No, The Bible Doesn’t Say The Earth Is Only 6,000 Years Old

Fundamentalists of the “young earth” variety will often claim that the earth is just 6,000 years old.

Their reasoning? The Bible says so.

In fact, I’ve been following Ken Ham lately, and some of the stuff being put out by Answers in Genesis (Ken has blocked me on Facebook, FWIW) to see if they’ve had any new arguments. I’m continually amazed at how the young earth view of the universe is considered a foundational bedrock of their Christian faith. In a house of cards built by their own hands, they will frequently claim that believing in a universe that is anything more than a few thousand years old is a threat to the entire faith system.

I suppose it goes like this: The Bible dates the earth = if you can’t trust the Bible on that one point, you can’t trust any of it = all Christian faith hinges on a young earth.

There’s only one, massive, glaring problem with that: The Bible doesn’t date the creation of the Universe. 

Dating the age of the universe isn’t a question the Bible deals with. It wasn’t even on the radar of the people who wrote it.

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