How old is the earth?
It is difficult to answer the question: "How old is the Earth?". On this account there are different opinions, different theories. And each of them has the right to exist. Let's look at them. After that, everyone can draw some conclusions for themselves.
Theories about the age of the earth
The first theory says that the Earth was formed together with all the planets of the Solar System (you can read about it on our website in the article “How did the Earth form?”) . years. As a confirmation of this theory, the age of archaeological finds extracted from the earth is used. How is it determined? By the radiocarbon method, which is currently considered the most accurate, although it has already been proved that this method has a sufficiently large error The second method of dating is geological. It is based on the fact that for the formation of mineral resources located in the bowels of the Earth, a lot of time is needed. Is it not known to 100% of science?
The second theory belongs to creationists (people who theologically explain being and the creation of the world). If you ask them: "How old is the Earth?". They will answer: "About 10,000 or 6,000 years old." What are their conclusions based on? The answer is simple, on the "Bible." Accordingly, they are supported by many religious communities in the world. In support of their theory, creationists give a lot of reasons:
- the age of civilizations known to us is no more than 5500 years. If the Earth is more than a million years old, and the age of the ancestors of humanity is more than 100 thousand years old, then where is the evidence of their vital activity?
- the theory of human growth corresponds to the biblical age of the planet;
- why no 100% proof of evolutionary theory has been found at the moment?
- radiocarbon and geological dating methods cannot be considered correct, since they have a very large error.
As you already understood, all their arguments are based on the refutation of evidence of opponents. That is, there are only two theories, and there are many people who study them.
What can be concluded from the foregoing? How many years the planet Earth does not know anyone. Which theory is correct, it is also known, maybe, in time, new research methods will appear, and with them new theories. In the meantime, everyone chooses for himself what is closer to him.Let's wait, probably in the near future something new will become clear.