December 2nd 2008, 08:40 AM #31
Re: Before You Sign On To OEC , better read the fine print
I had been a YEC for years, for theological reasons really. But scientifically it is bunkum. They use the bait and switch tecnique, ie they only tell you the work and interpretations that give their position support and leave out the mountain of evidence that falsifies their claims.
My favorite example is the C14 in coal and oil. Now if they were correct this would all date to roughly 6000 years. It doesn't it 'dates' according to them at 50000 years. They will tell you that AMAZINGLY there is C14 when if the rocks are 'millions of years old' there should be none. They will also tell you the coal dates at 50000 years WAAAAAY too young for the Earth to be 'millions of years old'.
What they DON'T tell you is that 50000 years is the limit of detection for the C14 method, so basically there is so little present that the technique only just detects it. They further don't tell you that the presence of C14 in coal is easily explained by natural radioactivity from the rocks that surround it. The other stuff from RATE is equally bad, embarrassingly bad.
Look I don't think these folks are actively trying to decieve, they have simply decieved themselves. I know I did. Now I have become a OEC type I feel much better about how science and my faith relate together. I have given up thinking that I fully understand Genesis 1 for the present - I'm not sure exactly how to interpret it, but I do know that whatever the the correct understanding is, it will dovetail with good science!
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