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Dr Baumgardner
Questioning the Claims of an Old Earth
by Richard Paul
March 29, 2012

Is there real science to prove that the earth is young and not millions or billions of years old?  Yes!

Now I am not a scientist nor the son of one so I must depend upon those who are experts in the field.

If we take a look at the worldview that the earth is old we often see that there is a claim that half-life decay rates are constant or consistent.

Is that claim really true?

After listening to an interview conducted by Rev. Wayne Sedlak with Dr. John Baumgardner, I would have to say that I seriously question the claims of an old earth.

Dr. Baumgardner has many years of study under his belt having earned a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics, and Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics.

Even to this day, his Ph.D. thesis, which is widely known as Terra, a 3D mantle dynamics program, is used around the world.

His research led to the concepts demonstrating the stages of transformation caused by what is known as the “Genesis Flood”.

He continues to work in projects with Logos Research Associates.

When we review the uniformity in data of radioisotopes we find that decay rates are not constant or consistent from the time of creation or the flood.

Carbon 14 is often used to claim that the earth is millions or billions of years old. Radioisotopes confirm that every fossil analyzed has Carbon 14 in it.

Since Carbon 14 has a short-half life, this can only suggest that the fossils are not that old.

If the earth was millions or billions of years old, there is no human technology able to detect levels of C14 due to its short half-life.

Uranium 238, being an abundant element, is also widely studied. It has a calculated half-life of up to approximately 4.5 billion years.

This isn't to suggest that the earth is that old, but only to demonstrate that it takes a long for Uranium to go through its eight stages of decay.

Zircon is often evaluated due to it's incorporation of uranium and rejection of lead.

Scientist are able to measure Helium, which is the second lightest element and is known to have eight isotopes that have an extremely short half-life, that leaks from Zircon.

Radiohalos, discoloration within minerals, often form when alpha particles are emitted by the nuclei of the mineral.

Polonium, having thirty-three known isotopes and are all radioactive, generally have a very short half-life.

These elements can be detected with the use of today's technology.

So how can an average person make sense of this scientific study? Perhaps a common example is necessary.

Lets say that a balloon is a fossil. You take the balloon and blow it up with air. This is the beginning stage.

From the short time you take the balloon from your mouth to the time you tie the end off there is leakage.

Now we will call that time “the flood” because that is when the most amount of leakage occurs.

Any time after that “flood” a much slower rate of leakage occurs until the balloon is finally deflated.

The main emphasis is to show that the decay rate was not constant from the beginning.

The rate was more consistent after it had it's initial greater leakage.

Usually when secular scientist cannot explain something in their experiments they will create a name (or excuse) for their lack of wisdom.

For instance, they often contend that a fossil was contaminated in the field because their lab research keeps showing results that they don't want to believe given their premise of an old earth.

Instead of making excuses why not let the evidence show the truth!

The research is out there and a believer should not be ashamed to take a stand on creation after learning what the studies and the Bible show us.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand the basics but it does take some effort and time to learn.

Dr. Baumgardner noted that there is free technical material for anyone to download.
Radio Isotopes and the Age of the Earth – a Young-Earth Creationist research initiative can be found at these following links:


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