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'''Young Earth Creationism''' is the belief that the Earth and the rest of the [[Universe]] was created in seven days about 6 thousand years ago as stated in the First Chapter of Genesis
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'''Young-Earth [[creationism|creationists]]''' (YECs) believe that [[God]] created the [[Earth]] and all life on it in six 24-hour days, exactly as described in [[Genesis]], and that the [[universe]] (and by extension the Earth) is less than 10,000 years old. These YEC claims contradict a number established scientific and historical precepts.
'''Young-Earth [[creationism|creationists]]''' (YECs) believe that [[Yahweh]] created the [[Earth]] and all life on it in six 24-hour days, exactly as described in [[Genesis]], and that the [[universe]] (and by extension the Earth) is less than 10,000 years old. Surprisingly some of its proponents appear to be reasonably intelligent.  The First Chapter of Genesis is riddled with contradictions and implausible statements as is the rest of the [[Bible]].
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==Scientific difficulties with Young Earth Creationism==
 
==Scientific difficulties with Young Earth Creationism==
#The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andromeda_Galaxy Great Andromeda Galaxy] is 2 million light years away.  Other galaxies are further away.  How did the light from there reach us in 6 thousand years? 
 
#Cosmologists have found evidence that the Big Bang happened [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_universe over 13 billion years ago].  Is it likely that so many respected scientists are wrong and a few theologians are right? 
 
#Radiocarbon dating and other methods of dating suggest that the Earth and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formation_and_evolution_of_the_Solar_System Solar System] are over 4 billion years old.  Geologists see evidence of many different geological processes taking place over millions of years, hundreds of millions of years and thousands of millions of years.  Is it likely that so respected scientists are wrong and a few theologians are right? 
 
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===Speed of Light===
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One problem with Young Earth Creationism is with light. Supposedly, according to Young-Earth Creationists, the universe is 10,000 years old. Since light travels in light years, we would only be able to see stars that are less than 10,000 light years away. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andromeda_Galaxy Great Andromeda Galaxy] is 2 million light years away. Other galaxies are even further away. Scientists have seen stars that are at least 13 billion light years away from the Earth. If the universe was only 10,000 years old, the light from these objects would not be able to be seen by telescopes.
  
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===Universe Formation Problem===
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Modern cosmology has established that the universe as we know it is about 13.7 billion years old. This is, by far, much older than what creationists say. The evidence consistently correlates with the model of the Big Bang.
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====Age of Earth====
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One topic that comes up frequently is the Age of Earth. Young-Earth creationists believe that Earth is about 6,000 years old. This contrasts with radiometric dating of the Earth, which puts her age at 4.6 billion years. Rocks from space also have been dated around 4.6 billion years. Geologists also track changes in the Earth happening over millions of years, such as plate tectonics and mountain building.
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==Other Scientific Difficulties==
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#Fossil remains and artifacts in the Americas show that humanity migrated to the Americas thousands of years before Young-Earth creationists believe when the Earth was created. Does the biblical textual evidence outweigh physical evidence?  In the opinion of [[Biblical literalism|Bible literalists]] it aparently does, even though the bible says pi is 3, bats are birds, whales are fish and that displaying striped patterns to a pregnant cow will make it give birth to striped cats (the bible is, under no context a valid scientific resource.).
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==External links==
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*[http://www.talkorigins.org/origins/faqs-youngearth.html The Age of the Earth]  [[Talk Origins]] article
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*[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Young_Earth_creationism Young Earth creationism] One of [[RationalWiki]]'s best articles
  
  
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Young-Earth creationists (YECs) believe that God created the Earth and all life on it in six 24-hour days, exactly as described in Genesis, and that the universe (and by extension the Earth) is less than 10,000 years old. These YEC claims contradict a number established scientific and historical precepts.

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Scientific difficulties with Young Earth Creationism

Speed of Light

One problem with Young Earth Creationism is with light. Supposedly, according to Young-Earth Creationists, the universe is 10,000 years old. Since light travels in light years, we would only be able to see stars that are less than 10,000 light years away. The Great Andromeda Galaxy is 2 million light years away. Other galaxies are even further away. Scientists have seen stars that are at least 13 billion light years away from the Earth. If the universe was only 10,000 years old, the light from these objects would not be able to be seen by telescopes.

Universe Formation Problem

Modern cosmology has established that the universe as we know it is about 13.7 billion years old. This is, by far, much older than what creationists say. The evidence consistently correlates with the model of the Big Bang.

Age of Earth

One topic that comes up frequently is the Age of Earth. Young-Earth creationists believe that Earth is about 6,000 years old. This contrasts with radiometric dating of the Earth, which puts her age at 4.6 billion years. Rocks from space also have been dated around 4.6 billion years. Geologists also track changes in the Earth happening over millions of years, such as plate tectonics and mountain building.

Other Scientific Difficulties

  1. Fossil remains and artifacts in the Americas show that humanity migrated to the Americas thousands of years before Young-Earth creationists believe when the Earth was created. Does the biblical textual evidence outweigh physical evidence? In the opinion of Bible literalists it aparently does, even though the bible says pi is 3, bats are birds, whales are fish and that displaying striped patterns to a pregnant cow will make it give birth to striped cats (the bible is, under no context a valid scientific resource.).

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