Mark Twain and the “Age of the Earth”

Evolutionists and some geologists figure out the age of the earth to be a billion or so years. They do this when they calculate the formation of layers of rock, fossils, shale, and plain old dirt. Several assumptions have to be made to do this calculation, not the least of which is the assumption that rock formations always develop at a constant speed down through these alleged billions of years. When you show the fallacy of this unreliable assumption the evolutionist has very little left to use as “proof” of his assumption. Here is Mark Twain’s assessment from Life on the Mississippi.

“Since my own days on the Mississippi, cut-offs have been made at Hurricane Island; at Island 100; at Napoleon, Arkansas; at Walnut Bend; and at Council Bend. These shortened the river 10 miles or perhaps a little more.

“Therefore, the Mississippi between Cairo, Ill., and New Orleans was 1215 miles long 176 years ago. It was 1180 miles long after the cut-offs of 1772. It was 1040 miles long after the American Bend cut-off. It has lost 67 miles since. So, its; length is only 973 miles now.

“Now if I wanted to become one of those ponderous scientific people and ‘let on’ to prove what had occurred in the recent past; or what will occur in the far future by what has occurred in later years; what an opportunity is here! Geology never had such a chance, nor such exact data to argue from! Nor ‘development of species’ either! Glacial epochs are great things but they are very vague. Please observe:

“In the space of 176 years the Lower Mississippi shortened itself a trifle over one and one-third miles per year. Therefore any calm person who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the old ‘Oolitic Silurian Period’ just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi was upwards of 1,200,000 miles long and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a fishing rod!

“And by the same token, any person can see that 742 years from now the river will be only one and three-fourth miles long and Cairo and New Orleans will have joined their streets together and be plodding along under a single Mayor and mutual board of aldermen.”

Twain was just as “scientific” as those who guess at the age of the earth. — DRS

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