Re: age of the earth - evidence

From: Don Winterstein <dfwinterstein@msn.com>
Date: Thu Sep 30 2004 - 16:13:34 EDT

Just wanted to make sure Vernon didn't take aid and comfort for his unjustifiable young-Earth views from your previous comments!

Don

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Sheila Wilson<mailto:sheila-wilson@sbcglobal.net>
  To: Don Winterstein<mailto:dfwinterstein@msn.com> ; asa@calvin.edu<mailto:asa@calvin.edu>
  Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 8:23 AM
  Subject: Re: age of the earth - evidence

  Don,

  Have no fears, my education was very thorough. I believe, given the evidence, that the earth is billions of years old. My point is that in the past mankind has interpreted evidence incorrectly due to a lack of information and/or personal bias. Our determination of the age of the earth is a theory based on current evidence. No one can say absolutely what the age of the earth is although we can clearly say it is very, very old. The age of the earth is continually adjusted as we find new evidence - after all, what's a 100 million years between geologists?

  Sheila

  Don Winterstein <dfwinterstein@msn.com> wrote:
    Sheila Wilson wrote:

    "...The bottom line is we don't know but, given our knowledge of the evidence, we believe the earth is 4.6 billion years old. We must not forget our fallibility..."

    If you believe there is any way available data could be interpreted to imply the world might be young enough to accommodate a literal reading of Genesis 1, I would question the thoroughness of your education as a geologist.

    Don

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Sheila Wilson<mailto:sheila-wilson@sbcglobal.net>
      To: asa@calvin.edu<mailto:asa@calvin.edu>
      Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 5:54 AM
      Subject: Re: A word of appreciation

      As a geologist, I absolutely agree with your assessment of the earth's age. Unfortunately, mankind's assessment of things has been very wrong in the past. The bottom line is we don't know but, given our knowledge of the evidence, we believe the earth is 4.6 billion years old. We must not forget our fallibility - that will cause us to make the same mistake as young earth creationists.

      Sheila

  Sheila McGinty Wilson
  sheila-wilson@sbcglobal.net
Received on Thu Sep 30 16:36:51 2004

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