As a Christian, I don't believe that the exact age of the Earth can be determined. Many of us are adamant that the Earth is 6000 years old & by extension mankind has also been around for 6000 years...plus or minus a couple of centuries as a margin of error.
My question is if 6000 is correct then that would make the Earth's creation date approximately 4000 BC, wouldn't? If that's correct then how do you reconcile time, as we know it, before & afterwards to fit in that 6000 year timeframe?
The answer is that you can't.
That's true, but it goes WAY beyond that. There are man-made structures way older than that.
I suppose science could be grossly wrong about everything, even though the scientific evidence for a broad range of knowledge is both overwhelming and consistent.
Maybe god is trying to trick us by planting all kinds of confounding evidence.
Doesn't it make more sense that the earth is billions of years old, and all that other stuff, and that maybe someone's watch/calendar wasn't quite using the same units as we do these days?
All it takes is a little bit of critical thinking. But I realize that critical thinking is actively discouraged by certain groups.