How old is the world?

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How old is the world?
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 4:45pm
My son is taking is taking an Earth class for people majoring in geological engineering, geology, or geotechnical engineering. Today the prof asked the class how old the earth was and more kids answered less than 10,000 years than answered more than a billion. My son was completely shocked. I don't want to offend anyone here, but it just seems that it is impossible to be a geology major and believe that the earth is less than 10,000 years old. The prof. must have expected that response because he stressed that the answer was more than a billion and if you don't answer that on the test you will get it wrong. As I said I don't want to offend, and I am hoping that I don't, but I am just really surprised that so many kids answered as they did. Robin

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 7:36pm

LOL Robin.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 8:17pm
I don't think this is typical teen ignorance. These are kids that have learned from their parents and their religious leaders that the bible is a literal document. Not quite the same as what you are talking about. I respect anyone's right to have a particular religious belief, I just find it odd that those kids would chose to study geology - the scientific study that would be the most at odds with their religious beliefs. I don't know. Maybe I am missing something since I don't share their beliefs and I don't know how they understand things. I am a religious person. It is just that my Rabbi does not teach that the bible is a literal document. By the way, what is Jaywalking? I never watch Leno. If I am up that late it is David Letterman or the Colbert Report for me. And as for the crazy things teenagers say, believe me, I have collected my share. There is one girl that we drove to and from Marching Band freshman year that we still laugh about. She said some of the funniest things I think I ever heard.
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 8:56pm
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 9:14pm
They might not be getting their info in school. I remember sitting in Sunday school and prochial school and being told "this is what you are ging to hear at the public school. That is the work of satan, don't you believe it. This is what the Bible says..."
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 9:27pm
Wow, well first of all I have never heard a Rabbi say anything about Satan. Maybe that is why Jews are not very good about attending religious services- there is really nothing that we are afraid of, LOL.
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 9:33pm
Lol probably are happier and less guilt ridden if you were never threatened with Satan!
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 9:35pm
Oh, guilt we have just not fear, LOL.
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 11:37pm

LOL, Having known many Jews, I would have to agree.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 12:08pm
bunnierose wrote:
They might not be getting their info in school. I remember sitting in Sunday school and prochial school and being told "this is what you are ging to hear at the public school. That is the work of satan, don't you believe it. This is what the Bible says..."

I was raised in the church and remember many similar lessons. I tuned so many school lessons out as a result (although in a small town in the bible belt, much was left out by the educators as well). As an adult who is now not religious I've gone back and learned so much about history and science that I missed out on the first time around.

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 12:12pm
tooner2006 wrote:
...it just seems that it is impossible to be a geology major and believe that the earth is less than 10,000 years old.

It's unfortunate, but true. I was taught, and believed for a long time, that dinosaurs weren't as old as scientists said, that carbon dating was somehow flawed, that the bible said "a day was like a thousand years" so that must account for some time discrepancy....which is all fine if that's what you want to believe. It just seems as if it really limits several very interesting fields of study.

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