Early methods of absolute age dating

Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?

For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

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.

Love-hungry teenagers and archaeologists agree: dating is hard.

But while the difficulties of single life may be intractable, the challenge of determining the age of prehistoric artifacts and fossils is greatly aided by measuring certain radioactive isotopes.

This is different to relative dating, which only puts geological events in time Most absolute dates for rocks are obtained with radiometric methods.

After death the amount of carbon-14 in the organic specimen decreases very regularly as the molecules decay.

Far from being data, these dates are actually interpretations of the data.

As discussed before, the assumptions influence the interpretation of the data.

Until this century, relative dating was the only technique for identifying the age of a truly ancient object.

By examining the object's relation to layers of deposits in the area, and by comparing the object to others found at the site, archaeologists can estimate when the object arrived at the site.