Radiometric dating and astronomical dating

14 Dec

Most scientists and many Christians believe that the radiometric dating methods prove that the earth is 4.5 billion years old.

The textbooks speak of the radiometric dating techniques, and the dates themselves, as factual information.

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.

The meaning of this equation is that the rate of change of the number of nuclei over time is proportional only to the number of nuclei.

Using the potassium-argon method, Fitch and Miller were the first to measure the age of the tuff.

Their result of 212–230 million years did not agree with the age of the fossils (elephant, pig, ape and tools) so they rejected the date.

They said the sample was contaminated with excess argon.

Using new samples of feldspar and pumice they ‘reliably dated’ the tuff at 2.61 million years, which agreed nicely.