Radiometric dating and christianity
This implies the earth is at least 20 million years old.Astronomical cycles can also be used to measure relative age.Some claim Genesis in particular, and the Bible in general looks mythical from this standpoint.A full discussion of the topic must therefore include the current scientific challenge to the OE concept.The earth precesses (wobbles like a spinning top) around the sun in a series of cycles.These cycles affect sunlight and hence long-term can form layers in rock.In some cases these astronomical cycles in rock appear to have been laid down over some 25 million years (and radiometric dating puts the absolute age of the rock at some 200 million years).Dating Anomalies Here we outline a few dating methods or 'clocks' that present a dating anomaly when referenced to the widely accepted OE age of 4.6 billion years. At the outset we note C-14 cannot be used to directly date the earth for the simple reason that the unstable C-14 isotope has a half-life of just 5,730 years.
Accepted Dating Methods Here we outline some dating methods, both absolute and relative, that are widely accepted and used by the scientific community.But YE scientists point out some anomalies in relation to C-14 and a very old earth.For instance, measurable amounts of C-14 have been found in fossil material, such as coal (traditionally Carboniferous period c300 mya).These estimates give 4.4-4.5 billion years for moon rock, and 4.54 billion years for iron metreorites.These techniques utilize the physical parameters of the earth, such as ice cores, annual lake sediments, and astronomical cycles.
The time required for half the original number of parent atoms to decay is called the half life.