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Originally posted by halfoldman
A simple question, but one that needs a coherent answer.
In this clip a New Zealand gentleman (not sure on the accent) asks Christian creationists how Noah got the flightless birds in southern countries - like the many species of Moa - onto the ark.
Not sure why He really bothered, because the Maori apparently ate them all eventually.
One could probably ask the same question for many other species too.
OK, our South African species like the springbok could have wandered to the middle-East over land.
But the kangaroo? I doubt it could swim that far.
So, a simple question well put:
shall come unto thee
The earth is 6,000 years old position. The date 4004 B.C. is found in the marginal notes (Genesis one) of many King James Versions. This date was first placed in the King James Version by James Ussher in 1701. He arrived at this date by adding the lengths of the lives of the patriarchs as given in Genesis 5 and 11. In reality, this dating method is not infallible for a number of possible reasons. As far as the Bible is concerned, we can not date the earth with accuracy. It must be remembered that Genesis presents the earth as being created mature or aged (Gen. 1: 20 ff.).
The earth is 4.7 billions years old view. Scientists have employed a number of methods in trying to arrive at the age of the earth. The rate of erosion, rate of salt accumulation in the ocean, and the rate of decay of certain elements such as uranium, thorium, potassium, and rubidium. All of these methods including the "ore method," "meteorite method," and the dating of fossil remains are unreliable and contain many attendant variables.
There are a growing number of scientists who are concluding the earth is actually relatively young. They have studied population growth, the amount of meteoric dust on the earth's surface, the quantity of nickel in the oceans, and carbon-14 build up. Many of these scientists believe the earth is more in the range of 7, 000 years old.
How many of each animal did Noah take?
Depends, the narrative comes from at least two older sources. there is also a dispute as to how long it lasted, 40 days, or 150 days (Genesis 8:3).
Some verses say a male and a female of every sort.
However, Genesis 7: 1-4 deviates from the Sunday School assumptions: a pair of unclean beasts, but seven pairs of clean beasts, and seven of each kind of "fowl of the air" (not sure whether that includes flightless birds like the Moa or Ostrich).
here are a growing number of scientists who are concluding the earth is actually relatively young. They have studied population growth, the amount of meteoric dust on the earth's surface, the quantity of nickel in the oceans, and carbon-14 build up. Many of these scientists believe the earth is more in the range of 7, 000 years old.