Farah’s YEC Irrationality

Farah’s YEC Irrationality November 28, 2012

In the wake of Sen. Marco Rubio’s politically convenient but highly ignorant answer to a question about the age of the earth, Joseph Farah comes riding in on his hobby horse to defend young earth creationism. What he ends up doing, of course, is showing just how illogical he can be. He has two arguments, both of them nonsense. The first is a weak attempt to change the subject:

But what do they believe?

How did the universe come into being?

Almost all scientists agree on one thing today: The universe had a beginning.

Something brought all matter and energy into being. Almost no scientists still prescribe to the theory that it always existed.

So what caused it?

How did we get from nothing to a complex universe and a life-supporting Earth? And how did life emerge from non-life?

Science has no real answers, despite the arrogance of the L.A. Times and what its team learned at universities of higher learning.

Uh, Joe…the question was about the age of the earth, not the age or origin of the universe. One has nothing to do with the other. The earth is ~4.5 billion years old, regardless of how or why the universe came into existence.

And then he offers the very popular argument that if we do not have 100% certainty, we know nothing at all:

No one can be 100 percent certain, though I subscribe to the idea that the Bible is literally true and that the Earth and the universe were created in seven actual days about 6,000 years ago…

They no more know how old the Earth is than anyone else does – but they imply that it is a matter settled by science. If it is, I think the L.A. Times should publish a news story telling exactly how old the Earth is. Don’t you?

Yes, I do. I think they should do exactly that, publish an article that explains in detail how we know that the earth is ~4.5 billion years old. They could talk about the hundreds of concordant dates on both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial (no, not aliens, objects from outside the planet) objects using a variety of different radiometric dating techniques that all agree on that data. And they should go even further by debunking all the ridiculous arguments from YECs for why the earth must be young. And then all the wingnuts will deny the evidence and fall back on faith. What else do they have?

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