Young vs old dating
In this case, U238 is the “parent” and Pb206 is the “daughter.” Scientists begin by measuring how long it takes for a parent isotope to decay into a daughter isotope.In this particular case, it takes 4,460,000,000 years for half of a sample of U238 to decay into Pb206.In contrast, various scientific dating methods place the age of the earth around 4.5 billion years and the age of the universe around 14.6 billion years.The options to solve the apparent conflict are as follows: the Bible is wrong, the Bible is being interpreted incorrectly, or the scientific data is being interpreted incorrectly.Ultimately, one can hold to views other than young earth creationism and still have an accurate understanding of the core doctrines of the Christian faith.As we interpret it, the Bible indicates that the earth is relatively young.Old earth creationists question why, if the Bible uses symbolism in many other books, can’t metaphor be used in Genesis?
Generally speaking, both old earth and young earth creationists believe in the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of God’s Word.
How does the geologic timescale fit with the view of a young earth?
— Just how many millenia did plants live (created “day” 3) without sunlight (created “day” 4), which all land plants are dependent upon for light, warmth, reproduction, photosynthesis, and their day/night cycles? — God did not “give every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth…” as food for “all the beast… Why would God wait millions/billions of years to declare this? [My friend] has made some excellent points that bear consideration.
They view old-earth arguments developed by naturalistic scientists as primarily being a defense for Darwinian evolution.
They contend that the dating methods are flawed, at best, and are implemented by scientists with bias, presuppositions, and agendas.