Young Earth Christian Creationism (YEC) is a viable explanation for the origin of our universe.
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== Definitions ==
Young Earth Creationism (YEC): the belief that our universe, along with all of its contents, were created around 6000 years ago, from nothing, by the Christian God of the Bible (Yahweh).
Viable: capable of working successfully; feasible.
"Origin of our universe": the origin of the universe itself along with all of its components, including life and the Earth.
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== Case ==
Regarding the Origin of Earth
There are many pieces of scientific evidence that suggest that the Earth is significantly older than 6,000 years. These pieces of evidence render the claim of a Bibilically created Earth invalid. In the following paragraphs, I will list three of such pieces of evidence and explain how they invalidate a young Earth.
Ice core layers
Due to the fact that temperatures in the Antarctic almost never reach above the freezing point of water, ice core samples taken from the Antarctic contain well-preserved information about the environment there in the past, namely temperature data and greenhouse gas concentrations; however, the most relevant and easily distinguishable information is how many annual layers are preserved in that core. 
One specific sample shows around 60ka (60000 years) of annual snowfall layers . In order for these layers to have formed in 6,000 years, there would need to be 10 summer/winter cycles every year since the formation of the Earth.
Continental Drift theory
Fossils of the same species of dinosaur/prehistoric organism have been found spanning multiple continents, supporting the idea that all continents were once grouped together into one large supercontinent (Pangaea).
Currently, the Earth's tectonic plates are drifting at a rate of around 1 centimeter per year , A tectonic plate movement of 6,000 centimeters is obviously not enough for a connected mass of continents to become the wide array of landmasses that are present today. Also, a sped-up version of plate tectonics, commonly known as 'catastrophic plate tectonics' and created to explain away these problems, has been thoroughly debunked .
Petrification refers to the process of trees or tree-like plants transitioning completely into stone through perminalization .
The formation of petrified forests, such as the one pictured above, takes hundreds of thousands if not millions of years . Thus, these forests could not form in a young Earth environment.
== Note ==
In my next round I will specify continuing evidence against YEC regarding the origin of life. I would have preferred to add more to this round, but personal matters and time constraints prevent me from doing so.
Many scientific textbooks and all claim that the earth is between 4.55 and 4.6 billion years old. However, there is a huge gap of 50 million, how is that accurate?
Fossil record and continentional drift.
I would like to point out that you are using fossil records and all as proof for evolution. Historical science and obervational science are DIFFERENT. Historical science is the fossil record, it doesn't speak for itself. People try to find ways to show how fossils prove evolution through millions of years and evolution. A biblical creationist interprets it through thousands of years and the bible.
You don't exactly know what happened to the fossil, it could have been thrown around from the flood. A worldwide flood would have destroyed billions of plants and animals and thrown them around all over the Earth. This is where fossils come from according to biblical creation. If the world was one supercontinent, a worldwide flood could easily explain how the landscape was changed. A flood could easily alter the landscape.
It's the same evidence, different interpretations.
I mentioned before, the fossil record and all is all evidence of the past and our origins. However, you can't know for sure what happened by naturalism using observational science. An evolutionist who believes in billions of years and darwinism would interpret the same evidence as a biblical creaitonist in a DIFFERENT WAY.
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While we can form intelligent guesses of the past based on historical science, we can't know for sure because you weren't there.
Imagine walking into a room with an hourglass. The hourglass may have some sand on the top and some sand on the bottom. However, you can't calculate how much sand was truley at the top. You can make a logical guess but factors such as cracks in the glass and if a person took out sand could highly off throw results.
However, there was someone there to account for what was there. That someone was god, he has inspired people to write stories based on his words and they were put all together into the Bible. The bible has proven to be trustworthy and reliable accurate accounts of the past.
Evolution suggests that life came from non-life. However, this has never been observed making evolution not really holding up with science.
There is also no observable information in which new information can be added to an organism's genetic code. From going from a fish to an amphibian, new code would have to be added. There is no new code which pretty much disproves evolution.
how can evoution happen then? it can't.
What we observe is that humans are humans and monkeys are monkeys, and fish are fish. These are 2 scientific evidences against evolution.
THe second law of thermodynamics also disprove evolution.
There are many christians who are religious and believe in most of the bible but also try to fit in millions of years and evolution. This is not true to the bible and not true to christianity. Pope francis said that evolution and the big bang are real but this seems to go against christianity.
The bible shows us a written first hand account of the past, evolution is just a guess based on fossils and all.
How Old Is the Earth? | Answers in Genesis
The Fossil Record | Answers in Genesis
Evolution | Answers in Genesis
Evidence Against Evolution | Answers in Genesis
9 Scientific Facts Prove the "Theory of Evolution" is False | Humans Are Free
Why Evolution is False
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I extend all arguments. Vote Con.
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