So how old is the earth. We have a House Member saying 9000 years. Here is my question. We can determine distance based upon the amount of light we see if we know how bright the Candle or Light bulb is as the source. It is elemental physics. We have reference stars. These are stars close enough that we can triangulate, using Parallax, to determine their absolute distance. This is just geometry, trigonometry. We then use our 100 year understanding of connection between the temperature, the spectra and sizes of these stars to give us the Main Star Sequence. Within this are the variable stars. There are several kinds but well understood because most exist within Parallax distances. These are stars that are known Candles or Light Bulbs, their spectra stands out easily identified. Wherever we find the signature pulsating signals we can know the output of these Candles. And then distance can be easily computed. Distances well over 100,000 light-years distance are easily seen today. Two orders of magnitude over 9000 years. Hubble Telescope gives us views of distance Galaxies with these unique Candles that reach million of light years. I can't accept the literal interpretation of the Bible, certainly about the beginning of existence for the earth and space.
Even a superstitious man has certain inalienable rights. He has a right to harbor and indulge his imbecilities as long as he pleases. . . He has a right to argue for them as eloquently as he can, in season and out of season. He has a right to teach them to his children. But certainly he has no right to be protected against the free criticism of those who do not hold them. He has no right to demand that they be treated as sacred. He has no right to preach them without challenge." -H.L. Mencken