Instructor: Scientists think that the original atmosphere was reducing, that is, without oxygen. It was composed of carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen, ammonia, and nitrogen instead of our present carbon dioxide, water, nitrogen, and oxygen.
Student: But prof, there is no evidence anywhere in the rock strata that this planet has ever been without oxygen. The earliest rocks show evidence of oxidized iron, and there could be no water without oxygen. Every living creature has to have water, and it has to have oxygen! Taken from the Bio-Chemistry Classroom.
One person responded, “Your hypothetical student is a bit clueless. I suggest he does some reading on the subject before he tried to contradict his ‘prof’ again.” Always attack the person rather than the substance, huh? Well let’s take a look at a recent discovery in science daily which confirms once again, one of the hypothetical student’s claims…
“Red jasper cored from layers 3.46 billion years old suggests that not only did the oceans contain abundant oxygen then, but that the atmosphere was as oxygen rich as it is today, according to geologists.”
Looks like not only was the hypothetical student was right, but this is what creationists have been saying for years now. Evolutionary scientists were outright rejecting the evidence, believing in a story not science. The earth always had oxygen in it, not only that but at the same levels as today!
“Everyone agrees that this jasper is 3.46 billion years old,” said Ohmoto…”
No, not everyone agree that particular jasper is 3.46 years old, because it’s based purely on speculation, plus other data which conflicts with it, is generally thrown out for the desired readings.
“We found that the hematite from this core was made of a single crystal and therefore was not hematite made by ultra violet radiation,” said Ohmoto.”
“This could only happen if the deep ocean contained oxygen and the iron rich fluids came into contact at high temperatures. Ohmoto and his team believe that this specific layer of hematite formed when a plume of heated water, like those found today at hydrothermal vents, converted the iron compounds into hematite using oxygen dissolved in the deep ocean water.”
Very good science work done here. As we can see, creationists are not “clueless”, they are not filled with ignorance. Although some Christians may not be familiar with all the details of this particular subject on historical science but certainly not “clueless.”