Older than dirt: Scientists assert ancient crystal is 4.4 billion years old

A recent report asserts a zircon found in Australia is 4.4 billion years old, making it allegedly the oldest particle of Earth ever discovered. The team of researchers published their results in a Nature Geoscience report titled Hadean age for a post-magma-ocean zircon confirmed by atom-probe tomography.

The age of Earth has been a focal point of heated discussion. Those who favor one or more of the five prevalent views of evolution (cosmic, chemical, stellar, organic or macro-evolution) often interpret information in a manner to lend extended epochs of time for such processes to function. A weakness in this view – in addition to its inability to explain the origin of life – is its tolerance of imprecision in and acceptance of broad, sweeping estimates of the age of Earth.

The Bible teaches that God made Earth and its occupants in a very short period of time, and that these were created with the appearance they had been in existence much longer than they actually had been.

Paul wrote, Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3, KJV).