And Jean Lamarck also proposed long ages.11 However, the idea of millions of years really took hold in geology when men like Abraham Werner, James Hutton, William Smith, Georges Cuvier, and Charles Lyell used their interpretations of geology as the standard, rather than the Bible.
Werner estimated the age of the earth at about one million years.
Cultures throughout the world have kept track of history as well.
From a biblical perspective, we would expect the dates given for creation of the earth to align more closely to the biblical date than billions of years.
Adam was created on day 6, so there were five days before him. So a simple calculation is: At this point, the first five days are negligible.In 1913, Arthur Holmes’s book, The Age of the Earth, gave an age of 1.6 billion years.14 Since then, the supposed age of the earth has expanded to its present estimate of about 4.5 billion years (and about 14 billion years for the universe).But there is growing scientific evidence that radiometric dating methods are completely unreliable.15 Christians who have felt compelled to accept the millions of years as fact and try to fit them into the Bible need to become aware of this evidence.This would destroy any evidence of alleged millions of years anyway.So the rock layers can theoretically represent the evidence of either millions of years or a global flood, but not both.