Age of the Earth Belief in God Cosmology Creation/evolution Science

Seminar: Age and Reason

Why is a 6,000-year-old universe so hard to believe?

One Day Seminar (9 am to 5 pm) Saturday 1st August 2015

Happened AGE AND REASON smallin Adelaide South Australia


Sponsored by Creation Ministries International


  • A/Prof. John Gideon Hartnett (Australian, physicist, cosmologist)
  • Dr Jim Mason (Canadian, nuclear physicist)

Topics Covered:

Worldviews of naturalism, uniformitarianism and biblical creation; age of the Universe, age of the earth, dating methods, Carbon-14, biblical cosmology, fossils, sedimentation, creationist solutions to the starlight travel time problem and much more.

The talks were recorded and are available here for online viewing. 

Click on the links below for video of audio/visual Powerpoint presentations.


Item Talk Title Duration
Session 1:

Jim Mason

A 6,000-year-old universe!  Who says?  Who cares? 45 mins
Session 2:

John Hartnett

Development of an “old” universe in science 41 mins
Session 3:

Jim Mason

Doesn’t radiometric dating prove the Earth is billions of years old? 37 mins
Session 4:

John Hartnett

Starlight and Time: Is it a brick wall for biblical creation? 37 mins
Session 5:

Jim Mason

What about those 100-million-year-old dinosaur fossils? 33 mins

Both Jim and John

Questions and Answers 60 mins

And, of course, why is it so hard to believe in a 6000-year old Universe?

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By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.