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#1    alpha84

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 07:41 AM


  Im sure this post will have many comments. I dont believe this planet is 65 million years old. It drives me nuts, that scientists suggest this planet is 65 million years old. I would suggest this planet is less than 10 thousand years old, lots of laughs. I welcome comments. I was kind in my comments , I hope for you to be also.


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Posted 01 March 2004 - 07:46 AM

ok for starters, scientists think the earth is around 4.3 billion years old, which is quite a bit more than you thought. I was going to ask for your reasoning as to why you believe it is more like 10000 years old, but then i thought, he obviously knows nothing about the topic, therefore his opinion doesn't matter all that much. Thanks you, please come again.


hmmmm...what he heck is 6 billion years old >.>

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 08:34 PM

Hmm I would probably assume that the reason Apha thinks the Earth is so young is possibly religious reasons? Catholics are supposed to believe that the world is only a few thousand years old or something like that cause you're not supposed to believe that there were times of Dinosaurs, cavemen, single-celled organisms etc. going through evolution slowly over time.
Earth started when Adam and Eve were created. Humans were the first creatures ever made, and then came farm animals and stuff. Thats what you're taught to believe.

This, IMO, is just beyond ridiculous. It is impossible that the Earth is so young. From the time of Earth's creation, to the very first plants that began to grow and make their ways across the land, to the very first single-cell that began to evolve into life, the different ages of simple organisms, to all the different dinosar times, then mammlals/birds, etc, cavemen to humans and modern life, blah blah blah.
No- all that could NOT have only happened in less than 10,000 years.

I am not sure why Alpha thinks this, but I am just assuming religion only cause the only other people I know of who think the Earth is really young are Catholics cause you're taught in Church (yep I was taught this too when I was younger and kept up with religion) that Science is all liars and Dinosaur bones are fake and they never really existed- life started with modern day humans.





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Posted 01 March 2004 - 08:58 PM

Actually, to be fair, the catholic religion more or less accepts evolution, and seems to be quite happy with the story of Adam and Eve as a charming metaphor. And certainly nobody is 'taught' in church that the earth is less than 10 000 years old and all dinosaur bones are fake.

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 09:13 PM

THere are generally two types of creationists -

Young earth creationists, who usually believe the earth is no more than 8,000 - 10,000 yrs. They tend to take the bible quite literally.

Old earth creationists, who accept the scientific community's assessment of the earth's age. This group has a more symbolic interpitation of the bible. ie the bible says God created earth in six days, they take that to mean six ages. ect.  


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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:18 PM

QUOTE (Aslan @ Mar 1 2004, 07:58 PM)
And certainly nobody is 'taught' in church that the earth is less than 10 000 years old and all dinosaur bones are fake.

Ummm well I was taught that. That stuff has been specifically talked about multiple times in churches I've gone to over the years, as well as Sunday School.
It was specifically said that you're supposed to believe that dinosaur bones are 1 of 2 things- either a big extravagant hoax by scientists to disprove religion, or that God specifically put big bones in the ground to test people's faiths in religion vs. science.

And I was taught that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old- in fact some Catholics do not even belive in the BC times and the earth is only as old as the year it is (ie the Earth is now 2004 years old according to some).

So yes this stuff IS taught in catholic church. Maybe they stopped teaching this recently, who knows. It's been almost 10 years since I've abandoned organized religion. But it WAS taught. I was there to hear it being taught. And even my dad who is a strict Catholic is aware of these teachings about Earth's age and dinosaurs being fake. I also know other Catholics who were taught this and still belive it. So yes it IS taught and people do believe this.
And it's ridiculous.

And I dunno where catholic churches are finally accepting evolution. But no Catholic person I know will even believe that non-human animals evolve. I even argue with my own dad about this. Your 'supposed to believe' that every animal on the Earth is in it's first and only form. Wolves were always wolves, there was no evolution from one animal that split into wolves, coyotes, etc. God made the wolf as a wolf, God made the coyote as a coyote, etc.
But evolution was always a bad word in the Catholic world I grew up in.




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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:36 PM

Well I don't know where you grew up, Moonfox, but I come from a staunch Irish-Catholic family. My father was one of the Popes 'yellow-berets', I went to church every Sunday for 16 years, as well as every other holy day you can think of, I attended a strict catholic school - confession once a month, benediction every Friday, I was taught by priests, I said grace before meals and a prayer before every lesson, I served on the altar, had choir practise every week, I had lessons on why and how to join the priesthood- and in all that time and through all that I never heard a whiff, not the vaguest hint that evolution was wrong.

Nobody suggested the earth was anything other than several billions of years old and certainly nobody claimed that dinosaur bones were anything other than what they patently are, and I've paid no attention to catholicism for 15 years.


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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:37 PM

QUOTE (MoonFox @ Mar 1 2004, 04:18 PM)
QUOTE (Aslan @ Mar 1 2004, 07:58 PM)
And certainly nobody is 'taught' in church that the earth is less than 10 000 years old and all dinosaur bones are fake.

Ummm well I was taught that. That stuff has been specifically talked about multiple times in churches I've gone to over the years, as well as Sunday School.

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:43 PM

I was taught it that way too.. that the earth was like 10 thousand years..adem..eve..yadda... sept it was with the Methadists...

*shrugs*

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:59 PM

was anyone ever taught that it was Lilith and Adam, before Eve and Adam?

as for the true age of the earth, they can only guess, but 6 billion sound more realistic then 6 million


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Posted 01 March 2004 - 11:48 PM

QUOTE (doomgirl @ Mar 1 2004, 09:59 PM)
[color=purple][b]was anyone ever taught that it was Lilith and Adam, before Eve and Adam?


please tell more, it sounds interesting!

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 12:09 AM

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 12:31 AM

Actually the Roman catholic church has been accepting the possibility of evolution as a hypotheses back in 1950, and approving further study on the subject of evolution, but in the same time put a strong emphasis that it was just a hypothesis and not to be believed yet. This is in fact one of the earliest move within christianity (even today we still have problems with fundamentalists disproving the study of evolution)

In 1998 Pope John Paul II finaly accepted  the theory of evolution as "more than just hypothesis." Today Catholics already accept the theory of evolution, and I think it is just a matter of time for other denominations. You can confirm this to your local parish. If you really ask a catholic priest, try to ask about wether or not jesus is God. wink2.gif


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Posted 02 March 2004 - 03:08 AM

QUOTE (doomgirl @ Mar 1 2004, 09:59 PM)
was anyone ever taught that it was Lilith and Adam, before Eve and Adam?

as for the true age of the earth, they can only guess, but 6 billion sound more realistic then 6 million

Well.. since Lilith is a babalonian night goddess first.  

Much like how the christians took Lucifer for their devil type outfit...  Lucifer the roman god of the morning star...  Down the line there was a mistranslation... missuse...  

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 04:02 AM

I personally never understood how someone could beleive that the earth is any less than a billion years old. The evidence is irrefutable. Apparently they throw science out to the garbage. Ever hear of carbon dating people? To me when someone refuses to beleive in dinosaurs or even cro magnon man, they are saying that they have absolutley no faith in their fellow humans. Which in turn is hypocritical, because religion is run by humans, if you can't beleive in human logic and science, then you may as well be nihilist. I'm not trying to offend anyone, I'm just displaying my views. If you have no faith in humanity, what good are you to anyone?

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