Daily Scoop: Does Republican’s 9,000 year old Earth hold water?

U.S. House Rep. Paul Broun, a Georgia Republican, doesn’t believe in evolution, the Big Bang theory, or the teachings of embryology. In fact, in a Sept. 27 talk at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., the member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, who is also a medical doctor [a field of study rooted squarely in Biology, a scientific discipline based wholly on the Theory of Evolution] called those areas of science “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

But Broun also advanced his own theory of life on Earth.

“You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth,” he said. “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

Broun’s creationist viewpoint stands in opposition to what scientific research reveals about the age of the planet. In fact, Earth formed 4.54 billion years ago — and humanity is rather lucky not to be seeing the planet on its 9,000th birthday. Earth was formed by the colliding and coming together of massive space objects called planetesimals, said Richard Carlson, a geochemist at the Carnegie Institution who has studied some of Earth’s oldest rocks. The force of the impacts would have melted rock, leaving Earth molten for hundreds of thousands of years, Carlson told LiveScience.

“Nine thousand years after the last giant impact — there likely were several big impacts during the growth of the planet — the surface of Earth, to a considerable depth, likely was molten rock,” he said.

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7 Comments to “Daily Scoop: Does Republican’s 9,000 year old Earth hold water?”

  1. Different folks, different strokes . . .

  2. When I read the ignorant claptrap that Broun was spouting the other day, I swear it gave me an actual headache. Teh stupid….it HURTS…

    • Yes it does hurt doesn’t? Especially seeing how this came from a member of the science and technology committee.

  3. I thought it used to be that both parties were interested in trying to figure out how the universe works. It’s really the Republicans who are dumbing the discourse down so much that it sets us back intellectually 9,000 years. I used to chuckle. But it’s not funny anymore, it’s downright dangerous to our competitiveness.

    Is it not possible to adhere to Christian values and still be inquisitive about the world around you?

    • Yes it is. My Christian faith survived my going a BSc in Geology and survived nearly 15 years of marriage; it is only my getting divorced – and the reaction of the Church to my doing so – that has knocked it. A long-overdue mercy killing was performed on Young Earth Creationism (YEC) by James Hutton in 1787; and I never cease to be amazed that, having been stitched together and brought back to life in the 20th Century, this Frankenstein Monster still refuses to die.

      You must not allow the strident voices on the evangelical wing of Christendom make you think they represent the majority of Christians – I am not sure they even represent the majority of Republicans. However, that does not alter the fact that there is a very clear synchronicity between believing science to be an anti-God conspiracy and believing it to be an anti-libertarian conspiracy.

      Those within the GOP who insist that climate change, sea level rise, over-population and mass extinction cannot happen because God will not allow it have a nasty surprise coming and – when it does – I only hope their faith fares better than mine did when I realised I had made a mistake and had to accept that – sometimes – sh!t happens. On the plus side, this will probably hasten the end of both YEC and climate change denial. On the down side, it may be too late to prevent the extinction of anything from 20 to 50% of species on the planet. I guess that is what you call collateral damage.

      • I recall polls I’ve seen show that creationism is adopted by a majority of Republicans. I’ve seen results of studies that show distrust of science in the last 40 years multiplying within the confines of just one political party. I assume much of it is both financially and politically driven. Ridiculing climate change evidence is pretty convenient for the fossil fuel industry, I would imagine.

      • Well, if so, I stand corrected: I guess I am just overly-optimistic about the rate of decline of creationsim as idea that should have been dead and buried over 300 years ago. Let’s hope climate change denial can be dispensed with somewhat quicker. However, given the success the fossil fuel lobby has had in copying the “emphasise uncertainty and perpetuate doubt” strategy it learnt from the tobacco industry, it is hard to be optimistic…

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