Creationism and radiometric dating

creationism and radiometric dating

Does radiometric dating have any scientific merit?

The topic of radiometric dating (and other dating methods) has received some of the most vicious attacks by young earth creation science theorists. However, none of the criticisms of young earth creationists have any scientific merit.

Does radiometric dating challenge the Bible’s creation record?

For many people, radiometric dating might be the one scientific technique that most blatantly seems to challenge the Bible’s record of recent creation. For this reason, ICR research has long focused on the science behind these dating techniques.

What is a radiometric date?

Radiometric dating or radioactive dating is a technique used to date materials such as rocks or carbon, in which trace radioactive impurities were selectively incorporated when they were formed.

How is the age of a rock determined by radiometric dating?

The age that can be calculated by radiometric dating is thus the time at which the rock or mineral cooled to closure temperature. This temperature varies for every mineral and isotopic system, so a system can be closed for one mineral but open for another.

Can all radiometric dating methods be wrong?

In regard to the radiometric dating of rocks, it is known that various different radiometric methods often yield quite discordant dates for the same rock, thus proving that they cannot all be correct.

What is a radiometric date?

Radiometric dating or radioactive dating is a technique used to date materials such as rocks or carbon, in which trace radioactive impurities were selectively incorporated when they were formed.

Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?

Radiometric dating of rocks and minerals using naturally occurring, long-lived radioactive isotopes is troublesome for young-earth creationists because the techniques have provided overwhelming evidence of the antiquity of the earth and life.

Why do scientists reject all but the oldest dating methods?

Yet when asked why they reject all but the oldest science-based dating methods, the answer often given is that (they think) long-age radiometric dating is more reliable and that science settled the matter of the earth’s age many years ago.

How is the age of a rock determined by radioactive decay?

Radiometric dating measures the decay of radioactive atoms to determine the age of a rock sample. It is founded on unprovable assumptions such as 1) there has been no contamination and 2) the decay rate has remained constant. By dating rocks of known ages which give highly inflated ages, geologists have shown this method can’t...

What is radiometric dating?

Gmail Yahoo! Outlook Other. Radiometric dating measures the decay of radioactive atoms to determine the age of a rock sample. It is founded on unprovable assumptions such as 1) there has been no contamination and 2) the decay rate has remained constant.

How can radioactive dating be used to date rocks?

Radiometric dating is often used to “prove” rocks are millions of years old. Dr. Andrew Snelling explains how radioactive dating methods may help us derive not absolute but relative ages of rocks. Geologists have discovered a great mystery—tiny black circles, called radiohalos, formed by polonium decay.

How do geologists determine the exact time when certain rocks appeared?

For the determination of the “exact” time when certain rocks appeared, it was the beginning of the 20 th century, i.e. the discovery of radioactivity that gave to the geologists a “clock” which helped them to define it. The determination of absolute (radiometric) age of a rock is based on the radioactive decay of isotopes.

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