I have attached a link with links to some good conversations. This is not to suggest that the subject has been settled but it will give you some food for thought when you talk with your friends.
Not all Christians believe in a young earth . Below I have provided some threads on Connect that should help you grapple with how to interpret Genesis 1 and why there are different views of the age of the earth among Bible believing Christians. Personally, I have read the books produced by ICR that suggest that decay rates may not have been constant in the past and that we therefore cannot extrapolate beyond a few thousand years because catastrophic events like the flood may have altered decay rates (or God may have altered them). Personally, however, I do not think this argument would convince a skeptic who has a naturalistic worldview and the Bible says nothing about decay rates being changed - so it seems like the whole argument is circular. If the earth is young the decay rates must have changed - we believe the earth is young, so we posit that the decay rates were not constant. I do believe that this branch of science is particularly prone to bias both ways because the implications are believed to directly impact foundational assumptions of peoples’ worldviews. The issue of the age of the earth should not divide Christians, so I believe there is room for disagreement here.
This first link from Paul Copan gives a brief summary of different approaches to the science / faith dialogue and should help you get your footing.
May the Lord Jesus grant you wisdom as you study. Feel free to ask further questions.
Here also is a book you may consider reading:
The Gospel Coalition
“If I had the power to require every Christian parent, pastor, and professor to read two books on creation and evolution—ideally alongside their mature children, parishioners, and students—it would be . . .”
Theodore Cabal, Peter Rasor II
Few topics have generated as much heat amongst evangelicals as the age of the earth and the doctrine of creation. Three camps have emerged to offer solutions: young-earth creationists (Answers in Gene …
4.7 out of 5 stars, ISBN: 978-1941337752, Weaver Book Company, May 1, 2017, $15.99
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