Radiometric dating and christianity

In other words, half of the radioactive isotope in a sample would have decayed to Nitrogen-14 (N-14) in just 5,730 years.

C-14 dating of carbon-bearing materials is therefore limited to roughly 50,000 years.

But YE scientists point out some anomalies in relation to C-14 and a very old earth.

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Some claim Genesis in particular, and the Bible in general looks mythical from this standpoint.

A full discussion of the topic must therefore include the current scientific challenge to the OE concept.

The time required for half the original number of parent atoms to decay is called the half life.

Some half-lives are listed below: It follows that uranium-lead, potassium-argon (K-Ar), and Rubidium-Strontium (Rb-Sr) decay can be used for very long time periods, whilst radiocarbon dating can only be used up to about 70,000 years. This uses a simple exponential decay formula linking the original number, Po, of parent atoms in rocks and minerals to the P atoms now present, thereby enabling an estimate of geological age.

Radioactive parent (P) atoms decay to stable daughter (D) atoms e.g.

the carbon isotope C-14 decays to nitrogen-14 and the uranium isotope U-235 decays to the lead isotope Pb-207.

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.

This challenge is mainly headed by Creationism which teaches a young-earth (YE) theory.

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