Geological time: billions of years vs. thousands of years Name Course Instituion Lecturer Geological Time: Billions of Years vs. Thousands of Years Introduction The exact age of the Earth remains the most controversial topic for geologists. Scientific evidence points to billions of years old while others argue that the Earth is only several thousand years old. Scientists use several factors to estimate the age of the Earth through radioactive dating of objects like sun moon and other materials obtained from the space. The materials from the surface of the Earth cannot be used to estimate the age of the Earth because it has believed that everything melted during the formation of the earth. On the other view Therefore identifying if the Earth is billions or thousands of years old this essay compares these two divergent views evaluating the available facts as presented by scientists and the geological time scale. the billion years claimed by the old Earth view. Also the young age view argues that the amount of the helium in the atmosphere and the salt level in the sea is only several thousand years old. Therefore as determined by the comparison the exact age of the Earth will continue to remain a subject of debate between the old age and the young age views. References: Humphreys D. R. (2005). Evidence for a young world. Institute for Creation Research. Moore R. C. & Cotner S. H. (2011). Arguing for Evolution: an encyclopedia of understanding science. ABC-CLIO. Stassen C. (1996). The Age of the Earth: How Old Is The Earth And How Do We Know? The talk. Origins Archive 1-12. Retrieved from www.talkorigins.org D. (1998). Creationism's Geologic Time Scale Should the scientific community continue to fight rear-guard skirmishes with creationists or insist that" young-Earthers" defend their model in toto?. American Scientist 86(2) 160-173. [...]
I. Introduction • Indicate which topic you chose from the list above. • Indicate the purpose of your paper (i.e., to compare old-earth and young-earth viewpoints on your chosen topic). II. Old-Earth Secular View • What is the old-earth secular viewpoint on your chosen topic? o Do not discuss the old-earth creationist viewpoint on your chosen topic. For a description of old-earth creationism, go to www.icr.org III. Young-Earth View • What is the young-earth viewpoint on your chosen topic? IV. Comparison of the Viewpoints • Comparison is articulating similarities between the 2 viewpoints. • Be sure to provide at least 2 similarities (comparisons) between the viewpoints. V. Contrast of the Viewpoints • Contrast is articulating differences between the 2 viewpoints. • Be sure to provide at least 2 differences (contrasts) between the viewpoints. VI. Conclusion • Provide a summary statement for your paper. • Be sure to restate your purpose. • Do not introduce new material in your conclusion.