Dear fellow members,
in another thread we saw a discussion about dating methods. I thought, it's useful to open up a new thread, since the old one was big and had a slightly different topic.
What do we expect scientific dating to look like?
Take the six days out of the creation account in Genesis 1 and 2.
* Which kind of soil do we expect God to have used when he made the plants on day 3? A brand new two days old sand? To my knowledge, plants prefer older soils. And in Genesis 2, we see God making the garden. In my opinion, that happened at one of the first six days, because in Gen 2:4 it says "in the day".
And it was a good garden, just paradise. Did God use brand new soils there, as well?
I've learned in school that the best soils contain dead material. Just consider scientists would have analysed soils in the garden on day 6:
would we expect them to draw to the conclusion that this soil is stemming entirely from like two days before containing dead material that is dead for no longer than a day?
* When God made animals on days 5 and 6, did he leave out carrion-eating animals?
* When God made the stars on day 4, do we really expect him to have let the first star appear 5 years later? The nearest star is still some 5 light years far from earth (wikipedia).
"Adam, Adam, look! A strange light on the firmament! I never saw this!"... just kidding.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Gen 1:17
My interpretation of that one: it was instant light.
So my conclusion is: dating methods are bound to indicate the wrong age, in my opinion. However, they still are scientific, I think.