Re: ICR/AIG claims

From: Dick Fischer (
Date: Tue Sep 09 2003 - 12:33:37 EDT

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    Here are ten observations that should stump any card-carrying YEC. Want more?

    1. We have produced radiometric elements in particle accelerators with half
    lives too short to be found in nature. Due to the earth's great age, all
    have long decayed - yet they should be present on a young earth. YEC
    cannot explain the total absence of short-lived radioactive elements.

    2. Knowing the amount of heat generated when radiometric elements decay, if
    all that heat were concentrated in such a short time span, it would have
    boiled away the oceans and incinerated Noah and his animals. YEC cannot
    explain how such a great amount of heat could be dissipated in such a short
    time period.

    3. Meteorites and moon rocks have been dated with numerous radiometric
    techniques and always yield ages in the billions of years. YEC cannot
    explain consistent old ages in the rock samples.

    4. No fossil animal remains have been found in miles thick pre-Cambrian
    sedimentary rock. YEC cannot explain this absence.

    5. Fish, salamanders, and crickets have been found in caves that evolved
    over millions of years and no longer have eyes, their having bred in
    continual darkness. YEC cannot explain how animals could devolve eyes in
    such a short time period.

    6. Magnetizeable materials in the ocean floor are oriented with the earth's
    polarity at the time they boiled up at the Mid-Atlantic rift and
    solidified. These show numerous reversals in polarity over many thousands
    of years. YEC cannot explain reversals in polarity.

    7. The Cambrian, Jurassic, and Cenozoic Periods have identifiable animal
    life forms associated with them. We do not find any overlap in the fossil
    record as we would expect had they been homogenized in a global flood. YEC
    cannot explain how animal remains are consistently found grouped with the
    remains of other animals of the same period with no co-mingling with
    animals that lived at other periods.

    8. Coral grows at relatively known rates depending on the species. We have
    found coral nearly a mile in thickness in places that would require many
    thousands of years of continual growing. No YEC scenario explains how
    coral could accumulate to such thicknesses in a such a short time frame.

    9. When the continents split apart 200 million years ago, the continent of
    Antarctica drifted eventually over the South Pole. Dinosaur remains have
    been found there that existed when the continents were joined, but since
    mammals did not exist at that time there are no equivalent mammal
    remains. YEC cannot explain the absence of fossil remains of land-based
    mammals in Antarctica.

    10. The sheer amount of coal and oil that has been found on the earth's
    surface could not have materialized from the amount of organic material
    that could have accumulated in the short time YECs allow between the
    creation and the flood. YEC cannot explain the abundance of fossil fuel
    found all over the earth.

    Dick Fischer - Genesis Proclaimed Association
    Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History

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