Radiometric dating and christianity
In some cases these astronomical cycles in rock appear to have been laid down over some 25 million years (and radiometric dating puts the absolute age of the rock at some 200 million years).
Dating Anomalies Here we outline a few dating methods or 'clocks' that present a dating anomaly when referenced to the widely accepted OE age of 4.6 billion years. At the outset we note C-14 cannot be used to directly date the earth for the simple reason that the unstable C-14 isotope has a half-life of just 5,730 years.
One early approach was based upon ocean salinity [John Joly, 1800's].
This assumed the ocean was initially pure water and that it's salinity was derived from continental erosion.
The technique gave 90 million years, but took no account of the non-constant erosion rate, or the loss and recycling of salt, or the fact that salt is obtained from other sources as well as continents.
More recently, work has been done on ocean sediments [S. This suggests that, given the current annual rates of erosion (some 27.5 billion tons), all earth's continents would be delivered into the oceans in just 14 million years.
In fact, organic samples from every portion of the Phanerozoic record (spanning the last 500 million years on OE dating) show detectable amounts of C-14.
Accepted Dating Methods Here we outline some dating methods, both absolute and relative, that are widely accepted and used by the scientific community.This challenge is mainly headed by Creationism which teaches a young-earth (YE) theory.A young earth is considered to be typically just 6,000 years old since this fits the creation account and some dating deductions from Genesis.Absolute dating supplies a numerical date whilst relative dating places events in time-sequence; both are scientifically useful.This is based upon the spontaneous breakdown or decay of atomic nuclei.