How old is the Universe?
How old is the Earth?
How old is the human species?
These are questions that are continually asked, regardless of the answers that theology and science offer us. Some will say that the universe is billions of years old, while others will advocate for a younger universe. There are Christians that think God created the world in seven literal days, and there are others that think that what Genesis says about creation is poetic language. This leaves the door open for an older earth.
This could turn into a lively debate about what the Bible says and how it should be read. Or we could talk about what role science has in religion, if any at all. All of these are worth while discussions, but I want to do that another time. I am interested in how you interpret this information.
These are excerpts from a TIME magazine article posted earlier this month. I want to know what you do with the article’s conclusion and whether or not this evidence supports a young earth idea or not:
“New research is turning a centuries-old hypothesis about Native Americans’ origins on its head. A team of geneticists and anthropologists published an article in Science on Tuesday that traces Native Americans to a single group that settled in what’s now America far later than what scientists previously thought.
What they found fundamentally changes what scientists previously thought. The team found that Native Americans most likely had a common Siberian origin, contradicting theories that an earlier migration from Europe occurred.
The timeline [the scientists] propose goes something like this: About 23,000 years ago, a single group splintered off from an East Asian population. The group, hailing from northeast Asia, crossed the Bering Land Bridge between northeast Asia and Alaska, eventually making their way to the rest of the Americas. About 13,000 years ago—much more recent than previous theories—Native Americans started to split into different groups, creating the genetic and cultural diversity that exists today.”
The article continues to talk about how this new evidence is surprising. What was once accepted historical fact is now completely unfounded. If you want to read the rest of the TIME magazine article, or the research itself, follow this link.
Personally, I think that this new discovery could help both ideas about the age of the earth or the human species. People that think the earth is only 6000 years old would likely disagree with me, but for those that say the planet is 15000-20000 years old may see the validity of this information. Those who subscribe to the universe being billions of years old probably will not care as much, but who knows?
Tell me what you think. What argument does this new evidence help support?
Does this give more credit to the young earth argument, or does it side with the old earth camp?
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