Origins 4(2):59-60 (1977).
Brief summaries of the main conclusions of the leading presentations are given below for those who may find the complete articles too long or technical.
RADIOMETRIC AGE AND THE TRADITIONAL HEBREW-CHRISTIAN VIEW OF TIME
Traditional Biblical interpretations indicate a period of about 6000 years since creation week. Other interpretations based on radiometric dating suggest that life has been on earth over half a million times longer. In this article, Dr. R. H. Brown analyzes some of the scientific data related to radiometric age dating. Of special interest are the facts that: 1) Inconsistencies exist in several areas, 2) the practice of dating an organism or geologic event by dating the rocks associated with it may be unsound since the rocks may be older than the organism or event dated, 3) some radiometric dates are dependent on the size of particles measured, 4) some sequential series of radiometric dates showing increase in age with depth in the earth are due to the nature of the process of ejection from volcanoes and not an increase in age.
THE IMPACT OF TEKTITES UPON AN ESTIMATED 700,000 YEAR HISTORY OF DEEP-SEA DEPOSITS
This article by Warren H. Johns is a sequel to an article that appeared in ORIGINS 3:85-96. Here the author pursues further the matter of conflicting dates obtained by various lines of evidence. The controversy presented in this article centers around small unique glassy objects called tektites, whose implacement appears to have occurred less than 6000 years ago according to carbon-14 dating, while other dating techniques indicate that the same kind of object when found in the ocean appears to have been placed over one hundred times earlier. Dating of ocean sediments containing these unique objects by a number of techniques which appear to give consistent results does not agree with the dating of comparable terrestrial sediments.
DO RABBITS CHEW THE CUD?
In the general science note, Dr. Leonard Brand discusses an example of a purported error in the Bible and how recent scientific data relate to it. Leviticus 11:6 states that the hare chews the cud, while it is generally believed that this is not the case. This article reports on some of the more recent findings regarding the digestive patterns of the hare. Like the cow, it has a fermentation chamber with microorganisms to digest plant material. The hare and others of its type produce two kinds of fecal pellets; one kind is reingested and temporarily stored in the stomach until redigestion takes place, thus increasing the efficiency of food intake. This is quite similar to what goes on in the cud-chewing animals, like the cow, except that travel of the partially digested food is outside the body instead of a reverse internal pattern as found in the cow.
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