Creationists' age for the earth
Leonard F. Kuehner
lkuehner at hookup.net
Mon Sep 9 10:02:37 EST 1996
First, let me say, that I am a staunch evolutionist (before fireing any flames
my way), but I have just received the shock of my life. My wife (Ph.D.
biologist) has just begun teaching at a Christian private school (developing
their science program). After only the first week she finds that she has come
up agains some very troubling conceptual problems. For example, the principal
(a rev.) teaches all religion classes (as one would expect). He however, has
been teaching that evolution is naught but a *theory* (true enough) held but
by a select few, and the creation is really what should be accepted. If that
were not bad enough, it seems that he fully believes (and I still, after
several days have trouble believing this) that the earth is *only 6000 years
old*, and that scientists have been making this mistake in aging for some
time. I just cannot believe this. Anyway, my wife is finding that she is
going to have to tread lightly when approaching issues of evolution, and even
geologic age, since the kids seem to discount these findings based on what
they have learned from the minister.
In any event, what I would like to pose here, is where has the magical number
of 6K been derived from. My wife is thinking of cautiously challenging some
of this doctrine, and would like to have some useful ammutition. I have
checked several sources (appart from being a biologist, I have a long standing
interest in the history of science and technology through the ages), but was
at a loss to identify the source. Could anyone provide me with a source
(historical, or sitation), where the age of the earth was calculated to 6K
Your help in this matter is much appreciated as I am completely flabergasted
by this. BTW, this *teacher* does seem to accept Galileo and doesn't appear
to believe in crystaline spheres, a geocentric universe, or a flat earth, so
I suppose there is hope after all.
"Everything has been said before by someone" - Alfred North Whitehead, et al.
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