We have a real winner for you today from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He also brought you the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
We’ve had a few prior posts about AIG’s reasoning as to why the earth and the whole universe are only 6,000 years old. For example, see Creationism: How Old Is the Earth? But today’s article sums it all up rather neatly.
It’s titled Dating Techniques. No, despite the tantalizing title, the article isn’t a listing of helpful creationist pick-up lines. It’s AIG’s response to this question someone sent them:
You say the Universe is 6000 years old and that current scientific dating techniques are incorrect. How incorrect are they? Are they off by 10%, 90%? Because even if they are off by an incredible 90% the universe is still roughly 1.4 billion years old..So your position is that all techniques used in Geology, cosmology and Physics are wrong..And not just off but a little, but by an incredibly large error..How do you reconcile that position?
That’s an excellent question. How does AIG answer it? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
In a nutshell, yes, we are saying that almost all current scientific dating techniques are incorrect, because God as the almighty Creator has told us the age of the universe by direct revelation in His Word. He has told us the universe is only about 6,000 years old, and we accept that on His authority.
That’s rather straightforward. One must admire their doctrinal tenacity. Let’s read on:
So our position is that all the dating techniques used in geology, cosmology, and physics are wrong when they claim that the universe is 13–15 billion years old and the earth about 4.5 billion years old. All the dating techniques are based on assumptions, and the main assumption is the constancy of the process rates used to calculate those ages. Since that assumption is used in all the dating techniques of geology, cosmology, and physics, then if that assumption is wrong, then so are all the dates.
Geology, cosmology, and physics are wrong — all wrong! You want evidence? Creationists don’t need evidence! We continue:
According to God’s Word that assumption of constancy of process rates is wrong. Not only has He told us in the book of Genesis of His creation of the universe and everything in it in six normal-length days (emphasized again in Exodus 20:11), but geologic and other processes were accelerated during the catastrophic global Flood in the days of Noah
If that doesn’t convince you, then there’s no hope. Here’s more:
That’s how we reconcile our position that the secular scientists are wrong in making the assumption of constancy of process rates. Yes, the age estimates made by the scientists using the assumption of naturalism are off by almost 100%!
Does AIG know what “off by almost 100%” means? No, and they don’t care. The article goes on and on, but it keeps saying the same thing. Here’s one more excerpt:
Whom then do we trust, and where do we put our faith? In God or man? Our position is that we trust God and believe His Word as our authority. Man’s interpretation of the evidence is wrong because it is based on the wrong assumption.
There you are, dear reader. Deal with it. Do you want to be in heaven, with ol’ Hambo, or would you rather endure eternity in the Lake of Fire? The choice is yours.
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