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Any portrayal of the RATE project as confirming scientific support for a young earth, contradicts the RATE project’s own admission of unresolved problems. The project has also been criticized by geologist Kevin Henke for, among other things, using faulty standard deviations, misidentifying rock samples, and correcting "typographical errors" in other researchers' data without providing any evidence that such corrections were warranted.
who noted that, among other problems, the RATE team had used an unrealistic diffusion model, had misidentified the rock samples, had made incorrect assumptions about their thermal history, and had used incorrect standard deviations.
lack of blindness in the measurements is a rather insubstantial reason for disbelieving the result."(t)he Church must respond to the challenge of those who want it to stop the process, who would want us to show that the Church fears the science.
One was excessive heat generation, which would have been sufficient to raise the temperature of the earth's surface to 22,000 °C, sufficient to evaporate the earth unless some extraordinary cooling mechanism were applied.
They acknowledged that neither conduction, nor convection, nor radiation could remove this heat quickly enough, and that therefore a new, esoteric solution would have to be found.
Yet they are so confident that these problems will be resolved that they encourage a message that the reliability of the Bible has been confirmed.
[C]laims that scientific data affirm a young earth do not meet the criterion of integrity in science.