Review by Greg Neyman
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This question was published in Dr. John's Q&A by John Morris in September 1989. This question gives Morris the opportunity to respond to what he sees as ten difficult questions. Some of the issues have no conflict with the old earth viewpoint, and they will not be mentioned (questions 1 thru 5).
In question six, Morris asks what about the dinosaurs. In this, he gives a two sentence answer, saying there is much evidence for humans and dinosaurs living together. All of this evidence has been thoroughly disproven by old earth creationists and secular scientists. For more, see our Dinosaur Articles.
Morris asks if Carbon-14 dating is reliable. Surprisingly, he says it is only reliable for the most recent 3,000 years. However, the principle behind carbon dating for the last 3,000 years, and for the period older than 3,000 years, is the same! Of course, if he said it was reliable, since some dates are as old as 50,000+ years, it would disprove his version of creation. Morris has no basis for rejecting dates older than 3,000 years.
Morris asks if the earth is billions of years old. His response is to question radiometric dating, which is reliable, despite his claims. For more, see Radiometric Dating: A Christian Perspective, and our Radiometric Dating section. At the end, he claims that the "real facts fit the concept of a young earth." In over 25 years of study, I have yet to see any valid evidence for a young earth.
Is there evidence for Noah's Flood? The geologic evidence supports an old earth. There is none which supports a global flood. The only way to get this is to misinterpret the data (Morris "found what he was looking for, not what the data supported).
Finally, he asks if creation is a side issue. To this, I refer you to the words of Billy Graham, perhaps the greatest evangelist of our time.
There are correct answers to all these questions...but they are not what Morris wants to hear.
Dr. John's Q&A #9, published on the web at http://www.icr.org/index.php?module=articles&action=view&ID=1069
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