Review by Greg Neyman
© Old Earth Ministries
First Published 23 Jan 2003
Choose anything you want to believe in, and someone can come up with a list of supporting documentation! In this case, an author on the young earth creation science website Answers in Genesis (unknown name) wrote an article called “That Choking Feeling…” in which he demonstrates from a clogged pipe that you can form rocks quickly. Supposedly, this is to support the idea that it doesn’t take millions of years to form rocks. The author says the formation of this calcium carbonate rock inside a pipe is evidence that it does not take a long time for rocks to form, as geologists propose.
While the author would have the reader believe this is proof of a young earth, it is a fact that scientists have known for a long time that you can create a hard rock substance from calcium carbonate in a very quick manner. In fact, many of us could re-create this experiment by turning off our water softeners at home, and watching the calcium buildup in our pipes in our house!
This is a perfect example of an article that proves nothing, and amounts to nothing more than trying to give geologists a "black-eye." Geology claims the earth took millions of years to form, so young earth creationists “assume” that geologists think all rocks are slow forming. To the young-earth creation science believer reading this article, it provides proof of a young earth...but in reality, it proves nothing.
Just because you can create a rock in a short time does nothing to prove or disprove the age of the earth. If young earth creationists want to date the earth based on a clogged pipe, go for it! This article serves as testimony to the quality of the scientific work that young earth creation science experts resort to in order to prove their theory.
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