Though the Samarian and Masoretic texts are much closer, they still have a few differences.See table 3.8 Using data from table 2 (excluding the Septuagint calculations and including Jones and Ussher), the average date of the creation of the earth is 4045 B. This still yields an average of about 6,000 years for the age of the earth.Hutton said: The past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now. Thinking biblically, we can see that the global flood in Genesis 6–8 would wipe away the concept of millions of years, for this Flood would explain massive amounts of fossil layers.Most Christians fail to realize that a global flood could rip up many of the previous rock layers and redeposit them elsewhere, destroying the previous fragile contents.It confirms that the Bible’s history is giving us the true age of the creation.Today, secular geologists will allow some catastrophic events into their thinking as an explanation for what they see in the rocks.Their dates of only thousands of years are good support for the biblical date of about 6,000 years, but not for billions of years. The approximate 6,000-year age for the earth was challenged only rather recently, beginning in the late 18th century.
The age of the earth debate ultimately comes down to this foundational question: Are we trusting man’s imperfect and changing ideas and assumptions about the past?
However, radiometric dating methods are not the only uniformitarian methods.
Any radiometric dating model or other uniformitarian dating method can and does have problems, as referenced before.
Smith and Cuvier believed untold ages were needed for the formation of rock layers. No powers are to be employed that are not natural to the globe, no action to be admitted except those of which we know the principle.12 This viewpoint is called naturalistic uniformitarianism, and it excludes any major catastrophes such as Noah’s flood.
Hutton said he could see no geological evidence of a beginning of the earth; and building on Hutton’s thinking, Lyell advocated “millions of years.” From these men and others came the consensus view that the geologic layers were laid down slowly over long periods of time based on the rates at which we see them accumulating today. Though some, such as Cuvier and Smith, believed in multiple catastrophes separated by long periods of time, the uniformitarian concept became the ruling dogma in geology.