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Dr. Hugh Ross
Dr. Hugh Ross, who has a Ph.D. in astronomy form the University of Toronto, is the founder and director of Reasons to Believe, www.reasons.org. His web site is excellent. I love to listen to the latest discoveries on his web casts. The Archives cover many topics.
Hugh Ross debates Kent Hovind on the John Ankerberg Show: See http://www.ankerberg.org/TV/ankjasrm.html scroll down to the clip about Is the Age of the Earth Billions of Years Old or Just Six Thousand Years Old?
Some Key Books by Hugh Ross
Creation and Time. This shows the earth very old, and points out the problems with young earth creationist's arguments.
The Fingerprint of God. Shows that the design of the universe must point to a creator.
The Genesis Question. Covers the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis.
Journey Toward Creation. The latest discoveries that explores the beginning of the universe.
Did Humans live 900+ years before the Vela supernova? I have to respectfully disagree with Hugh Ross that ancient humans lived 900+ years. There is no archaeological evidence to show that man lived 900+ years before the Vela supernova (20,000-30,000 years ago). Dr. Cuozzo claims that the Neandertals lived at least 300 years, because of their big brows, but even their infants have big brows, so that big brows are not due to old age. DNA evidence shows that Humans and Neandertals are not related.
I remember taking a class at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The teacher brought in real skulls to look at. By looking at the lines in the skull you can roughly tell how old the person was when they died. One can also look at the teeth in the jaw to tell age. The pelvis can tell you the gender and for the female, how many children she gave birth to. Ancient skeletons do not show that man lived 900+ years.
I think it is better to understand the large life spans in Genesis five as being based on a different counting system. I think the names and numbers in Genesis five are based on a Sumerian King List.
Methuselah is said to of lived 969 years (Genesis 5:27). Allum, the first Sumerian king, ruled for 28,800 years, but the numbers in Genesis 5 and the Sumerian King List may be based on the sexagesimal system of the base 60 which the Sumerians invented. That is why we have 60 seconds in a minute, and 60 minutes in an hour. The oldest known way to tell time was to count each day, so if one divides by 360 (the number of days in their year), one will come up with the number of years he ruled which is 80 years. The next set of reigns after the great flood in the Sumerian King List is much lower and is probably based on lunar months (or 60), and the final set is most likely solar years (see also Walton, 1981, 207, and 1989, 129; Herodotus I:32).
Robert Best argues that scribes mistranslated the archaic Sumerian time sign U4 for year as "shar" meaning 3600 (1999, 118). Land sale documents were usually dated with the regal year, month, and day (Ibid., 121). This may be the original way that the Sumerian King List should be understood, so 18 shars would equal 18 years. For more information see his website and click on How old was Noah? at http://www.noahs-ark-flood.com/
Resources About Old Earth Creation for Teens
What's Darwin Got to Do with It? by Robert Newman, John Wiester, Janet and Jonathan Moneymaker. This is a cartoon story book that gets important points across graphically.
God Said it and ...Bang! It Happened. by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. This book is good for Junior High.
Guide to How it all Began. By Buce Bickel and Stan Jantz. This book is good for Senior High.