Evidence for Dense Early Atmospehre

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Evidence for Dense Early Atmospehre

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Post by Evan » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:51 am

Many Old-Earth creationists, such as Richard Deem, have put forth the theory that Genesis 1 has a terrestrial perspective and that the "Let there be light" of Genesis 1:3 refers to the early atmosphere, which was dense and dark, being oxygenated and allowing stars to peer through. In researching this for a writing of mine, I came across some recent research that put forth the early atmosphere was actually thinner and composed mostly of CO2/nitrogen. While a CO2 atmosphere could be hard to see through (cf. Mars') the idea of the atmosphere being thinner seems to challenge the OE view on Genesis 1:3 and its relationship to the early atmosphere.

Is there any recent research that still defends such a view of the early atmosphere? Where is the original research used to defend this viewpoint? Could there be alternative explanations that still posit a terrestrial perspective? I eagerly await a response to this quandry.

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Re: Evidence for Dense Early Atmospehre

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Post by DBowling » Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:50 pm

These articles from Reasons to Believe might help
(note references at the bottom of the articles)

A Hazy Atmosphere on Early Earth
https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/today ... arly-earth

Hazy Early Earth: More Affirmation of Creation Day 4
https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/today ... tion-day-4

Earth's Primordial Magma Ocean Affirms Genesis 1 Creation Events
https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/today ... ion-events
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Re: Evidence for Dense Early Atmospehre

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Post by Evan » Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:41 am

DBowling wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:50 pm
These articles from Reasons to Believe might help
(note references at the bottom of the articles)

A Hazy Atmosphere on Early Earth
https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/today ... arly-earth

Hazy Early Earth: More Affirmation of Creation Day 4
https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/today ... tion-day-4

Earth's Primordial Magma Ocean Affirms Genesis 1 Creation Events
https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/today ... ion-events
Ah, great, thank you very much!

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