Wiens Bewildered, Janet watches her son gaze in awe at the dinosaur exhibit. Yet, many people challenge the accuracy of radiometric dating, and misinformation describing the various radiometric techniques abounds.
But last Sunday, her Bible teacher stated emphatically that God made Earth only six thousand years ago. The age assigned to the fossils in front of her seems to contradict the creation account, and Janet’s heartbeats accelerate at the implication. Credible answers to common misconceptions about radiometric dating and a proper understanding of Scripture can help people like Janet reconcile creation accounts regarding the age of Earth.
He is presently employed in the Space & Atmospheric Sciences Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The key is to measure an isotope that has had time to decay a measurable amount, but not so much as to only leave a trace remaining.
Further evidence comes from the complete agreement between radiometric dates and other dating methods such as counting tree rings or glacier ice core layers.
Many Christians have been led to distrust radiometric dating and are completely unaware of the great number of laboratory measurements that have shown these methods to be consistent.
Many are also unaware that Bible-believing Christians are among those actively involved in radiometric dating.
A sign tells her that the Tyrannosaurus Rex is millions of years old. Debunking mysterious and complicated explanations of radiometric dating can be accomplished with a simple understanding of its general principles.