Radiometric Dating. Science. in Christian Perspective.
RADIOMETRIC DATING. he question of the ages of the Earth and its rock formations and features has fascinated philosophers, theologians, and scientists for centuries. Radiometric dating is often used to “prove” rocks are millions of years old. Once you understand the basic science, however, you can see how wrong assumptions.
Radiometric. Christian Perspective. Dr. Roger C. Wiens. Estates Drive,Los Alamos, NM 8. RCWiens@MSN. Com[A PDF version of this document is also available.]Dr. Wiens has a Ph. D in Physics, with a minor. Geology. His Ph. D thesis was on isotope ratios in meteorites, including. He was employed at Caltech's Division of Geological.
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Planetary Sciences at the time of writing the first edition. He is. presently employed in the Space & Atmospheric Sciences Group at the Los. Alamos National Laboratory. First edition 1. 99. Radiometric dating- -the process of determining the age.
There are over forty such techniques, each using. It has. become increasingly clear that these radiometric dating techniques agree with. Earth was. created a very long time ago. Further evidence comes from the complete.
Many Christians have been led to. Many. are also unaware that Bible- believing Christians are among those actively. This. paper describes in relatively simple terms how a number of the dating techniques.
In the. process the paper refutes a number of misconceptions prevalent among Christians. This paper is available on the web via the American Scientific. Affiliation and related sites to promote greater understanding and wisdom on. Christian community. TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction. Overview. The Radiometric Clocks. Examples of Dating Methods for Igneous Rocks.
Potassium- Argon. Argon- Argon. Rubidium- Strontium. Samarium- Neodymium, Lutetium- Hafnium, and Rhenium- Osmium. Uranium- Lead. The Age of the Earth. Extinct Radionuclides: The Hourglasses that Ran Out. Cosmogenic Radionuclides: Carbon- 1.
Beryllium- 1. 0, Chlorine- 3. Radiometric Dating of Geologically Young Samples. Non- Radiogenic Dating Methods for the Past 1. Years. Ice Cores. Varves. Other Annual- Layering Methods. Thermoluminescence.
First note that the time t=0 is the time when Sr was isotopically homogeneous, i.e. 87 Sr/ 86 Sr was the same in every mineral in the rock (such as at the time of. Overview. Introduction; Background. Stratigraphic principles & relative time; Biostratigraphy; Radiometric dating: Calibrating the time scale; A theoretical example. Science in Christian Perspective. Radiometric Dating. A Christian Perspective. Dr. Roger C. Wiens 941 Estates Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544 RCWiens@MSN.Com. See also Counterexamples to an Old Earth. Radiometric dating is a method of determining the age of an artifact by assuming that on average decay rates have. Radiometric Dating The Age of the Earth: Part One Introduction: There are at least 67 different uniformitarian (the present is the key to the past) methods of. How radiometric dating works in general : Radioactive elements decay gradually into other elements. The original element is called the parent, and the result of the.
Electron Spin Resonance. Cosmic Ray Exposure Dating. Can We Really Believe the Dating Systems?
Doubters Still Try. Apparent Age? Rightly Handling the Word of Truth. Appendix: Common Misconceptions Regarding Radiometric Dating. Techniques. Resources on the Web. Further Reading: Books. Acknowledgements. More About the Author Glossary.
Introduction. Arguments over the age of the Earth have sometimes been. Bible as God's word. Even though the. Earth's age is never mentioned in the Bible, it is an issue because those who. Genesis can calculate an. Assuming a strictly literal interpretation of the. Earth would be less than ten thousand years old. Radiometric. dating techniques indicate that the Earth is thousands of times older than.
Many Christians accept. Genesis account in less scientifically literal ways.
However, some Christians suggest that the geologic dating techniques are. Unfortunately, much of the literature available to Christians has been.
The next few pages cover a broad overview of radiometric. The goal is to promote greater. Christian community.
Many. people have been led to be skeptical of dating without knowing much about it. For example, most people don't realize that carbon dating is only rarely used on. God has called us to be "wise as serpents" (Matt. In spite of this, differences still occur within the. A disagreement over the age of the Earth is relatively minor in the. Christianity; it is more important to agree on the Rock of Ages.
But because God has also called us to wisdom, this. Overview. Rocks are made up of many individual crystals, and each. Most of the elements in nature are stable and. However, some elements are not completely stable in their natural. Some of the atoms eventually change from one element to another by a.
If there are a lot of atoms of the original. The passage of time can be charted. Radiometric dating can be compared to an hourglass. When the. glass is turned over, sand runs from the top to the bottom.
Radioactive atoms. You cannot predict exactly when.
Once all of the. sand has fallen out of the top, the hourglass will no longer keep time unless it. Similarly, when all the atoms of the radioactive element.