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Omphalism, sometimes called Last Thursdayism, is the notion that the world was created with the appearance of age: that Adam and Eve were created with navels (from the greek "Omphalos"), implying a birth that never occurred, trees with yearly rings, light already on the way from distant galaxies, and so forth.

The main problem with omphalism is epistemological: it can never be disproved. Any given piece of evidence, be it starlight from a distant quasar or just our memories of a time before last Thursday, might be real, or might have been planted by an omnipotent deity.

Another problem is theological: false evidence of age is deception, and must have been planted by a trickster god.

Christian creationism

"In 1857 Gosse published Omphalos, an Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot. In this book he maintained that God created the earth and life with the appearance of age-that the creation bore false records of a nonexistent past. He proposed, for example, that God made trees with annual rings for years that never existed.[1]"
"Is it completely illogical that the Earth was created mature? i.e. trees created with rings... Adam created as adult...[2]"


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  2. Matt Stopera, 22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution, Buzzfeed, February 5, 2014
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