Scientific Evidences for a Young Earth
The following are a list of articles that present
evidences of a young earth. They can be read directly from the Answers in Genesis website.
The earth is only a few thousand years old. That’s a fact, plainly
revealed in God’s Word. So we should expect to find plenty of evidence
for its youth. And that’s what we find—in the earth’s geology, biology,
paleontology, and even astronomy.
Literally hundreds of dating methods could be used to attempt an
estimate of the earth’s age, and the vast majority of them point to a
much younger earth than the 4.5 billion years claimed by secularists.
The following series of articles presents what Answers in Genesis
researchers picked as the ten best scientific evidences that contradict
billions of years and confirm a relatively young earth and universe.
Despite this wealth of evidence, it is important to understand that,
from the perspective of observational science, no one can prove
absolutely how young (or old) the universe is. Only one dating method
is absolutely reliable—a witness who doesn’t lie, who has all evidence,
and who can reveal to us when the universe began!
And we do have such a witness—the God of the Bible! He has given us a
specific history, beginning with the six days of Creation and followed
by detailed genealogies that allow us to determine when the universe
began. Based on this history, the beginning was only about six thousand
years ago (about four thousand years from Creation to Christ).
In the rush to examine all these amazing scientific “evidences,” it’s
easy to lose sight of the big picture. Such a mountain of scientific
evidence, accumulated by researchers, seems to obviously contradict the
supposed billions of years, so why don’t more people rush to accept the
truth of a young earth based on the Bible?
The problem is, as we consider the topic of origins, all so-called
“evidences” must be interpreted. Facts don’t speak for themselves.
Interpreting the facts of the present becomes especially difficult when
reconstructing the historical events that produced those present-day
facts, because no humans have always been present to observe all the
evidence and to record how all the evidence was produced.
Forensic scientists must make multiple assumptions about things they
cannot observe. How was the original setting different? Were different
processes in play? Was the scene later contaminated? Just one wrong
assumption or one tiny piece of missing evidence could totally change
how they reconstruct the past events that led to the present-day
WHEN DISCUSSING THE AGE OF THE EARTH, CHRISTIANS MUST BE READY TO
EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF STARTING POINTS. THE BIBLE IS THE RIGHT
That’s why, when discussing the age of the earth, Christians must be
ready to explain the importance of starting points and assumptions.
Reaching the correct conclusions requires the right starting point.
The Bible is that starting point. This is the revealed Word of the
almighty, faithful, and true Creator, who was present to observe all
events of earth history and who gave mankind an infallible record of
key events in the past.
The Bible, God’s revelation to us, gives us the foundation that enables
us to begin to build the right worldview to correctly understand how
the present and past are connected. All other documents written by man
are fallible, unlike the “God-breathed” infallible Word (2 Timothy
3:16). The Bible clearly and unmistakably describes the creation of the
universe, the solar system, and the earth around six thousand years
ago. We know that it’s true based on the authority of God’s own
character. “Because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by
Himself” (Hebrews 6:13).
In one sense, God’s testimony is all we need; but God Himself tells us
to give reasons for what we believe (1 Peter 3:15). So it is also
important to conduct scientific research (that is part of taking
dominion of the earth, as Adam was told to do in Genesis 1:28). With
this research we can challenge those who reject God’s clear Word and
defend the biblical worldview.
Indeed, God’s testimony must have such a central role in our thinking
that it seems demeaning even to call it the “best” evidence of a young
earth. It is, in truth, the only foundation upon which all other
evidences can be correctly understood!
The 10 Best Evidences from Science
that Confirm a Young Earth
#1 Very Little Sediment on the Seafloor
The Sands of Time: A Biblical Model of Deep Sea-Floor Sedimentation
The Sands of Time: A Biblical Model of Deep Sea-Floor Sedimentation (pdf)
“Sea Salt, Erosion, and Sediments” from Earth’s Catastrophic Past1 (pdf)
#2 Bent Rock Layers
Rock Layers Folded, Not Fractured
“Soft-Sediment Deformation Features” from Earth’s Catastrophic Past2 (pdf)
“Megasequences of North America” from Earth’s Catastrophic Past3 (pdf)
#3 Soft Tissue in Fossils
Two: Those Not-So-Dry Bones
More Soft Tissue in “Old” Fossils
#4 Faint Sun Paradox
The Young Faint Sun Paradox and the Age of the Solar System
#5 Rapidly Decaying Magnetic Field
The Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Young
The Earth’s Magnetic Field and the Age of the Earth
“The Earth’s Magnetic Field” from Earth’s Catastrophic Past4 (pdf)
#6 Helium in Radioactive Rocks
Helium Diffusion Rates Support Accelerated Nuclear Decay
Young Helium Diffusion Age of Zircons Supports Accelerated Nuclear Decay
The Age of the Earth’s Atmosphere Estimated by its Helium Content
“Helium in Rocks and in the Atmosphere” from Earth’s Catastrophic Past5 (pdf)
#7 Carbon-14 in Fossils, Coal, and Diamonds
Carbon-14 in Fossils and Diamonds
Carbon-14 Evidence for a Recent Global Flood and a Young Earth
Measurable 14C in Fossilized Organic Materials: Confirming the Young Earth Creation-Flood Model
“The Pitfalls in the Radioactive Dating Methods—The Radiocarbon Dating Method” from Earth’s Catastrophic Past6 (pdf)
“Carbon-14 Dating” from Thousands . . . not Billions7 (pdf)
#8 Short-Lived Comets
Comets and the Age of the Solar System
Kuiper Belt Objects: Solution to Short-Period Comets?
More Problems for the ‘Oort Comet Cloud’
#9 Very Little Salt in the Sea
The Sea’s Missing Salt: A Dilemma for Evolutionists
“Sea Salt, Erosion, and Sediments” from Earth’s Catastrophic Past8 (pdf)
#10 DNA in “Ancient” Bacteria
Bacterial Life in Ancient Salt