Different types of fossil dating
It is possible to measure the ratio of the different radioactive parent isotopes and their daughter isotopes in a rock, but the ratios are not dates or ages.
The dates must be inferred based on assumptions about the ratios.
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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.
The Bible gives us a much more reliable history of the earth as it was recorded by God.
When someone mentions scientific dating methods, the first thing to come to mind for most people is carbon dating.