Evidence For a Young Earth


The theory of evolution requires a very old age of the earth for sufficient time to elapse for the gradual development of biological life. Evolutionists consistently affirm that billions of years would be required for single-celled lifeforms to slowly and incrementally develop into the sophisticated and complex lifeforms that exist today. Accordingly, it is claimed that the earth is about 4.5 billion years old. But the biblical narrative seems to indicate that the earth is much younger than that – a mere 6,000 to 10,000 years old.

Believers in a young earth are often accused of ignoring the scientific evidence, but the shoe is actually on the other foot. There is a vast amount of scientific evidence for a young earth. Creation Ministries International, on their website creation.com, list over 100 examples of scientific evidence for a young earth. Here is a summary of just a few.


River systems around the world dump about 20 billion tons of sediment into the oceans every year. Dr Mark Harwood estimates that the depth of sedimentation that exists on our ocean floors would have taken about 10 million years to de deposited at the current rate of sedimentation. If there was a cataclysmic sedimentation event at some point in the past (such as the Biblical flood), it could have been deposited in a period of a few thousand years. This is a disastrous finding for the evolutionary timescale, which requires the earth to be billions of years old in order for sufficient time to elapse for the gradual development of biological life.


At the current rate of continental erosion, the current land masses would erode down to sea level in a mere 25 million years. Continental erosion rates show that the earth can’t be 4.5 billion years old as evolutionists claim.


In 2018 12 additional moons of Jupiter were discovered. All but one of these newly discovered moons have a retrograde orbit, meaning that they orbit the planet in the opposite direction to all the other moons which orbit in the same direction that Jupiter spins. But one of these “new” moons orbits in the usual direction. It’s location within the same orbital plane as the retrograde moons means that this current arrangement could not exist for very long before a collision would inevitably occur. Cosmologists estimate that within a million years at the most this unstable situation would result in these moons being destroyed as a result of a cascading series of collisions. These moons cannot have been there for 4.5 billion years. The explanation by some that these moons were recently formed as debris was captured by Jupiter’s gravity is a highly unlikely scenario given that one of these moons is orbiting in the opposite direction.


The rings of Saturn are decaying at an alarming rate. The Cassini space probe passed through the rings several times during its voyage of discovery and observed the undeniable evidence of the rapid rate of decay of the rings. Secular scientists now acknowledge that the rings can only be a maximum of millions of years old, not 4.5 billion years as our solar system is claimed to be. To date there is still no plausible model for how these rings formed and their rapid decay rate is a major problem for the evolutionary timescale of the solar system.


The current world population is about 8 billion people. If we start with the six people who survived the biblical flood (which the Bible indicates was about 4,500 years ago) and estimate an annual growth rate of 0.5% (which is a realistic figure that takes into account death from wars, disease and disasters) we arrive at a figure of 8 billion people today. So, today’s world population is exactly what you would anticipate if mankind has only been on the earth for a few thousand years as the Bible indicates. But if humans have been on the planet for hundreds of thousands of years, as evolutionists claim, where are all the people? There wouldn’t be enough room on our planet, even if we were standing shoulder to shoulder!


Carbon 14 has a relatively short half-life of about 5,700 years, which means that it degrades to a point where it can no longer be detected after about 70,000 years. Yet carbon 14 is consistently detected in dinosaur bones which are supposed to be 65 million years old. Carbon 14 is also consistently detected in fossils of other lifeforms that are supposedly hundreds of millions of years old. This is a major problem for proponents of a very old age of the earth.

Check out all the other evidence at creation.com. You might also like to watch the youtube video by Dr Mark Harwood, entitled, “Why The Earth Can’t Be Old”.