can directly observe it.

Evolution denial is basically on par with believing in a flat Earth at this point.
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www.nas.edu/evolution/

^^ One stop shop for your evolution needs ^^
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I also refer the average layperson to
http://evolution.berkeley.edu

Or to
http://www.talkorigins.org
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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth billions of years ago this earth age was created approximately 12,000 years ago Adam and Eve or treated about 6000 years ago man in women the races were created before Adam and Eve and God said it was good so there you go God created the earth in the beginning of time billions of years ago he created man just a short time ago that's what the Bible says not what man says

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What about early human-like species that date back 2-7 million years ago?
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The problem with the early human theory is that, if there were such a species, one would have to prove the link to where we are today. The fact is, that the fossils records through out the world does not indicate such a species. We have dinosaur fossils that show they actually existed at one point in time, but there are no fossils that would show the same for the early human species, which is also the problem evolutionist have today, it's only theory.
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No- completely wrong. We have dozens of species of fossil hominid.

Not to mention that a theory is the highest level of support an idea can get in science- gravity is a theory.
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I can't believe grown adults still believe that 6,000 year nonsense. Here's a link for those that wish to live in reality.
www.nas.edu/evolution/
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Yes cal it's very shocking and sad.
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This is backed on many assumptions, assumptions that are allowed to carry over into other dating methods. I'm not gonna debate it. In college I did a pretty extensive study on the age of the earth. Even the ones who come up with the methods do admit that much of the foundations that the dating methods are backed on are merely assumptions, but you must go to the foundations on which these methods are based. The problem is, is people want to believe everything they hear, or see, it's easy, I know.
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Skept. Where can I find your fossils? I have studied the fossils my self. I have actually laid my hands on them. I don't remember seeing anything as you say. But would be interested to see.
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www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/humans/humankind/a.html

For those that want the facts about fossils, there you go.
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Again it's full of assumptions that they use to build their case. I'm not saying its true or false, I'm just saying stay with in facts in what can be 100% proven, that's all.
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I find it odd that someone that bases their entire belief system on nothing but assumptions would be such a stickler for 100% zero assumptions.

If in the distant future archaeologists found every bit of a bicycle except for a nut and a screw I don't believe it would be an assumption to call it a bicycle.

(PS~ I'm not here to convince you of the truth, I'm only commenting so that anyone reading this will not buy into your conformation bias.)
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I don't get how people can deny the last century and a half of scientific evidence in favor of Bronze Age myths either, Cal. Honestly I find it a bit terrifying, and I fear for the future of America in a world increasingly reliant on science and technology, with this kind of willful ignorance becoming so prevalent.
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Plus I must ask, have you've even read the website. Lot of inconsistencies there.
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Pumpkin, if you could show evolution was incorrect you could step up and claim a Nobel. Good luck with that, when every shred of evidence from the last century and a half confirms it. We can watch it in action- I see it every day in my own lab.
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@Jho. Yes I have, and I see no inconsistencies.

Perhaps instead of demanding more facts, after facts are presented, you could provide FACTS of your own beliefs. That way people could compare the two and decide for themselves.
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@Jho. I would think an hour would be enough time to collect at least some evidence to support your belief, but if you need more time I would understand.
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6,000-10,000 years old, according to the Bible, population stats, and the thermal dynamics of the earth.

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Not even close.
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So I suppose you have the 100% factual evidence. Please share.
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The age of the Earth is illustrated through radio metric dating, mass and luminosity of the stars in our system, and further confirmed through crystallography, geochemistry, mineralogy, and geochronology.

The dating of zircon from Western Australia is consistent with both terrestrial and lunar examples, and the Ca-Al inclusions (oldest known solid constituents of the meteorites that formed within our solar system) are 4.56 billion years old, providing the upper limit for the age of the Earth.


Belief that the planet is only 6-10,000 years old is quite frankly lunacy, based on Bronze Age mythology not actual evidence. We have human settlements alone that are far older than ten thousand years. The Sumerians invented GLUE 7 thousand years ago, for crying out loud.
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There are about 75 different ways if dating the earth, one is always better then the other and more advance (note sarcasm) I'm saying look at what can be proven with out a shadow of a double instead of assumptions. I can't even agree with this all the way because things changes, but if you look at the rate of the sun decreasing and ASSUME that rate has always been the same, then just 20 million years ago the sun would have had to been the size of the earths orbit. Being I nor anyone can PROVE the rate of the suns decrease has or has not changed then I take it as not being fact. But really, what's the point of the question or the answer?
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I don't think you understand how radio metric dating works. Or physics for that matter. Every method since the advent of radio metric dating has confirmed the same age range of the Earth.

