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Originally Posted May 12, 2021
by Robert Baty

In recent days Matt Powell and Kent Hovind have been teaming up to promote the idea that short term comets are proof of a young earth/universe.

So, I thought I would prepare this article to reflect my simple approach to addressing the problem and, I think, showing where their efforts are rather lame and do not do what they think they do.

This will be my open challenge to Kent Hovind and Matt Powell to engage me in completing the Exercise and discussing their problem with the Oort Cloud issue as there is time and interest.

Come out, come out; Matt Powell and/or Kent Hovind!

The Oort Cloud 101 Critical Thinking Exercise

The Argument

Major Premise:
IF (p) the universe is more than a few thousand years old, and no comets survive more than a few thousand years, THEN (q) our comets must be supplied from a source that is more than a few thousand years old.
Minor Premise:
(p) The universe is more than a few thousand years old, and no comets survive more than a few thousand years.
Conclusion:
(q) Our comets must be supplied from a source that is more than a few thousand years old.

The Exercise

Question #1
Do you think the Argument is so constructed that, if its premises are true, then its conclusion will follow as true therefrom (is logically valid)?
Matt Powell/Kent Hovind: (To Answer “Yes” or “No”)
Robert Baty: Yes
Question #2
Do you think the Major Premise is true?
Matt Powell/Kent Hovind: (To Answer “Yes” or “No”)
Robert Baty: Yes
Question #3
Do you think the Minor Premise is true?
Matt Powell/Kent Hovind: No
Robert Baty: Yes
Question #4
Do you think the conclusion is true?
Matt Powell/Kent Hovind: No
Robert Baty: Yes

https://youtu.be/hN4vSD-orU0?t=75

https://youtu.be/HAGwmOJMyjU?t=800

Update July 7, 2021

Kent Hovind performs live tonight and comes to the defense of Matt Powell, without daring to challenge my analysis above.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65kamahtIKM

 

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