Creationism vs carbon 14 dating
Instead, it can only give up to approximately 50,000 years. Unfortunately, dating methods such as the carbon dating method have only been around for a short period of time.
Assumptions While this dating method sounds pretty good and simple enough to understand, there are some assumptions that aren’t often pointed out. So far, no known environmental factors have been able to significantly cause the decay rates to vary.
With this said, it would be worth while to check out this feedback session which does seem to suggest that there might have been an accelerated decay rate in the past, at least for the uranium-lead method.
“It is important to realize that an accurate radiometric date can be obtained only if the mineral remained a closed system during the entire period since its formation.
A correct date is not possible unless there was neither the addition nor loss of parent or daughter isotopes.” This assumption is not one that I am willing to concede on.
In order for carbon dating to work (and this applies to other dating methods as well), the parent and daughter concentrations must have not been altered throughout the specimen’s history.
How carbon-14 enters an organism Most C-14 will combine with oxygen to produce radioactive carbon dioxide (C-14 O-2).
For this reason, I will have to bite the bullet and accept that it is reasonable to assume the decay rate is constant (even though I give this assumption, this doesn’t mean the decay rate is constant.
Rather I am conceding due to no current evidence for the contrary).
However, when one starts with the Bible and interprets the information received from carbon dating accordingly, one will soon learn that in no way does carbon dating disprove the young earth.
Misconception # 1: Carbon dating can be used to date objects that are millions or even billions of years old Carbon dating is one of the most popular radioactive dating methods used today.