The idea of a Young Earth states that, based on biblical timelines and genealogies, the planet on which we live is roughly between 6,000 and 10,000 years old. This is in opposition to the view held by most mainstream scientists that the Earth is on the order of roughly 4.5 billion years old. Unlike the old earth theory, the young earth theory does not assume constancy. Rather, it accounts for unusual events (such as a global flood).
The vast majority of Christians throughout history have believed in the factuality of a young earth, based on the genealogies of Scripture.
The general claims against this theory include:
- Fossils and geological objects are declared much older than the 10,000 years based on "carbon dating"
- Assuming constancy, geological records indicate landforms such as mountains and rivers formed over a much longer period of time than 10,000 years
- Human artifacts such as the Lascaux cave paintings and France seem to surpass this age barrier by up to twenty thousand years
- Young Earth Creationism for a list of evidences for a young Earth
- Turpin, Simon (December 29, 2016). A Response to “The Age of the Earth: A Plea for Geo-Chronological Non-Dogmatism”. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved December 31, 2016.