YECs sometimes claim that no amount of evidence would convince “secular scientists” or “evolutionists” that the earth really was six thousand years old, that the Flood really was global, or that humans and animals really were unrelated. But this claim is patently false. It’s not hard to think of examples of things that would convince scientists that the earth really was that young.
- We would not see any stars more than six thousand light years away, with additional stars regularly coming into view with measurable distances of one light year further per year.
- Zircon crystals never being found containing more than about eighteen parts of lead per billion.
- We would have sequenced the entire T-Rex genome by now. In fact we would have whole T-Rex carcasses preserved in Arctic permafrost, just as we do with the woolly mammoths.
- Deposits of chalk, shale or other sedimentary rocks formed from fine particulate matter would never be more than a few metres thick.
- Levels of carbon-14 in ancient coals and diamonds would consistently reach as high as 25%-50% modern carbon in almost every sample that was tested. These levels would be consistent across all sorts of samples with very little variation in the lower limit.
- A measurable decrease in the speed of light or radioisotope decay rates of 0.1% per year – certainly well within the sensitivity range of lasers and other instruments.
- Alternatively, strong sensitivity of radioactive decay rates to temperature or pressure.
It would be interesting to come up with other scenarios that would provide strong evidence for a young earth if they actually existed, rather than the typical tiny samples with huge error bars that routinely get touted in YEC literature. Feel free to suggest your own.