Meteorites, Circular Reasoning, and the Age of the Earth

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

The age of the Earth is determined primarily through radiometric dating methods. However, radiometric dating is loaded with scientific difficulties, circular reasoning, presuppositions, and other anti-science posturing by long-age proponents. (Links to an eight-part series on radiometric dating difficulties can be found here, and you can also search the site for articles on "age of the earth".) The workers at the Darwin Ranch don't bother to use Earth rocks very much. Instead, they calculate the putative age of the Earth from space rocks.

The age of the Earth is primarily calculated from space rocks using radiometric dating. This leads to a great deal of presuppositional circular reasoning.
Meteor Crater, Arizona / Image credit: NASA
The cognating on using meteorites and other space rocks is that the rocks right here on the place they're trying to find the age for are no good, what with plate tectonics fouling them up and all. Using their presuppositions, secular scientists assume that, since everything was formed at the same time billions of evolutionist years ago, space rocks are more pure and can yield reliable dates — except that radiometric dating is fundamentally flawed, see the articles linked above.

Further, there have been many instances of the solar system refusing to act its age. That is, there are many instances of our celestial neighbors showing signs of comparative youth, not "deep time", such as Pluto, Venus, and others. So they have very doubtful assumptions that the solar system is old and that the rocks that fell to Earth are old and more pure. This circular reasoning is used to calculate the age of our planet.

The crater pictured above was formed 50,000 imaginary years ago by an asteroid that hit Earth. Or was it a meteorite after all? Sure would be nice if they had evidence for that alleged time, though. Fragments of the big ol' rock were analyzed, and when scientists found dates they liked, they confidently asserted Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. And they want that big number so that evolution can happen — or so they think.

Their conclusions were flawed from the get-go, with a whole passel of conjecture based on erroneous presuppositions being passed off as facts. What's worse is that people fall for what "scientists say". The evidence shows what biblical creationists have been telling us all along: Earth is not billions of years old, there is no microbes-to-magician evolution, and God created everything just like he said in his Word.