Last updated on: 9/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Math Used by Young Earth Creationists Who Believe That the Earth Is About 6,000 Years Old

Event Bible Date B.C.
Universe created . . . Adam and Eve created 4046
Enoch born 622 3424
Noah born 1056 2990
Great Flood 1656 2390
Abraham born 2008 2038
Moses born 2433 1677
Exodus from Egypt 2513 1533
Conquest ofCanaan begins 2553 1493
King David begins to reign at Jerusalem 3063 983
4th year of King Jehoiakim. 1st year of King Nebuchadnezzar. This year connects sacred and profane chronology. 70 year Babylonian Captivity begins. 3520 526
1st year of Cyrus king of Persia. End of Babylonian Captivity. Cyrus issues proclamation allowing Jews to return and rebuild the Temple. Countdown of 483 years unto Messiah the Prince begins. 3589 457
15th year of Tiberius Caesar. Jesus is about 30 years old. He is anointed as Messiah at His baptism in theJordan River. He binds Satan morally by overcoming all his temptations in the wilderness. 4071 26 A.D.

The above chart is taken from the book Chronology of the Old Testament © 1913 by Rev. Martin Antsey M.A. It differs from other chronologies in that the dates are alleged to be based on Scripture alone.

 

Many Young Earth Creationists take these data and extrapolate as indicated here:

Event Bible Date
15th year of Tiberius Caesar. End of the Old Testament chronology. Jesus is about 30 years old. 4071
Subtract 30 years from this date – 30
Add the years of the Christian Era 2002
Age of the world!! 6043

According to this Bible chronology, the world was 6,000 years old about 1958.

How many Young Earth Creationists/Bible Literalists are there in the United States?

[Bible literalists, sometimes called Young Earth Creationists (YECs) believe that as of 2008 the age of the earth is 6,050 years old. Some YEC beliefs vary, but none of them exceed 10,000 years as an outside estimate of the earth’s age.]

1. 148 million people

a. This estimate was given by the Public Information Office at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) on 12/19/05, in response to a message left by ProCon.org.

b. The estimate is based on two Gallup polls on evolution/creationism taken in the 1990s. The representative from ICR presented the findings of the Gallup polls as “almost half” of all Americans believing in a young earth.

c. The female representative cited the 2000 U.S. census which put the population of the United States at 281 million people. Accounting for the growth rate of 3 million people a year she claimed that the current population of the United States should be around 296 million people, and then she divided that number in half.

d. As the Public Information Office representative said herself, this number includes children, and those who have “not yet made up their mind” about creationism.

2. 130 million people

a. The results of a 1997 Gallup poll showed that 44% of the public (roughly 130 million people) and 5% of scientists subscribe to the Creationist view that “God created man pretty much in his present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.”

b. It is unclear whether all those who believe that God created man within the last 10,000 years also subscribe to the view that the earth is relatively “young” (10,000 years old), although the representative from ICR claimed that those 44% were all believers in a young earth.

3. 124 million people

a. The New York Times reported on a 2005 survey of 2,000 people by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that found: “42 percent of respondents held strict creationist views, agreeing that ‘living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.'”

b. The study explained in a footnote: “the terms ‘creationism’ and ‘creationist’ are used here to refer to the general belief that life has existed in its present form since the beginning of time. We recognize that in other contexts the term ‘creationism’ is used to refer to a more specific set of beliefs, including the view that the earth is relatively young (e.g., 10,000 years old or younger).

c. 42 percent of Americans believing in a young earth would put the number of YECs at 124 million Americans.

4. Wikipedia’s entry on Young Earth Creationism comments:

a. “Young Earth creationism has failed to make much of an impact outside of fundamentalist protestant denominations. Virtually all other Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, reject the concept of Young Earth creationism.”