Thomas G. Barnes

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Thomas G. Barnes
Born(1911-08-14)August 14, 1911
DiedOctober 21, 2001(2001-10-21) (aged 90)
Nationality United States
Alma materHardin-Simmons University
Brown University
Known forYoung Earth creationism
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorRobert Bruce Lindsay

Thomas G. Barnes (August 14, 1911 – October 23, 2001) was an American creationist, who argued in support of his religious belief in a young earth by making the faulty scientific claims that the Earth's magnetic field was consistently decaying and that Einstein's theory of relativity was incorrect.


Barnes obtained three degrees in Physics: an AB from Hardin-Simmons University in 1933, an MS from Brown University under Robert Bruce Lindsay in 1936, and an honorary Sc.D. again from Hardin-Simmons University in 1950. His detractors have questioned his credentials based on the fact that his doctorate was honorary.[1]

At the time that Barnes joined the Creation Research Society (CRS) in the early 1960s, he was the head of the Schellenger Research Laboratories at Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso), where he was completing a textbook on electricity and magnetism,[2] and on whose faculty he served from 1938 until he retired in 1981.[3] Barnes headed one of the first projects of the CRS, to create a creationist high school biology text.[4] Barnes served as the president of the CRS in the mid-1970s.[5]

Earth's magnetic field decay[edit]

Barnes claimed to calculate the half-life of the earth's magnetic field as approximately 1,400 years based on 130 years of empirical data.[6][7] Some creationists have used Barnes' argument as evidence for a young earth, less than 10,000 years as suggested by the Bible.[8] His critics discredit this concept, claiming that Barnes failed to take experimental uncertainties into account and used an obsolete model of the interior of the earth.[9][10]



  • Thomas G. Barnes, Science and Biblical Faith: A Science Documentary, Creation Research Society Books, 191pp. (1993) (ISBN 978-0963755001).
  • Thomas G. Barnes, Space Medium: The Key to Unified Physics, Geo/Space Research Foundation, 170pp. (1986) (ISBN 978-0936961019).
  • Thomas G. Barnes, Physics of the Future: A Classical Unification of Physics, Master Books, 208pp., (1983) (ISBN 978-0932766090).
  • Thomas G. Barnes, Origin and Destiny of the Earth's Magnetic Field, Institute for Creation Research, (1973) (ISBN 978-0890510131).[6]
  • Thomas G. Barnes, Foundations of Electricity and Magnetism, Heath, 331pp., (1965) (ASIN B0006BMTRU).


  • Thomas G. Barnes, "Resonant Optics for Detection of Rotation and Translation", Galilean Electrodynamics, V2, N3, p. 55 [Correspondence V2, N4, p. 77] (1991).
  • Thomas G. Barnes & Harold S. Slusher, "Space Medium Theory Applied to Lunar and Stellar Aberration", Galilean Electrodynamics, V1, N4, p. 43 [Correspondence V1, N5, p. 68] (1990).


  1. ^ Brett Vickers, Some Questionable Creationist Credentials, Talk.Origins, (1998, updated May 2002).
  2. ^ Numbers(2006) pp257-258
  3. ^ So Long Dr. Barnes
  4. ^ Number(2006) p266
  5. ^ Numbers(2006) p283
  6. ^ a b Thomas G. Barnes, Origin and Destiny of the Earth's Magnetic Field, Institute for Creation Research, (1973) (ISBN 978-0890510131).
  7. ^ Thomas G. Barnes, "Physics: A Challenge to 'Geologic Times'", Impact, 16, (July 1974).
  8. ^ Vance Ferrell, "Evolution Cruncher", Evolution Facts, Inc., Chapter 4, "The Age of the Earth", pp. 126-159 (2001) (ASIN B0006S99JE).
  9. ^ Tim Thompson, On Creation Science and the Alleged Decay of the Earth's Magnetic Field, Talk.Origins (Jun 1997), Rebuttal of Barnes' magnetic field claim.
  10. ^ Epic Idiot - Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design[permanent dead link], Rebuttal of Barnes' magnetic field claim.


  • Numbers, Ronald (2006). The Creationists : from scientific creationism to intelligent design. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-02339-0.

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