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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Confusion and Contradiction on Early Earth Oxygen Levels

Secular geologists have been conducting a passel of studies recently on the oxygen levels on early Earth, but the studies are not supporting each other. One claims that it supports the current view that there was very little oxygen way back when, which is fine, since evolution hadn't been happening much yet and life forms didn't really need it. Another study indicated more oxygen than originally though, but hey, it must have been in the upper atmosphere, but the lower atmosphere was radically different. All of the results were inferred with uniformitarian (the present is the key to the past) assumptions.


Secular geologists have been releasing contradictory studies about oxygen levels on Earth when it was younger. Creationary scientists are not surprised, and the results fit creation science models.
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Then a third study shows that the oxygen levels back then were abundant. This study had better evidence, using air bubble trapped in salt crystals, but they still used assumptions based on fundamentally flawed radiometric dating about the age of Earth. (Interestingly, they ignored older studies that affirmed that early Earth was indeed rich in oxygen.) Secularists are surprised, but creationary scientists can show that the results fit their models.
“Lack of oxygen did not hold back evolution of complex life” was the bold announcement in the scientific news media on January 26, 2016.1 An opportunity is never lost by the secular media to trumpet as supposed fact the latest scientific findings that so confidently promote the secular, naturalistic, evolutionary worldview of life’s history in a uniformitarian framework and timescale for earth’s history.

This time it was all about the earth’s early atmosphere supposedly being devoid of enough oxygen to fuel the later-claimed evolution of “complex” animals from earlier “simple” life. So what was really found? Does it really show the earth’s early atmosphere was devoid of oxygen? And how does this relate or fit with what God’s Word teaches about the earth’s earliest history when He created everything fully formed and functioning in six literal days?
To read the rest, take a deep breath and click on "Oxygen Levels in the Early Earth’s Atmosphere".

Secular geologists have been releasing contradictory studies about oxygen levels on Earth when it was younger. Creationary scientists are not surprised, and the results fit creation science models.