Radiometric dating and creation science
Old earth Christians defended their view, arguing that the Bible does not require believers to believe creation took exactly six twenty-four hour days.
Genesis 1 and 2Young earth creationists point to Genesis 1, where the text seems to argue for a creation lasting six twenty-four hour days.
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In the debate, Ken Ham articulated his belief in the young earth view, and attacked Christians who hold to the old earth as inconsistent.
He argued against the evidence of radiometric and astrological dating – where scientists study the decay of minerals and the distance of the stars to claim that the universe is at least millions of years old.
Other young Earth creationists believe that the Earth and the universe were created with the appearance of age, so that the world appears to be much older than it is, and that this appearance is what gives the geological findings and other methods of dating the Earth and the universe their much longer timelines.
"I claim there's only one infallible dating method – a witness who was there and who knows everything and who told us – that's the Word of God," Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, said.
Ham acknowledged that old earth creationists can still be Christians "because salvation is conditioned upon faith in Christ, not the age of the earth," but he did insist they were twisting Scripture.
A further important element is the interpretation of the Biblical chronology, the elaborate system of life-spans, "generations," and other means by which the Bible measures the passage of events from the Creation (Genesis 1:1) to the Book of Daniel, the last biblical book in which it appears.
Recent decades have seen attempts to de-link Creationism from the Bible and recast it as science: these include creation science and intelligent design There are also non-Christian forms of Creationism, notably Islamic Creationism and Hindu Creationism.