Carbon Dating And The Bible
June 6, 2009 12 Comments
Most all of the people I have ‘talked’ to on this blog are Christian evangelical fundamentalist creationists. They almost to the man think that sciences dating of archaeological artifacts is flawed and cannot be trusted, especially if the dates disagree with their dogma. The Catholics and some mainline Protestants groups have seen the error in their ways and have accepted that science is right on these matters.
Below is the introductory paragraphs from a paper on dating of ancient materials by one of their own brethren who just happens to be a scientist involved in dating. I have provided a link to the whole article and the author, I should warn you the article is fairly technical.
“Radiometric dating–the process of determining the age of rocks from the decay of their radioactive elements–has been in widespread use for over half a century. There are over forty such techniques, each using a different radioactive element or a different way of measuring them. It has become increasingly clear that these radiometric dating techniques agree with each other and as a whole, present a coherent picture in which the Earth was created a very long time ago. 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”
“This paper describes in relatively simple terms how a number of the dating techniques work, how accurately the half-lives of the radioactive elements and the rock dates themselves are known, and how dates are checked with one another. In the process the paper refutes a number of misconceptions prevalent among Christians today. This paper is available on the web via the American Scientific Affiliation and related sites to promote greater understanding and wisdom on this issue, particularly within the Christian community.”
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