And are you aware that NOTHING in science is EVER "without a shadow of a doubt". Science by definition must be falsifiable.

To think the Earth is only a few thousand years old requires a stunning level of denial.
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And you basically just keep ignoring the evidence and saying "nuh uh" without providing a shred of evidence for your suppositions.
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I think you are missing my point here.
Being someone of your caliber would surely know about the assumptions thermal dynamics put in place. When using radioactive dating you have to assume that no per existing elements that are present in the object that you are testing. For example: if I were testing the radio activeness in a rock to see how old it is and I found it to be 4 million years old. People with the mind set of yours would say well it's 4 million years old, assuming there were no preexisting elements or doctor elements in it such as led, or just water that would dilute the elements.
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I'm just saying, you're looking at only the facts handed to you. But really think about it for a minute. You don't have to agree with me but assumptions are not always fact.
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You realize scientists actually test for contaminants and other factors that could skew age when dating an object or material? You seem to have this fundamental misunderstanding of how science works- we by design must take into account all the variables, and our work must be not only objective but repeatable and verifiable. Experiments and tests are run dozens or hundreds of times before results are published, and they are always peer reviewed.

We're not making assumptions.
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Hundreds of independent tests run on diverse materials by diverse groups over decades all get the same result- the Earth is over 4 billion years old.

You still have provided zero evidence for your outrageous claim. In fact, you seem to go out of your way to avoid actually backing up your claims with evidence.
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I'm not saying this is out there. I am speaking from my own experience and studies, like I've said before. I work in a heavenly science related field except I work with human remains. I choose not to adhere to this method because I see assumptions being held to these studies. It's the same concept as someone believing someone can be born gay or not. The people that right these findings are just as human as you and I. I may be wrong when compared to someone else's work, or right when compared to another. It's differences of interpretation to scientific fact. I can draw a conclusion from a peace of evidence just as much as the next guy. That's the great thing about living in America. We don't have to agree. But it seems as if you can only draw a conclusion from someone else's work, and if you agree with that, that's fine too, but I have formed mine from my own work, which both pounds can be valid, but if you'd like me to post someone else's work I can.
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Not one side is indisputable. I believe you just want to argue, but to be honest, who really cares how old the earth is?
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But just out of curiosity, how would someone know for sure there were no preexisting elements in something and the rate of thermal dynamics has always been the same.
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5774 years from creation.

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Just nonsense. It is astounding that allegedly intelligent adults still believe what you posted.
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Based on a variety of disparate and trusted methods of measurement, science has found the universe to be about 14 billion years old and the Earth to be about 4.6 billion years old. As our knowledge increases and existing dating methods are refined and new dating methods are discovered, these ages will gradually become more and more precise.

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Way older than me !

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4.54 billion years old. Here's a good place to start your research...

www.universetoday.com/75805/how-old-is-the-earth/

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Young-earth proponents (biblical age of the earth and universe of about 6,000 years)
Old-earth proponents (secular age of the earth of about 4.5 billion years and a universe about 14 billion years old).
Creationists ultimately date the earth using the chronology of the Bible. This is because they believe that this is an accurate eyewitness account of world history, which can be shown to be consistent with much data.

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@Straw: I wouldn't necessarily label Old Earth proponents as secular since most theists are in agreement with the scientific data.
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Every year, more and more Natural Chronometers indicating a Young Earth are being identified. While the majority of scientists still presuppose an Old Earth, 80% of the observable data indicates a Young Earth. With the weight of evidence indicating a Young Earth, the ranks of Young Earth advocate groups has swelled.
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Agree that the earth is billions of years old. Everybody is just guessing because mans historical records go back only 6,000 years at the most. When we go back beyond this time, the scientific dates are all we have.
But others have a interesting question:
Was all physical creation accomplished in just six days sometime within the past 6,000 to 10,000 years? The facts disagree with such a conclusion;? #1. Light from the Andromeda nebula can be seen on a clear night in the northern hemisphere.
It takes about 2,000,000 years for that
light to reach the earth, indicating the the UNIVERSE must be at least millions if not billions of years old. #2. End products of radioactive decay in rocks in the earth testify that some rock formations have not been in disturbed for billions of years. (Genesis 1:3-31)
Is not discussing the original creation of matter or of the heavenly bodies. It describes the preparation of the already existing earth for human habitation. This included creation of the basic kinds of vegetation, marine life, flying creatures, land animals, and the first human pair. All of this is said to have been done within a period of six (days) However, the Hebrew word translated (day) has a variety of meanings, including 'a long time; the time covering an extraordinary event.'
The term allows for the thought that each "day" could have been thousands of years in length.

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