Many people (known as "Young-Earth Creationists") believe that the only valid interpretation of the Bible indicates that the Earth is 10,000 years old or less, and they also claim to have scientific evidence that supports this view of the Earth.
At the same time, there are many others who believe that scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the claim that the Earth is about 4.6 billion years old, while the Universe as a whole is 10 to 20 billion years old.
I say this only to emphasize that this paper is not intended to oppose any Christian beliefs, or to tear down anyone's faith.
Rather, the purpose of this paper is to ensure that our Faith is based firmly on Truth, and not merely wishful thinking.
Through the ages, many people have denied certain facts of nature because those facts did not fit into the belief system that they desired to hold to.
Did you know that you can be a Christian, and believe that the earth is billions of years old?
You can even believe in evolution and be a Christian.
There is no conflict between science and the Bible..one needs is a proper understanding how to merge science and the Bible.For the past several decades, the question of the age of the Earth has been a very divisive one among Christians.The topic of radiometric dating has received some of the most vicious attacks by young earth creation science theorists.However, none of the criticisms of young earth creationists have any scientific merit.Radiometric dating remains a reliable scientific method.For articles on the RATE project, see the Rate Index.