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What are some evidences for a young Earth?

Here are a few of the evidences for a young Earth:

Earth has a magnetic field that has gradually been decaying.  Since 1835, it has decreased by 14%.  If we go by the uniformitarian concept, then just 7,000 years ago the magnetic field would have been 32 times stronger, and 1 million years ago it would have had such a powerful force that everything, including itself, would have been vaporized.  Clearly, the magnetic field could not have been in existence for millions of years.

The moon has been receding from the Earth at a rate of 4 centimeters per year.  Again, using the uniformitarian concept, just 20,000 years ago the moon would have been so close to the Earth that it would have fallen into our planet.  The moon therefore cannot be over 10,000 years old.

Using the uniformitarian concept where the ocean is billions of years old, it should have 60 to 100 miles of sediment at the ocean floor, but on average the floor is only about ½ miles thick.

Civilization is our last example. The oldest historical records date back to 3500 B.C.  The oldest writings are found on Sumerian tablets dated at 3500 B.C.  Records of ancient languages are never dated beyond 3000 B.C.  Using population growth statistics, we could have reached our current rate of population in just 3200 years.  However, if man has been in existence for millions of years, we would have an overwhelming population of humans today and the Earth would be uncomfortably crowded.

RTG recommends this article from Dr. Johnathan Sarfati regarding flaws in the evolutionary understanding of earth processes and dating methods, as well as more evidence for a young earth.  Included at the bottom of the article are two related videos.  (Note: after clicking the following link, you will be taken to an introduction video.  After it plays, or if you choose to close out that video, you can then view the article.)  

 

Source: Answers in Genesis

 

More information can be found at:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/contents/379/aid/v6/YEC-summary-defense.pdf   and

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v7/n4/ten-best-evidences

What is the difference between operational and historical science?

Science in and of itself means “knowledge” and knowledge can be attained through two types of sciences: observational and historical.

 

Source: Answers in Genesis

Operational science is the broad field of science where experiments are performed and results are observed.  In this field, which includes chemistry, physics, hydraulics, engineering, modern technology, etc., experiments can be done to test a hypothesis, and the experiment can be repeated to measure validity and reliability.  This is the type of science that has given us computers, cell phones, televisions, and put men on the moon. 

Source: Answers in Genesis

Historical science includes the fields of archaeology and paleontology, to name a few.  These scientists “dig up the past” and come to conclusions based on interpretations of the evidence.  The interpretations are based on the scientist’s worldview and therefore are subjective.  Various forms of radiometric dating can be performed on the artifacts to determine how old they are, but these dating methods are based on assumptions

 

Both the Theory of Evolution and Creationism are historical sciences because all things studied have happened in the past.  The evidence use to support evolution is the same evidence used to support Creation but the differences depend on the worldview-based interpretations of the evidence.  Both have reasonable conclusions, but only one can be correct since they are complete opposites.   

What was significant about the Age of Enlightenment?

You may have read about this era in history or philosophy books.  The Age of Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries.  It was a time when people shifted away from relying on God’s Word and instead focused on the views of man.  The Bible was seen as unreliable while man’s word was cherished and held in high regard.  This was a time where philosophical ideas were readily accepted, and there was more focus on rationality and science (implying that the Bible lacked rationality).  This era in history affected religion, politics, and culture. Philosophers without a scientific background began proposing ideas about how everything on Earth and in space came into existence. This is also a time when Spiritualism began.  Many of the philosophers were involved in this occult practice.  The scientific theories such as the origin of life and the age of the Earth were being formed and reformed at this time.