Dating the rocks of Mt. Helens November 1, Any method of dating samples is a popular topic of attack in the Young Earth Creationist front. After all, the age of the earth makes or breaks their case. A popular example among them is Mt. It was mentioned to me rather enthusiastically tonight that a pastor is doing a series on creationism.
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Wikimedia Today we're going to point our skeptical eye at one of the key players in the debate between geologists and Young Earthers over the age of the Earth. In June of , Dr. Steven Austin took a sample of dacite from the new lava dome inside Mount St. Helens, the volcano in Washington state. The dacite sample was known to have been formed from a magma flow, and so its actual age was an established fact.
However, rather than dealing with this issue and critically evaluating Austin's other procedures including the unacceptable mineral and glass impurities in his 'fractions' , YECs loudly proclaim that the results are discrepant with the AD eruption. They then proceed to assault the validity of the K-Ar method. Therefore, it's not surprising that some of Austin's dates, such as the result for the amphiboles, etc. Without properly referencing Bartelt et al.
Advertise After retreating from serious public engagement following the debacle of the prosecution of Tennessee science teacher John Scopes in , some religious thinkers posited that the data did indeed support the standard reading of the geologic and biological record. Evolution could be correct, they said. It all had to be set in motion by a greater intelligence. So religious legislators and school board members around the country have latched onto intelligent design as a palatable vehicle for undermining evolution in the curriculum. Most attention has focused on votes to require the teaching of intelligent design in Dover, Pa.